With gatherings not allowed right now, churches are having to take their services online, which makes it difficult to pass the collection plate. Father Scott Pogatchnik at St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine’s in St. Cloud says it’s definitely impacting their budgets:

“Because people don’t probably realize that 90-percent of the income the church depends on to do her mission, her ministry really comes from the collection plate.”

He says the Easter collections are their largest of the entire year, so he’s reminding their congregations to still send in their offerings:

“People have the collection envelopes, we invite them in to mail them in as kind of a first option, option two sign up on-line for kind of on-line giving.”

Pogatchnik says they are looking at creative ways to support their staff, but if they have to keep their church doors closed for an extended period of time it could have a devastating effect on the church financially.