Parishes in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese are embracing technology and offering parishioners the chance to tap their debit and credit cards to make donations during collections at Mass and other times. Source: Catholic Voice.
The Catholic Development Fund (CDF) has purchased a number of Quest donation tap machines for people to utilise at parishes and other institutions.
“We began rolling these out just before Christmas,” CDF Manager Michele Murdock said.
“The first ones went to the Gungahlin parish and also at Bungendore over Christmas.”
The tap machines can be used several ways, depending on the choice of the parish. Some are passed around with the collection plates, and some sit in a fixed position that parishioners can access as they choose.
“I know at Gungahlin they have two devices connected to chargers that go into their basket plates that they pass around the main body of the Church for their Saturday night Mass and at other times they have one in the foyer and another available as required.”
The machines are limited to “tap” transactions only and don’t allow insertion chip reading or strip swiping.
Machines are now in use in Gungahlin, Kambah, Goulburn and Tumut parishes, as well as St Mary Mackillop Hall, Eden, Marymead, CatholicCare and on CDF Loan (two devices for special events).
“We have 22 devices so far with more coming,” Ms Murdock said.
The amount is preset to suit each parish but can be changed for individual events, then changed back if required.
“Gungahlin charged $20 initially at Christmas and then in January they dropped it to $10,” Ms Murdock explained.
“Fives and tens seem to be the most common setting but you can have several devices with different amounts. South Woden had a Youth Mass recently and had one device set to $5 and one to $10.”
Tap machines a simpler way to donate (Catholic Voice)