As a long distance truck driver, I find myself attending Mass at different parishes in different states. I have seen it all, from churches that have had the kneelers re-installed with high parishioner participation, to ones where the faithful are barely heard.
Yesterday was one of the worst ones I have been in for a long time. Hardly anyone recited the Nicene creed or sang along with the hymns. At the parting hymn, fully three quarters of those in attendance got up to leave before the first stanza was even finished!
This kind of thing is quite disturbing to me and I don’t understand it. Here we have the joy of having Jesus Christ right in our midst and the only thing many seem to want to do is just to leave as soon as possible. This is a sad commentary on some of our Catholic brothers and sisters is all I can say.