24 February 2009

How many dollars do people put in offering envelopes?

This many, says St. Luke's Church in Whitestone, Queens, where "detailed breakdowns of members' weekly donations have begun appearing in the weekly bulletin."
Without naming names, the church leaflet two weeks ago began revealing exactly how many parishioners tossed their church-supplied donation envelopes into the collection basket at Sunday Mass - and how much cash was in each envelope. Last week there were 661 donations totaling $8,527...

At. St. Luke's, where monthly church expenses top $20,000, not all parishioners are up in arms.

"The church has needs," said Claudia Morelli, a longtime parishioner. "People may have given $1 for years and years. These days, what does a dollar buy you?"

Via J-Walk.

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