Tostitos Fiesta Pentecost Mass One Of Many New Church Sponsorships
Alameda, CA–Following a string of church closures around the country, St. Stephen Parish in Alameda, California has announced plans to have their upcoming Pentecost Mass sponsored by Tostitos. The move comes just months after Los Angeles Bishop Jose Gomez officially changed the name of the city’s cathedral from Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to The Buffalo Wild Wings Cathedral. Pastor of St. Stephen Parish Fr. Duncan Conway told reporters this morning that accepting sponsorships helps to alleviate much of the financial stress that comes with keeping church doors open. “Having holy names and churches associated with corporations does take some getting used to, I admit that. But many sports leagues around the world have proven year after year that the financial benefits simply outweigh the negative.” Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, Bishop Gomez told Eye of the Tiber that he’s trying to coordinate sponsorships to appropriate churches and feast days. “For instance, we had two candidates for our next Annunciation Mass. Famous Idaho Potato put in a good bid, but in the end we decided on The Meineke Car Care Annunciation Mass. It seemed the most logical choice since it’s on that day that the Church celebrates Mary’s response to the Angel Gabriel, typically called the ‘FIAT,’ and a ‘FIAT’ is also a type of car, which fits well with Meineke’s business…and ours.” Other recent sponsorships include The San Diego County Credit Union Feast of St. John Lateran, The Dixieline Lumber Solemnity of St. Joseph the Worker, and the controversial Godaddy.com Fat Tuesday Mass.