Looks as though most parishioners thought they only had to attend Mass at Christmas this year. We only had about 20 at Mass.
OTOH, we had 4 families bringing their babies to the Baptismal Font this morning. And the visiting priest gave a wonderful homily regarding parents’ responsibility in light of today’s readings.
He took every opportunity to catechize the assembly and even made the announcement that receiving Communion is the way we proclaim ourselves a community and members of the Catholic Church so 'Good Lutherans, Anglicans and members of the United Church would not want to proclaim something which is not true. Feel free to sit or to come forward, with arms crossed, for a blessing (OK, I do wish he’d left that last part out since it’s not at all something we do in our parish). Some non-Catholics still ignored him and received but probably not as many as if he hadn’t made the comment.
Our pastor would never make that announcement since he, himself, has been known to receive in the Anglican Church.