Tempe church offers high-tech tithing

Tempe church offers high-tech tithing

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Parishioners at a Tempe church have a new way tithe.

A kiosk now allows people to use their debit cards to give.

A lot of parishioners are ASU students, who they found don't tend to carry cash with them.

The church found a new way to collect money and it seems to be working.

"We're the first one of the Catholic diocese," said Father Rob Clements, with All Saints Catholic Newman Center.

Churchgoers are noticing something new in the entry way of All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe.

"It's essentially an iPad on a post," said Father Clements.

It's actually a payment kiosk, where people can now use credit or debit cards to support the church.

It takes just seconds to swipe your card and pick where you want your money to go.

"People like to designate their stewardship toward operations, toward campus ministry," said Father Clements.

Next, choose how much you want to give and you're done.

"Most importantly, [it's] totally secure and totally private," said Father Clements.

People are using it.

In the first month, father rob Clements says $8,000 was donated through the credit card kiosk.

"Raise those walls, as they say," said Larry Yakimovisch, who uses envelopes.

Besides the kiosk, the church also allows people to text donations or make recurring donations online, just like paying a utility or cable bill.

"We have a monthly deduction from our checking account," said Ron Peradis.

"It's so easy because you can have it directly taken out of your account and sent from the bank directly to the church," said Geni Moore.

Still, some aren't ready for the high-tech tithing.

"We use the old style envelope, put the money in there and wait for the basket to come by," said Yakimovisch.

The baskets aren't collecting dust.

They're still collecting donations, just not as many.

Church leaders say while basket donations are down, Internet and kiosk donations are up.

The church says it's collecting more money overall.

"We still pass the basket. Leave no stone unturned," said Father Clements.

The kiosk was installed in mid-February.

The church hopes to add another payment kiosk soon.

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