Given this pastor's reasons--I'd be all for it!:
WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily said on Friday.
The pupils will mark their fingerprints every time they go to church over three years and if they attend 200 masses they will be freed from the obligation of having to pass an exam prior to their confirmation, the paper said.
The pupils in the southern town of Gryfow Slaski told the daily they liked the idea and also the priest, Grzegorz Sowa, who invented it.
Now, considering that there are only 52 Sundays in most years and that three years of Sunday Mass attendance only gets you 156 of the required 200 Masses, it seems clear that the priest is encouraging confirmation candidates to fit some daily Masses into their schedules as well--not at all a bad idea for encouraging young Catholics to be serious about their faith.
My only questions--how many Masses would the children need to attend to skip lay-led diocesan Sacramental Prep programs altogether? And can we please get a program like that here in America?