A California priest threatens to
hold back a treat unless his
congregation agrees to play ball:
at St. Anne Catholic School in Santa Monica were so dire at
one point that Father Michael D. Gutierrez turned to his congregation
for help. He refused to give his sermon until at least 10 families
stepped forward to consider enrolling their children in the financially
strapped parish school.
A risky proposition, methinks.
Granted that a parish school is a good cause, how many preachers would
give the faithful the option — even at no cost — of going home
I hope Father Michael’s gambit
catches on. Think of the happy possibilities … “Unless I see a double
sawbuck in the collection basket every week from every family, you’ll
never hear On Eagles Wings in this church again!”
Now that would be a great fundraiser tool.
Contribute money or we will use Here I am Lord or
other such song for all four hymns of the standard hymn sandwich.
How about selling tickets to a Gather Hymnal bonfire?
Surely you would raise enough to fund the Adoramus or other
appropriate hymnal. Cough up money or a drum kit will be
given to the choir!
Now in reality the idea of withholding a
homily is really a bad idea and the first instance of sermon extortion
I have ever heard of. You have to be a pretty confident preacher in the
first place to use this one, though of course under Canon law
there is no way you could licitly do this for a Sunday or other Holy
Day of Obligation Mass.