**Please help! I am really nervous about a recent campaign my parish is holding. They are near-forcing donation and we cannot make a pledge, as we are living paycheck to paycheck.
Normally we just check the “will offer prayerful support” box. This time the commitment cards don’t have that box! :eek: They only offer donations of money or kind (goods worth money.) :shrug:
They also “kindly” gave us a chart showing how much we should be giving to this campaign based on our monthly income, and that is the MINIMUM we should be considering! For us this “minimum” is a couple thousand dollars!!! :eek: AND they also said that if we don’t turn in our commitment cards they will call us personally and remind us to. :eek:
I don’t even have an income. My husband does. I ask him to donate what he can and when he can, and for him (protestant) to donate to a catholic church in the first place is pretty good. So I never force anything.
I thought to just ADD a “will offer prayerful support” box to our commitment card and turn that in. But thought that might come across poorly.
Also, what could be the worst that happens if we don’t offer a financial commitment/pledge? Could they take away our membership? Deny our future children baptism? What could happen if we simply do not donate, and refuse the “phone reminder” as well? Is this right of them to be so forceful and in your face about donating?
Please help! Never had this happen before. I’ve always been a member of very wonderful and loving parishes that understand that some people just can’t give financially. :shrug:**