In an effort to attract and retain the youth in the area, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church has turned to a unique mix of traditional Church architecture and contemporary high-tech entertainment.
In May of this year, the church began an effort to update its existing building. One new addition to the sanctuary are the “Gamed-Glass Windows”. These windows cleverly mix the Gothic look of stained glass windows with that of 21st century gaming. The windows are connected to powerful dual-processor computers loaded with everything from Tetris and Q*bert to HALO and Madden NFL.
“There was some hesitation early on from some parishioners about placing the four windows in the sanctuary.” Said Nick Miller the Youth Minister for the parish. “We reached a compromise and agreed not to place the windows near the altar so as to not be as distracting.”
“It’s fun. You can come to church, hang out, and have some fun without getting preached to, I love it!” Michael Ward, a current youth group member said.
The parish’s youth program has seen record growth over the last few months, swelling in size from 12 to 21 youths. And that growth is expected to continue as the parish begins plans on expanding on the “Gamed-Glass Windows” with lighted in-floor sensors allowing for DDR (Dance, Dance, Revolution) to be played.
And few are more thankful than Nick Miller, “God has really blessed us here. There’s no doubt in my mind that we are being called by God to lead the way in winning our youth for Christ.”
Will we ever really see something like this?