CNS reports on a Spanish priest advocating a 24/7 open door policy at church. What do you think? Any experience out there of a parish staying open long hours or all hours? Here’s the scoop on one attempt:
Father Miguel Angel Vives, pastor of Nativity of Our Lady of Burjassot Parish in Valencia, decided that for one year his church would never close its doors. … Churches in Spain and other parts of Europe are normally closed between Masses. One reason for this is the need to prevent theft, but Father Vives said there were fewer thefts at his church in 2004 than in previous years. This year, with Ravasio’s help, Father Vives is pushing a plan backed by the Archdiocese of Valencia to enlist 12 Catholic churches to open 24 hours a day for one month each.
My last parish, on the suburban fringes of a city, stayed open during the day and closed down at 5PM each evening. The past year we experimented with leaving the doors open a few evenings a week. Staff took turns locking down on different weeknights, but I think the policy has been retired this summer.
In my new parish, we stay open 8AM to midnight. 16/7 I guess.
Anybody want to top that?