As many of you know, Iowa was hit badly by floods and tornadoes this year. The need is still great, as many people are now three, four months into exile and some charitable folks have moved on to Texas or another cause.
A friend organized a household-item-drive at her church (not mine) and encountered some resistance from the pastor. When a parish has an ample narthex (gathering space) is it a good idea to have boxes of household items and food in a corner of it or along the wall? Was the pastor out-of-line for suggesting it all be moved into the ushers’ room during a parish mission and Sunday Mass? One pastor I worked for liked to have items donated not only in the narthex, but in the church proper as well. As the armchair liturgist, what do you say?