I tend to disagree with this. We went to a different parish that offered no CCD/Confirmation classes nor regular parochial school. We did not attend the church that offered these for a number of reasons. It was cliquey, the children who attended mass were completely unruly( and not babies or toddlers, but 7-8 year olds who are perfectly capable of sitting still for an hour), the music was bad and went on for never ending amounts of time, and once the priest actual said “***** happens” during his homily.
I went to another parish, that was quiet, more reflective, and skewed to an older crowd.
At one of my confirmation classes, the priest calls me out in front of the entire class and said that I shouldn’t expect to be confirmed if I can’t be bothered to show up to mass once a week. I told him quite loudly all of the above reasons as to why we so seriously loathed his parish, and that the only reason I was there for classes is because it was closest to our home, and that if he had any doubts about my attendance he could feel free to pick up the phone and confirm with the priest that my rear end was planted firmly in a pew every Saturday evening alongside my parents and grandparents.
I don’t feel like my parents should be penalized financially because their church did not offer schooling/ or religious ed classes. And I don’t think it’s fair to hunt/stalk/ or monitor people’s giving habits.
My parents don’t give money weekly. They write a big check at Christmas and Easter. If that wouldn’t be good enough then I’m sure they would have given a piece of their mind to the gossipy church secretary and an even bigger piece to the priest.