Providing For The Needs Of The Church
The fifth precept of the Church is “You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.” The Catechism notes that this “means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.”
In other words, we don’t necessarily have to tithe (give ten percent of our income), if we can’t afford it; but we should also be willing to give more if we can. Our support of the Church can also be through donations of our time, and the point of both is not simply to maintain the Church but to spread the Gospel and bring others into the Church, the Body of Christ.
Throughout most of the last year, the Parish income has been reduced because of the church being closed during lockdowns, and even while it has been open, congregations have been smaller.
The Archbishop has let us off the Sunday Mass Obligation due to the lockdowns, and the risks due to the virus. However, we still have the obligation to assist with the material needs of the Church, which we normally do at Mass during the Offertory, by placing money in the collection.
While we can’t do it that way at the moment, we can do it in other ways, for example by EFT directly into the parish’s bank account, or if you prefer, by credit or debit card by using Zapper: