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« on: May 17, 2006, 09:59:23 PM »

Hello all, it's been a while.

I've been helping my parish over the past year by setting up and running their website. I just recently overheard that in gratitude for my work they wanted to give me a financial reward.

I don't feel comfortable accepting money because I want the time and energy I spend for the parish to belong entirely to God. I don't sing or serve in the altar, so I feel this is my way of giving back. Taking money for it just doesn't feel right. As another point, I used to waste so much of my time doing nonsense and this is my way of giving back to God some "makeup time". Finally, I'm also doing it because I really need God's help in a few matters and this is my sacrifice for God.

I don't want to hurt the feelings of my rector or our parish, so I need to find a polite way out of the situation, and I also need to find an explanation for my parents who are insisting that I accept this because I deserve it and because the parish can afford it.

Any advice?
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2006, 10:04:37 PM »

Perhaps you could accept it, so as not to offend anyone, but then turn around and donate it a monastery or IOCC or something like that?

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006, 10:10:04 PM »


Discuss it with your priest or just take it and then re-write a check back to the parish.

Also, please post a link so that we can see your work.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2006, 02:37:07 AM »

Don't reject their gift, which would be an insult to the gratitude and love that they have in their hearts.  If you don't want the cash, then I ditto Veniamin and say give it to like IOCC or OCMC... and even better, in the name of your Church, maybe.

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