One of my early church memories is my parents receiving a letter from the local church asking for money so the Monsignor could get a new Cadillac. My parents - both very conservative - were furious. They changed parishes.
The fact is that it looks lousy. That’s not why people put money in a church basket. It’s bad stewardship.
That Monsignor had chutzpah! I guess in his favor, he had honesty. Maybe he sent out the letter as a form of lesson.
so the Monsignor could get a new Cadillac. My parents - both very conservative - were furious.
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Don’t know your ‘age’ range BUT I remember back in my ‘Altar Boy’ days of the 50’s that the Church or KOFC or a Womans Group or a Mens Group or the BINGO would have a drawing about once a year for a new car and ALL in the Parish, including the non believers, were sold ‘tickets’ for the new car which was to be raffled.
Well we know the Lord ‘looks out for his own’ as I seem to remember it was always a Priest or Nun or such that won the raffle.
I, noticed this immediately and wonder(ed) why the adults didn’t.
In later life it led me to quip at various raffles at the VFW and AL that “since you bought so many tickets I will make sure some of them get in the drum”, naturally I was joking but I wonder where I got that idea???? <: <:
Fifty years ago, the pastor of our parish drove a black 1960 Ford Falcon. Sometimes he did, since it was usually commandeered by the nuns running errands. We had three priests, twenty nuns & a convent, a huge grade school, and the church in the school ground floor & the cafeteria converted to extra space for Mass.
And one automobile. The bishop of our diocese rode in a chauffeured Cadillac.