The religious aperitif is an initiative of Fr Gianfranco Formenton, priest of San Martino in Trignano, Perugia. To participate you must be holders of the Mass card "(and not be racist)
Young people prefer to go for a drink rather than going to church: the lack of participation in religious celebrations is a problem that has been a concern for parish priests for years. But Don Gianfranco Formenton, a priest of San Martino in Trignano, in the province of Perugia, never had any intention of resigning himself and, on the contrary, he devised a creative solution to bring the community closer to the Sacraments: he decided to to recover the parishioners "for the throat".
Active on social media, on Facebook he published an announcement addressed to all the faithful: «Air-conditioned rooms, chips and hosts for the little ones, while for the larger prosecco di Conegliano Veneto , for those who will be present at Sunday Mass.
To be able to participate in the religious aperitif it is necessary to be holders of the Mass card, a real point card to reward the most practicing and assiduous faithful. "In addition, the auditorium" San Martino "is available for conventions, conferences, birthday parties for families. IS lunch by reservation! Ad maiorem Dei gloriam! " In short, Don Formenton wants to bring Catholics together even in the name of conviviality: like any self-respecting celebration, even the religious one must be cheered by a banquet.
To which all are invited, except the racists. Don Formenton, which has always conveyed a message of peace and welcome towards migrants, already in 2015 had posted a sign on the door of the other parish that has been leading for many years, that of Sant'Angelo in Mercole in Spoleto: « this church Entry to racists is prohibited: come back to your home! .
Compared to the initiatives of Don Gianfranco, someone has turned a nose. Many young people, on the other hand, have collected his amusing invitation, e they came back to populate the church together with friends.