I’m interested in the turnout for Mass today and last night in Catholics parishes in the US. In the US, this was the first time in four years the Solemnity of Mary was a non-Sunday obligation. Does four years raise that many questions in people’s minds? Clearly so.
For three Masses, our parish had almost nine-hundred people–about 40% of our usual Sunday attendance and a shade over 25% of last week’s holy day.
One person I spoke with after our 9AM Mass came from another parish. She didn’t even know if her own parish had Mass today, but she knew we would.
Did you make it to church for the feast? What do you think would really put the bodies in the pews on a day like today?