What happened when a church opened its doors during the Super Bowl

Remember St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis?  They launched an extraordinary hospitality campaign during the Super Bowl, opening their doors to anyone and everyone.

How’d it go?

Take a look.

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  1. deacon john m. bresnahan says:

    One prime tragedy in modern times is the fact Catholic Churches are frequently no longer able to safely stay open for visits to the Blessed Sacrament. In our city when I was growing up virtually every Catholic Church was unlocked during the day. AA even told its members to seek out a Catholic Church to visit if temptation for a drink got intense. The Protestant churches were all locked.
    Now, even in the fairly safe suburbs people are locked from the Blessed Sacrament.
    And this even affects our church being able to attract converts.
    Many famous converts in their autobiographies mention that their first step toward the Church was dropping into an open Catholic Church. In this group are Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and Alec Guiness.

  2. vox borealis says:

    Nice video!

    (And that coming from this cynical curmudgeon.)

  3. And of course, Matt Talbot!

  4. This was something I really noticed while living in Europe, that in many town centers, the Protestant churches would be locked-up, but all the Catholic Churches were not only open, but seldom were they ever empty. There were always people in the pews or seated on the chairs in prayer and contemplation. It is one of the things I miss, being back “home.” Churches with open doors.

  5. HermitTalker says:

    I suggested on a recent post that it would not require much energy if church clergy and parish councils could secure their buildings to be open where people could drop in for a quiet time of prayer. Off duty police, CCTV, rotation by the K of C or parish groups. It works for those with special 24/7 Blessed Sacrament chapels, where the regulars have a code which would not work for casual passers by. Secure the tabernacle area, microphines and musical equipment and candle money!
    It could work for urban churches where passers-by and lunch-time workers may be drawn in. Noontime Masses already a feature for some work for those also. Another option is prayer services with the daily Mass readings or the Liturgy of the Hours at midday, that would draw in some who could stay for quiet prayer.

  6. and the late Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger of Paris.

  7. deacon john m. bresnahan says:

    Another solution I have heard used is that when a new church is built the diocese requires that the parish office be set up so a secretary working there can keep an eye out for people coming and going in the church.

  8. graeme taylor says:

    Unlock our churches!
    Parishes, educating the faithful ( and the priests) perhaps not to be extraordinary ministers of the holy eucharist during mass but instead in twos or threes commiting to remaining in church (in prayer, not talking) during the week at set times , so that people can come in and find the trinity in the tabernacle every day of the week.
    That would be a good first step in the new evangelisation.
    God bless.

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