These are certainly challenging times for our country and our communities. In times of uncertainty, we rely on the support of family, friends, and the parish community. One of the many challenges presented to us is the inability to attend Mass. Welcoming each other, praying together, and coming before our Lord in the Eucharist provides nourishment and comfort. The warm smiles, the comforting conversations, and the generosity of parishioners are greatly missed in our Parishes.
Parishes rely on the generous stewardship of parishioners to bring the Gospel to life. During this crisis, many parishioners are sharing their time and talents to help the needy in their parish communities. Ongoing financial support is also needed to ensure the Parish will be sustainable upon our return. However, this presents a unique challenge for many who physically contribute each Sunday and for parishes that do not have a tool for online giving.
The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has created a unique solution to provide parishes an online giving tool for the offertory. No parish website is required and every parish is given a unique web link to their own donation page. There is no cost for the parish to enroll in utilizing this benefit and all funds will be directed to each parish, as designated. Each parish will receive the online gifts contributed on their donation page and will be able to receive the names of the generous stewards who are offering their support.