A California priest threatens to hold back a treat unless his congregation agrees to play ball:
Troubles 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 homilyless?
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!"
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