Payments for church services ‘voluntary’

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma urged parishes under the Archdiocese of Cebu to avoid setting a standard stipend for church services, such as mass sponsorships, among others.

Palma was reacting to a viral photo of a Cebu-based parish that charges P50 for mass sponsorships, or pamisa.

A netizen posted the photo on Facebook, criticizing the church in downtown Cebu City. The photo has been shared more than 3,000 times.

SunStar Cebu is withholding the name of the parish pending the comment of its administrators.

Palma reminded parish administrators that church stipends are not supposed to be forced on parishioners, but are voluntary.

He said that it is customary for the faithful to give a contribution, regardless of the amount, to support the parish.

According to Canon 946 of the Code of Canon Law, the faithful “who make an offering so that mass can be celebrated for their intention, contribute to the good of the church, and by that offering they share in the church’s concern for the support of its ministers and its activities.” (JKV)
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