I’m putting this in Family Life because it effects family life.
Somehow, I got on a list of families in our school who received what I perceived to be a rather bleating letter regarding stewardship. It also contained a pledge card. I called the parish office to make sure our envelope contributions were being recorded (and they are), so it confuses me as to why Father would send out this blanket letter randomly and rather capriciously, sealed in an envelope so that nobody could see the contents, then passed it out during school hours to the school children through classrooms to take home. To say it rankled me is an understatement.
He started this campaign in October. In November, they passed out pledge cards, which we filled in on the same percentage as last year. We then got the same information in the mail. Now this. Same song, again and again, for three months.
One way I think the parish could save money is to quit sending whining, bleating letters. The cost of all this paper would be a savings in itself! All they do is make people angry, or worse, apathetic.
I would like to be able to offer a few more suggestions to Father than, “Quit insulting the people who do give, and ticking off those who don’t. And while you’re at it, quit bringing up your racecar in the same homily as parish finances.”
I checked out Parish Pay, which seems a good 21st century solution. I also found the Catholic Answers Guide to Family Finances, which makes a lot more sense than the annual semi-seminar on “tithing” which, despite Father’s little lecture, is not a part of canon law and is not really tithing. And if I hear the term “stewardship” one more time, I think I will barf.
Any more ideas that might work in your parish? Praying is good, but is also a given.