Should You Have a Second Collection for Religious Education?

By jmacphoto.com on Flickr
By jmacphoto.com on Flickr

My church has a second collection this time of year. It’s for the religious education Sunday school program.  And it bugs me:

  • I already gladly pay a fee for each of my kids to participate in religious education classes after Mass.
  • Not all are served by the current education program. If you don’t sign up right away, you are relegated to the “study at home” program, also known as Here’s The Book And Good Luck.
  • Isn’t religious education an essential, baseline service that should come out of the first collection?

When something irks me like this, sometimes it helps to have a different perspective so help me out. How does it work at your church? Do you think the arrangement is fair?

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