Discussion at PrayTell here about whether Mass is really necessary or good on tomorrow’s observance. But I ask you to consider something more pragmatic: should you take up a collection on Ash Wednesday?
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Yes, the parish I attend needs all the money it can get. I know a parish that doesn’t, so the pastor and his team decided to donate the collection to the local food pantry. If people can’t give, they simply can’t give.
The only thing with collections is that they take up time which may be a luxury on Ash wednesday. Some parishes just have people place their gifts in a basket upon entering (or leaving if they happen to forget).