Magazine article U.S. Catholic

How Blessed Are These Happy Meals? (Catholic Tastes)

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

How Blessed Are These Happy Meals? (Catholic Tastes)

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"Christianity began as a movement of hope symbolized by the sharing of a simple fellowship meal of wine and bread," notes the Rev. James L. Evans in Sightings (Aug. 2, 2002). Reflecting on this, Evans admits to some puzzlement at the news that a church in Houston recently opened a McDonald's restaurant--complete with drive-through window--in its community center.

Brentwood Baptist Church is a mega-church with more than 7,000 members. "These are busy people," notes Evans. "They work hard, they play hard. Church activities must be worked into their schedules along with a myriad of other commitments."

Explaining the church's decision, Derrick Cyprian, chairman of the church's deacon board, told the Associated Press, "A lot of us have children. When we have different meetings and functions at the church, a lot of time you don't get to stop and get something to eat. This will make it more convenient."

According to Evans, this is a "development rich in irony. …

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