I was able to attend this mass. It was a phenomenal event, and one I hope other diocese can reproduce. It brought Catholics from across southeast Michigan to come an worship in a beautiful old church that was the historic center of the area’s Polish neighborhood. Mass Mob Detroit has helped bring thousands of Catholics (and others, as the Detroit Free Press story indicates) to parishes whose populations have been dwindling. A few weeks ago, a single mass was able to raise over $23,000 in contributions through the offering baskets for another Detroit parish, Sweetest Heart of Mary Church.
This model can be used to help support struggling parishes, to bring together Catholics who normally never see one another, and focus attention on the plight of neighborhoods going through hard times.