By Tony DeGol
At times like these, everyone’s safety, health, and well-being is the priority.
With faithful not in the pews for Sunday Mass, the financial health of parishes is also a concern for many pastors.
Obviously faith communities rely on the weekly offertory to pay their utilities and other operational expenses.
During this time of no public Masses, pastors are asking parishioners to still support their parish to the best of their ability.
“I am particularly concerned for our long-term financial well-being,” admitted Father Leo Arnone, Pastor of Saint Aloysius and Saint Francis Xavier Parishes in Cresson. “I am urging parishioners to continue with their weekly contributions as they normally would.”
Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Altoona is also among the churches inviting parishioners to mail or drop off their offertory gift.
“Our bills continue to need to be paid,” reminded the Pastor, Monsignor Michael Becker. “But we certainly understand that many are financially challenged in these times.”
The faithful can also take advantage of online giving options. To assist parishes that do not currently offer online/electronic giving, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is providing the use of its online giving platform. Donors may visit www.dioceseaj.org/giving and select “Your Parish Offertory.” All funds will be credited to the donor’s parish, and parishes will be made aware of the gifts.
“If in any way, people have the financial ability in this time – not if you’re struggling, but if you have the ability, please consider giving to your local church,” said Father Mark Reid, Administrator of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon. “It’s a wonderful way to remember the Church and remember what we’re trying to do even in these difficult times.”