St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in New Port Richey did away with its paper missalettes and in their place, two giant projector screens on either side of the altar.

"It's a little more modern," says parishioner Jimmy Barry.  "You don't have all that paper turning and all the noise."

Father Mike Lydon came up with the idea after seeing similar projectors in other churches.  With changes to the Catholic mass, he says he saw it as a way to help people follow along.

"We presented it to everyone and within about four months, we raised about $44,000," Father Lydon says.

The screens quickly went up, but when it came time to find scriptures to project, the church found out they were off limits because they are copyrighted.

"I was really surprised. I had to even get a bible out to look myself to find that," Father Lydon says.

It's not the first time he's dealt with copyrights.  Father Lydon says the church pays licensing fees for all the music it now projects, but when he asked the powers above for the same with the scriptures, he got a surprising answer.

"They just said no," Father Lydon tells us.  "Because the readings are not supposed to be read.  They're supposed to be proclaimed."

In a letter to the church, the United States Conference of Bishops says projecting the scriptures would be a distraction.

Parishioners call that reasoning frustrating.

"It should be copyrighted by Jesus," says Anthony DeFina.  "I think that's a free copyright for everybody."

Still, Father Lydon won't admit defeat.  With or without scriptures, he says the projectors are bringing new energy to mass.

"They look up at the screen," he says.  "Their heads are up and their voices sound so much fuller in the church."