Humor Tith-O-Matic by Jeffrey Miller May 9, 2005 written by Jeffrey Miller May 9, 2005 My latest parody piece about the Tith-O-Matic is up at Spero News. 9 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Ratzenfreude next post Papal cars You may also like Last Rites and Wrongs May 31, 2006 Comfy pews February 21, 2003 New Names for the National “Catholic” Reporter January 26, 2013 Passionate Caf� March 24, 2004 Edam and Heave May 22, 2003 Catholic tech kitsch February 4, 2014 Macphistopheles July 11, 2003 Now this is HAIResy September 9, 2003 Asparagus blessing at Worcester Cathedral causes row April 28, 2017 Convention Bounce August 2, 2004 9 comments Colleen May 9, 2005 - 10:03 am I love it!! You know, there have been times when I’ve had no cash or checks and wished I could use my credit card… Reply Matthew Gardocki May 9, 2005 - 10:06 am You jest, but I almost wish this product were real (minus the noises and flashing lights). The collection basket is the only time I ever use cash anymore! Reply Fr. Totton May 9, 2005 - 11:08 am Some parishes have actually initiated a credit/debit-based system for collecting the financial contributions of the parish. It is set up automatically, so nothing is actually done with the basket! Reply Jennifer May 9, 2005 - 11:56 am Our parish collection baskets are more often than not filled by the children of the parish – simply because the parents do the auto withdrawal thing. God Bless the money counters rolling all that change! On a related, but somewhat more serious note, does having the automatic withdrawal set up do a diservice to our children? The parents are saying, “tithe, give up a portion of your hard earned allowance”, but they aren’t seeing mom and dad put THEIR hard earned money in the basket? Reply Lucy May 9, 2005 - 12:13 pm Oh my word! I can’t stand it!! That is too funny. I really hope it never comes into action. That would just send me rolling. Reply Cory Sticha May 9, 2005 - 12:39 pm The funny thing is that I’ve heard of non-Catholic churches with ATMs in their vestibules. I’ll have to look into that in the future. The parish will get the tithe plus $2 ATM service charge. Reply Fr. Totton May 9, 2005 - 1:07 pm Jennifer, We do not do that here (that I know of) but I see your point regarding the children. It might be explained that mom and dad do in fact contribute but in another way! Along the same line, some will argue that the sign value of the offeretory is destroyed if nobody places anything in the plate! Reply Lydia May 9, 2005 - 1:52 pm Father, I agree that the sign value is destroyed through the use of automatic withdrawal. Not only that, there is something good for the soul in the discipline of physically handing over to God a token of His own gifts every week. Reply Dev Thakur May 9, 2005 - 6:11 pm Giving cash, or even writing a check, is much more painful to me than using a credit card or having automatic withdrawal, which seems almost theoretical. Even though it’s the same money. I am suggesting that the pain is *good*; a more tangible reminder of why we are giving. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.