Maybe your fellow parishoners took a Father’s Day trip somewhere and are attending Mass elsewhere. Perhaps too, some people may have gone out of town to visit Grandpa for Father’s Day. Or, maybe they are like me. Although I typically go to the 9:30 Mass, today I will go to the 5pm Mass. My out of town company, which included my stepfather, were leaving mid-morning this morning. So, I wanted to spend time with them.
Just saying, if the people of your parish normally go to Mass every Sunday, it’s doubtful that Father’s Day would be the exception. They just might be attending at a different time or parish.
This is really sad to hear. I am not sure what it was in my home parish today. I will be attending a Life Teen mass this evening. I will let you know later on what happens there. I would assume that it would be full, but we shall see.
My Mission Parish was as full as it usually is during the Summer months. Once school starts it will get packed again. Everyone could be going to the 8 a.m. Mass instead or the our Mother parish. Or they could all be on vacation and going to Mass there.
Well people could be on vacation? Or they may have attended the earlier mass?
We live in a modest rural community, we have 3 masses (1 Saturday, 2 Sunday), and I’ve never seen the mass as lightly attended as today. Normally our 11am mass is about 85-to-90% full, with people in the crying room and up in old choir loft too, just some scattered empty seats hear and there.
I can’t speak for the other masses, I never go to the Saturday mass and only rarely attend the 8am mass.
Yeah, just a thought - this is the biggest vacation weekend in our area because the schools just let out this week… and we are not exactly a vacation destination. It probably has more to do with Summer and less to do with Father’s Day.
I will say that the mass that I went to was only about 60-70% full. Which is strange for that mass, it is usually packed. I guess it is father’s day so most people were having dinner with their fathers.
I went on Saturday night (I was at a conference for work that ran all day Sunday) - but I can tell you Mass attendance does have occasional ebbs and flows. Lots of logical explanations. I would guess most people went earlier (or later) so that they could travel or prepare for guests or what have you.
Sometimes it just happens for no particular reason. Even at the best attended parishes :shrug: F’rinstance today (being Monday here on the other side of the International Date Line) daily Mass was incredibly packed - to the point where Father had to ask for an EHMC from the congregation to assist him!