A parish in Gryfow Slaski, Poland has a novel approach to encouraging the sacramental life. The story is from Reuters but the folks at PrayTell wonder if it’s a hoax:
A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at (M)ass.
Father Grzegorz Sowa dispenses students from taking their Confirmation exam if they attend 200 Masses in three years. That sounds about right: every Sunday plus about a dozen holy days a year. Presumably he watches the door for kids who scan, then ditch.
When I was a kid, the pastor insisted that children coming to Sunday Mass alone should sit in one of the front five rows. I took him seriously; and I never really lost the habit.
One student’s comment:
This is comfortable. We don’t have to stand in a line to get the priest’s signature in our confirmation notebooks.
I wonder what would happen if the plan were expanded to adults. No wedding unless you have, what, sixty Masses in a year? Build up credit for funerals now; you never know when you might need one.
Thanks to Liam for the headline.