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Ecommerce coming to religious institutions

January 30, 2013

In Boston, Catholic parishioners now have a new option to donate to their churches.

At many religious institutions, donations are asked for at some point during ceremonies or via a collections box somewhere in the building. Catholics know that this is often an integral part of Mass, as baskets are passed around in the middle of services. 

However, in Boston, Catholic parishioners now have a new option to donate to their churches. While before, cash or checks were the only traditionally accepted forms of payment, people can now donate via credit card terminals on the premises. 

According to The Boston Globe, the city’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross is now processing electronic transactions because some interested attendees want to donate but don’t carry cash. The newspaper explained that the church lobby has a computer kiosk with a machine used to swipe cards, which automatically processes donations

The church’s Reverend Kevin O’Leary told the Globe that within the first five weeks of the machine’s installation, two transactions were made using the technology – one for more than $1,000.

The source said that the efforts will likely hit their stride in popularity – St. Anthony’s Shrine in Downtown Boston has a similar kiosk and dozens of attendees donate there each week, so much so that leaders are looking to install three more machines.

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