The McMass Project

The McMass Project November 18, 2014

Somebody thinks it would be a great idea to build McDonalds in Churches. No. I am not making that up:

I’m sure they mean well and are sincere in their desire to help the Church so the Lord accepts their love for him as he accepts any other offering we make to the best of our ability. But… well, no: I’m not going to support this idea.

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  • That is the single dumbest idea I’ve heard in the past hour.

    • Newp Ort

      I’ve been to a World Fair, a picnic and a rodeo and that there is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on an LED screen.

      • A fella could have a pretty good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff.

  • MarylandBill

    I hadn’t heard this before, but I recently heard about a Catholic Church not too far from me that recently installed big screen monitors in the church and a “cafe” in the parish. Now, I am sure the efforts are well intentioned, but the faith is not going to flourish because of this. If people are going to church to be entertained they are missing the point.

    Ultimately trying to combine worship with commerce like this proposal seems an awful lot like money changers in the temple to me.

    • Proph

      This is the popular trend at the moment, though, thanks to the influence of “Rebuilt.”

    • Newp Ort

      Some protestant mega-churches have food courts. But I don’t want Catholics to start imitating mega-churches. (shudder)

      • HornOrSilk

        Well, there are churches with cafeterias, like the Shrine in DC.

    • HolyisThyName

      I agree 110 percent with you Maryland Bill.

  • HornOrSilk

    Heresy! Christ is King! Burger King is the right one! It’s the American way!

    • Newp Ort

      Come on, man. Taco Bell.

  • I love the list of needs that McDonalds will somehow provide for. Because only fast food will solve the problems of the Church – and for the low, low price of $1,000,000!


    • From the FAQ page of the site:

      “We realized that a design approach–an entrepreneurial approach–had the potential to revolutionize how churches engage with the world.”

      Somehow this isn’t what comes to mind from Christ’s direction to go out and make disciples of all nations.

      We could have some real fun trying to name this new church. I insist on inclusion of the Jollys!

  • zebbart

    I’m not sure which is worse, pairing McDonalds with the Mass or pairing McDonalds and cheesy pizzicato strings with a brilliant piece of music by one of my favorite avant garde composers, Oneohtrix Point Never. Ok, I know which is worse but I trust the McMass will never happen and the abuse of music already has.

    • the truth

      “‘Timbral fascism sucks,’ said Daniel Lopatin in a 2009 interview with The Wire. His point was it’s wrong to reject specific sounds– in this case, the synth tones used in 1980s new age– simply out of disdain for the genre they’re associated with. In one sense, Lopatin’s solo project Oneohtrix Point Never is an ongoing battle against timbral fascism. He’s tried to liberate synth sounds from their conventional trappings, placing them in less familiar contexts and coaxing you to hear them in new ways.” (

  • jroberts548

    The real miracle would be changing the substance of McDonald’s hamburgers into real meat, am I right?

    • Dave G.

      Then you couldn’t have them on Fridays during Lent.

    • Cas

      I actually laughed aloud. You win the Internet for the rest of the day!

  • Newp Ort

    This stinks of satire. Gotta be satire, right? Oh glob, please let this be satire.

  • Well, maybe doing it in reverse would be better. A couple of years ago a priest of my acquaintance spent Ash Wednesday at McDonald’s, having set up a station there from which he imposed ashes on whoever wished. Shortly afterward, the lay youth leader of the same parish was leaving town to take a better-paying job. Several of the youth cited that Ash Wednesday at McDonald’s as a precedent in their attempt to convince him to stay in town as religious-leader-in-residence at McDonald’s. He didn’t go for it.

  • PalaceGuard

    Obviously it’s just another subversive effort to sneak in the Clown Mass. Start out slow with just one Ronald…

  • The Next to Last Samurai

    “Would you like fries with your Host?”

  • Neil

    Fasting for that one hour before receiving the Eucharist is about to get harder…

  • Mike

    I am sure it’s not serious. Satire, comedy . . . bait? Presented deadpan, certainly, but that’s half the fun.

  • Jeff

    Your video link doesn’t work. It’s working here, though: