Need a prayer candle at this Cypress Park church? Try the vending machine

Former soda machine now dispenses candles | Aurelio Jose Barrera


CYPRESS PARK — There’s nothing wrong with making spirituality more convenient. So if you need a $3 prayer candle at Divine Saviour Roman Catholic Church, just get one out of a vending machine.

The church has had this arrangement for two years, and it’s been working out well, according to Steve Meza, the coordinator of parish operations for the Roman Catholic twin parishes of
Divine Saviour and Saint Ann, which also has a candle vending machine.

“The parishioners enjoy the convenience,” Meza said. “They are available from when we open the church building in the morning until we close it in the evening.”

Originally, candles were sold out of the parish office. But one of the candle suppliers suggested that a machine would relieve the workload at the parish office and help parishioners when the office was closed, Meza said. So they brought in a converted beverage machine.

“Initially, sales were about the same,” Meza said. “They have increased some as time progressed, mainly because it is convenient even for people that use candles at home. It is a lot quicker than having to stop in at a market or store to purchase them.”

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  1. Wow. I’ve seen it all now. I wouldn’t mind a miracle vending machine though.

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