So, our parish Priest has a new rule: Attendance. Many of us now use auto-deduction for donations, so they cannot “keep track” of who is going to Mass. First we were told to bring the empty envelopes in and drop them in the basket anyway so we can be “counted.” I never did that because I went to auto-deduction to stop having to deal with those little envelopes.
Now we have to rip out a square from our bulletin during the Mass and fill it out saying that we are there and drop it in the basket.
If we are at a different parish on travel, we must take those slips and bring them, fill them out, and there is a note for the OTHER parish Priest to mail the slip back to our parish to be counted for Mass.
This is for any family who has students in EITHER the Catholic school or those who are in the CCD classes instead.
I was told they “don’t want children getting the sacraments (First Communion, mostly) without regularly attending Mass.” My kids just turned 4 and 6. We’re not getting any sacraments yet, so we will have to fill these forms out for several **years **before this takes effect.
Also, I’ve been told that parents of students in the Catholic school are getting letters that they are going to be charged “non parishioner” rates if they do not comply.
On a side note, our pews are not empty. We have a LARGE church and there is standing room only at all of the Masses I attend (though I don’t know how many students are missing).
I will not say what I truly feel about this policy, because I wouldn’t say anything nice about it. Even our CCD teacher has refused to do it. But that is not really why I posted. **What I do wonder is if *other *parishes are doing this. None of my former parishes ever did this, so I was curious. **
PS - For All Saints Day and that next day (Sunday), I was out of town as we had a wedding to attend. It was a full Mass on All Saints Day (the local Priest said it counted) and we attended the next morning (Sunday). I grabbed the bulletin for that church and have the wedding Mass handout (giving the order of the ceremony). I have not heard if it “counts” yet…