Just as the title says, are Catholic Churches not open 24 hours a day?
Tonight, i had a strong, sudden urge, out of nowhere, to goto the church.
why i really don’t know.
I’m still pretty new to Catholicism and all and i’ve been in RCIA for 5 months now, but i was under the impression that our churches are always open for people to come pray and find peace. Especially during the Lenten season.
So i just drove to two different parishes and they were closed and locked up. Is this normal at most parishes?
My parish has around 500 people attendance on sundays and we are, by no means, considered a small church.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless
It depends on where you are, but I think it is becoming the rule rather than the exception that churches (of all denominations) are locked up. I understand the frustration - I’m from a small town, grew up next door to my church, and am used to being able to go in any time. (And the Catholic church is never locked) But the reality is that people target churches for crime, so generally they get closed up in the early evening/evening - unless you can find a 24-hour adoration chapel.
I would strongly encourage you to find a 24-hour adoration chapel in your area. Then you can go at anytime to spend time with the Lord. But keep in mind that usually you need to get a key card or a security code for the door ahead of time for night-time entry. During the day a 24-hour adoration chapel is generally open.
American crime reached its peak in the early 1990s and has been decreasing since then, but the info-saturated culture is more squeamish and sensitive to crime today than it was 40 years ago. That’s the real reason parishes are locked more.
That’s true, but for those who wish to adorate the Blessed Sacrament it’s just sad to find the chuch closed… although I can understand why, criminals are always reported to rob churches or destroy the interior or put fire to it.
We have adoration 8am-8pm everyday and 24 hrs the first Tuesday of the month. Even still it took a parish commitment as we never leave the blessed sacrament unattended and we sign up for adoration times to ensure the church is not left unattended.
Here in Germany, I haven’t even seen those Adoration Chapels being open all day and night long. It seems that the USA has organized it very well for those who want to practice sacramental adoration. The number code opening the entrance door sounds great. I wish we had something like that as well…
We live in a relatively small town and have had breakins and arson at least 4 times in the last few years. If you want to call us squeamish and sensitive because we would rather not have to repeat having to worship in a cafeteria for months while the fire damage was repaired, or replace vestments or Sunday collections then go ahead.
We have had at least 6 aggressive break ins in my quiet neighborhood (not far from the church) in the past few months. Am I being squeamish and sensitive to not want to be home or have my children home with my door unlocked?
We have been very blessed. Our church is open 24/7. We don’t have a Perpetual Adoration chapel. However, recently, we’ve had incidents of vandalism in the Narthex, and in the Church. Nothing very damaging, just aggravating. Our Parish Council is reevaluating the unlocked Church policy.
Our town has a lot of drugs and gang activity, but we leave the church open during office hours and have cameras everywhere. People still try to break into the cash box under the votive candles or occasionally steal a candle and its glass cup. Homeless people will attempt to camp inside the church and bathe in the restrooms, or use drugs in there. Many young people, who were never taught by their parents to respect the property of others, skateboard on the outside stairs and write obscenities on the bathroom walls. Luckily nobody has tried to vandalize anything sacred, but the outside walls are occasionally tagged. However, most churches cannot afford a camera system or a guard (which we can’t afford either), so depending on the neighborhood, the church has to remain locked.
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