If you read the Catholic Standard for the last two weeks, it featured major stories on the financial state of the Archdiocese. In both articles (and I do not have the articles in front of me, so this is from memory), the financial situation is not good. Over $2,000,000 in cuts will need to be made.
This past weekend, the homilies (in at least two parishes that I know of), focused on giving not of simply from your excess but as much as you can -- even when it hurts a bit.
Based on the past communication/marketing campaigns of the Archdiocese, this probably is a lead-in not only the various cuts that will come (including the closing of schools, as I see it) but an even bigger push to increase giving.
Did your parish priest talk about finances this weekend -- either directly or indirectly?
What do you think about this?
Have you thought about the amount you will give next year? Will it increase, decrease or stay the same?