So, I live in a small, rural parish that shares a priest. Previous priests have at least tried to give us our own service on one day of the Triduum, but not this year. So I’m looking around at the schedules for my usual backup parishes.
I’m looking at the bulletin for one church nearby, and it says, “Hey, don’t forget-- make sure you’re on time because, as you all know, as our new security measure, we’re locking the doors once Mass starts!”
And I’m like, , because I absolutely hate being locked into a building. Yeah, I know it’s not going to be the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire all over again, but I have absolutely zero desire to be in a place that I can’t get out of in an emergency.
So that church is pretty much permanently struck off my list of parishes to visit. Which is a pity, because it’s a beautiful church with lovely priests.
But it’s a parish-specific policy, not a diocesan policy, because we’re all in the same diocese.
Is that something that other people have going on at their churches?
Is that legal, considering the fire code?
Just curious as to what other people have encountered.