Friday, January 2, 2009

Church Attendance on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Holy Day

The Curt Jester has an interesting article, Feast with the Least (attendance)? about Mass attendance on yesterday's holy day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Jeff Miller, the Curt Jester himself, sees the low attendance simply gives credence for the bishops to transfer holy days to the following Sunday.

How was the attendance at your church yesterday? My parish celebrated the Vigil Mass on Wednesday (New Year's Eve) and the church was filled almost as full as on a Sunday. I was very pleased to see that.


Stu said...

We were packed at Saint Benedict's. Had two Masses.

Transferring Days of Obligation is weak. Catholics simply need to stop being lazy and go to Mass.

Margaret said...

Our large parish normally has 2 Saturday vigil Masses, 4 Sunday daytime Masses, and one on Sunday evening. For this holy day, they eliminated all 3 evening Masses and 2 of the 5 daytime Masses. Then they mistakenly listed the usual 9 AM Mass as 9:30 in the bulletin. Thus, the 9 AM Mass started off with light attendance, but was Sunday-full by 10:00. (There was an apology for the typo from the pulpit, after Mass, to all those who arrived halfway through the liturgy.)

The homily at 9 and 11 was excellent, about the Blessed Mother, the new year, and praying for peace. We sang Christmas carols, (though some of them were modern ones I did not know).

I must say it was puzzling that a parish with 3 priests couldn't schedule even ONE of the usual three evening Masses....