It has once again been brought to our attention that parishioners have received text/email messages from people pretending to be our parish priests requesting a favor for donations in the form of gift cards or wire transfers. This is a well-crafted and targeted attack on the Church across the country which has hit our Diocese again. These are fraudulent text/email messages and should not be responded to or taken seriously by anyone. The best defense against this sort of scam is to raise awareness in the community and not respond or open any worrying attachments. It is Diocesan policy that no priest or staff within the Diocese request donations in the form of gift cards, PayPal, MoneyGram, etc.