Collection plate consigned to history

Tap and go is one of four payment options available to Canberra-Goulburn parishioners (Catholic Voice)

The collection plate is a thing of the past in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese, never again to be passed by parishioners along the pews after becoming the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Catholic Voice.

By Felicity de Fombelle, Catholic Voice

While churches in the Archdiocese can this weekend open their doors to congregations of 100, it also marks the official end of "the plate" which has been a feature of Mass attendance for generations.

From Sunday, the Archdiocese will move to what it says will be a simpler form of collecting money for parishioners and parish staff. Out with the plate and in with technology, meaning tap and go terminals, direct debit and Qkr apps

The scrapping of collection plates has come about because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ACT Government has banned plates for hygiene reasons and Canberra-Goulburn vicar-general Fr Tony Percy said it made sense to implement the rule across the Archdiocese.

“We have complied with COVID-19 health regulations from the beginning and that means collection plates can no longer be used,” Fr Tony said.

“It does usher in a new era of giving. The reality is also that so many people don’t carry cash anymore. We needed to provide alternative ways of giving and are trialling new systems.”

Fr Tony said the new options would be simpler for parishioners and parish staff.

“Cash can be a nightmare,” Fr Tony said. “At every step along the way, from the collecting and counting to the transporting and banking, cash creates problems. If you can do things without cash it is much safer and cleaner.”

The Archdiocese is encouraging tap and go terminals where people can tap their credit card and make a donation for a set amount.

The Qkr app involves parishioners downloading an app on their phone and choosing their payment amount.

Direct debit programs will continue to be promoted while collection points will allow for cash or planned giving envelopes.


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