DON’T respond to any emails requesting funds, gift cards, or anything else from a priest without picking up the phone and calling to see if the email is legitimate. There’s no doubt that what’s happening in one corner of our country will soon make its way everywhere across this great land.
For the record: priests are Prohibited under the rules of our local diocese from making personal requests for money from parishioners. If you get such a request, PLEASE let me know and call the Diocese ASAP. Don’t fall victim to this type of scam.