It felt like a shakedown to me. We already get a heavily worded “blessing of the offering” by the altar server before the collection, and now this message in white wording on a black background is projected on 2 screens at the front, impossible to miss it.
This is the vigil Mass, with mostly older parishioners, perhaps some of the previous larger donators but many of whom are now retired and on a fixed income.
I found it incredibly insulting and I will probably give less, so I guess God is going to punish me for that. :mad:
He does not like people that react in anger. if you feel that you are targeted then you should reevaluate your donations either you are not giving enough or you are giving enough but you still feel guilty. In the first case you can easily increase your donation and in the second case you have to set your sense of duty/pride away and realize that God is in the driver seat and He expects you to try to do your best and not to succeed.
You could also mention to the pastor that people that strive for the best might be hurt by the statement because it can be taken with a lot of different meanings.
Boy, this really sets me off. It is rude and intimidating and sets the wrong tone. It is nice though that your pastor is now speaking for God!
If it was my parish, I would talk to my pastor or Parish Council and ask that it be removed or reworded - something like “God bless each of you for your gift of charity to support our parish and your needy brothers and sistes in Christ”.
If it was not taken down, my weekly donations to the parish would go to Catholic Charities or to the Diocese directly instead.
That is not an appropriate message at all. We should give of our time, talent and treasure according to what we have and within our comfort level. Yes, people should give in the weekly collections, but not all do.
The projection equipment was donated several years ago by a parishioner. That is where the lyrics to hymns and our responses (Our Father, Creed, etc.) are put up. Our new pews have no hymn book holders on the back of the pew. All of our old Gather books were given to a local retreat center.
The screens are to the left and right side of the altar, between 2 columns where the EMs walk up the steps to the altar. They are not as large as at a football game. Maybe 4’ x 4’?
It does create problems when the inevitable technical glitch happens - such as when the projectionist doesn’t put up the hymn lyrics quickly enough as we transition from verse to verse, or the lyrics just don’t load at all. And if you don’t know the melody, you can’t follow along in the hymnal, you just have to wing it.
At one point, I was really concerned that Father would start doing PowerPoint presentations instead of homilies. He has used the screens to show his outline a few times, but not recently.
Is there an office you would suggest? I have had very little contact with the Diocese over the years and would not know whom to call about this.
There is a note of desperation to this tactic, perhaps because we are nowhere near meeting our DSF goal, and contributions have been steadily declining over the last 7 or so years. Many parishioners have left for various reasons, and the demographic that has replaced them does not have the means to contribute as much to the church.
The Parish Council is well aware of all these factors but can do little about them.
I am not saying that the pastor did not know what he was doing. I simply said that if you bring it up with him he might look at the scenario one more time and hopefully change his style. Sometime bringing up things in a charitable manner is giving the little nudge that people need in order to change. If you do that the priest can rationalize the whole thing and say to himself that he his changing what he is doing not because he is wrong (maybe nobody understood him) but because some people might be offended.