Thursday, September 11, 2008

Daily Mass Attendance

A personal look at how daily mass attendance—the core element in the daily practice required of the LampStand Leader’s Circle—has changed, for the better, in the practice of one Catholic author who gets around to enough parishes to notice a difference, and it is very good news he reports.

An excerpt.

“For the past 25 years I've been trying to get to Mass every day. My track record is very far from perfect, but I guess it's fair to say that I'm a "regular."

“Over the course of those years, because of shifts in jobs, homes, and daily schedules, I've attended weekday Mass regularly at eight different parish churches and chapels. And at every stop along the way I've noticed something: The number of "regulars" at daily Mass keeps increasing.

“The increase isn't very dramatic, nor is it predictable. A single individual or a large family will begin showing up occasionally, then more frequently, and finally blends into the familiar daily congregation. A few regulars move away, but new arrivals take their place. During Lent some people will make an extra effort to get to daily Mass, and a few will continue that habit even after Easter.”