Is passing on the collection plate at Mass a sin?

In this episode of "The Catholic Talk Show," Ryan Scheel, Ryan Dellacrosse, and Father John Tetlow discuss why Catholics are obligated to support the Church.

Giving is an important part of the faith. Canon Law is clear about our obligation to assist with the needs of the Church.

Scheel explains this is part of our collective responsibility for the Church’s wellness, “so that the Church has what is necessary for Divine worship, for the works of the apostolic and of charity, and for the decent support of ministers.”

But what happens if you can’t contribute financially?

The Church teaches compassion and understanding. “The faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the church, each according to his own ability,” Scheel explains.

All forms of contributions are valuable. Participating in the life and needs of the Church to the best of one's ability is what really matters, Father Tetlow adds.

“People can give time, talent, and treasure," he says. "It all comes together and makes for a wonderful situation in churches, everybody working together.”

Giving to the Church is fundamentally about participating in the Body of Christ.

Passing on the collection plate is less about sin and more about missing an opportunity to reflect on how we might support the Church and its community in whatever way we can.

"What people respond to is what they're receiving spiritually at the Mass. It's going to make a difference in the way people give because people will give to something they're receiving," Father Tetlow says.

The guys say that when supporting the Church, remember every little bit counts, and not all contributions need to be monetary.

Whether you're offering time, talent, or treasure, your support is a necessary part of the Church's mission!

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Teach me, Lord Jesus, to be generous! 🙏

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