Monday, March 26, 2007

Changing Clocks

Yesterday Mass attendance in the parish was down considerably. Having been about 1,200 for the last few weeks we were just under a thousand this weekend. There are two reasons for this. The first is that for many independent schools in the parish holidays have now started. Although our parish school is outstanding and full, and although we now have an independent school with a Catholic ethos in the parish, nevertheless the local non-Catholic private schools still have about 25% Catholic pupils. So when those long holidays begin lots of our families head off in pursuit of more congenial weather.
The other reason for the decline in numbers was that the clocks changed this weekend and we all lost an hour in bed. Many parents therefore decided to leave their fractious toddlers at home when they came to Mass. Next Sunday I reckone we'll have good numbers again. I always think that Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday testify to an innate need we human beings have for sacramentals. People always flock to Church on the days when there's something to take home.

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