Catholic Bishops Observe Increase in Attendance During Sunday Masses

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File photo: Mass service at Divine Mercy Parish Church -Paolbo, Vicariate of La Porteria in Calabanga, CamSur , Cbanga360-BSJ file photo by Tony Abalayan.

Catholic bishops observe increase in attendance during Sunday masses.

According to Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo all the masses in their cathedral are full with people.

“The nine masses in Jaro Cathedral are still filled to capacity. Priests maintain their masses in center and barrios. This is our observation in our 93 parishes,” said the former head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Lagdameo admitted that there are people who no longer go to Sunday mass, but there are also new Catholics who have started attending to mass every Sunday.

In the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church, which is under the Archdiocese of Manila, mass attendance is increasing citing the number of people that observed the traditional Visita Iglesia during the Holy Week.

“In Quiapo it (Mass attendance) has been increasing. In the last visita iglesia it further increased,” said Msgr. Clemente Ignacio, Quiapo Church rector.

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said that the number of those who are attending masses is remarkable. He said that “in the 26 parishes in Marbel, attendance is up. I have visited 17 parishes and the findings also show vibrancy.”

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco also made a parallel observation. “In the diocese, the number of churchgoers has increased because we have mall masses,” he added. (with report from PNA)

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