Friday, April 03, 2009

Holy Crap.

So remember how I finally cut all ties to The Church Nazi?

We've officially left that parish and have now registered at St. Little Tiny Baby Jesus. I went last week and turned in all the paperwork when I went to get the kids all set up with PSR for the next school year. I had a bit of fun deciding which shirt I was going to wear to PSR registration.

PSR ain't cheap. It was $370 for all three apes to attend. At least they let me pay in 3 payments - Chuch Nazi didn't let me do that last year.

Anyway, today I got this letter in the mail from St. Little Tiny Baby Jesus:

Dear Parish Family:

I have complete your registration in our parish. We are happy you are joining St. Little Tiny Baby Jesus and look forward to getting to know you better.

Enclosed is information regarding our automatic debiting of parish donations. Our next mailing of printed contribution envelopes will be processed and mailed by the end of April. If you are interested in receiving temporary envelopes during this interim... or if you have any questions...please don't hesitate to give me a call. Welcome to St. Little Tiny Baby Jesus!


Office Manager Lady

Unbelievable. Ink ain't even dry on our registration.

Welcome, welcome! Now give us your money.

Didn't even address us by name. Tell me that's not just tacky!

Why am I so cynical toward The Church?


Anonymous said...

A form letter to welcome you from the office manager, and not even from the priest? That is tacky. And to ask for money right off the bat - tackier.

It is stupid shit like that which drives people away from church, and gives churches that don't do that kind of idiotic stuff a bad name. Hell, we're so nice about asking for money at my church that we haven't made our budget in several years, even as we trim costs.

Don't let the idiocy of one (or even a few) churches keep you away from getting your spiritual needs met. There are good churches out there – you just have be willing to wade through the stupid ones to find them… huh – kinda like men…

Rip said...

They need the money to fund their important public works projects, like making sure no one gets birth control to try to avoid unwanted pregnancies, you know, stuff like that.

Pony up! You gotta pay to play with the St. Anywhere Church of Jesus and God and All That.

Faith ain't free, honey.

Batty said...

That's my least favorite part too... that, and the "We're having financial trouble, so could you please give a bit more than you're already giving" bit during announcements. I know, running a church, church groups, keeping the building neat, all of that takes money. But it would be nice to have a service or two without being confronted with Awful Financial Crisis.

SiressYorkie said...

See, this is why I started my own cult. I don't charge fees.

Are you really surprised that a Catholic church is already trying to suck money from you?? That's what they do best...SOMEone had to sponsor the Crusades, after all.

Tell em to cut back on the Pope's party fund, and then you'll talk. Or at least sell some of the porn they've got stashed in the vaults of the Vatican.

Pony up, babe, because it'll get ya into Heaven faster.

Ferris Family said...

I'm over here rejoicing that you left the old parish!!! REJOICING! Little Tiny Baby Jesus is supposed to be a little more progressive... Guess that one got shot to pot! I hate money hungry churches, they just make me so angry. I promise, "church" is not always, nor should it be, "nice to meet you, give us your money".

Amanda said...

They *debit* money from you now? Like, at a *set rate*? Whatever happened to putting whatever you could into an envelope and sticking it in the plate on Sunday?

A friend of ours informed us that whether or not his daughter gets into the school affiliated with his church depends on the amount of money they donate, and that he had just set up the automatic payments for it.
His daughter is DUE on the 24th. SHE HAS NOT EVEN BEEN BORN YET.

*palm face*

Kay aka dkswife said...

Because organized religion is a scam, that's why, and I am a very religous person, but I never intend to set my foot into a sanctuary again. butt.

SiressYorkie said...

Penny, this may be a good thing to know (and I don't know if you know it or not, so here it is):

If you're ever in trouble with the law or otherwise, I believe you are still able to run into a Catholic church, place your hand on the altar and shout out, "SANCTUARY!"...and the Church is required to house you, feed you, shelter you, and keep you safe for about a month. And the law can't touch you.

They may have taken this bit of dogma off the books, but being an anti-Catholic, I wouldn't know. In any case, of all the people I've had the pleasure of meeting, I believe this bit of information would benefit YOU the most.

Just something to tuck away in the back of your mind, hon...

Remember: that's "SANCTUARY!", not "Lubaba!"