Many of you no doubt recall how well-attended the early a.m. Sunday Mass was in your Parish a while back. Of course, one of the reasons prompting early Mass attendance was the stringent fasting requirements; Catholics did not consume water or food from Midnight Saturday until after receiving the Eucharist on Sunday morning.
Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and Catholic parishes are seeing an increase in the popularity of Sunday evening Mass, usually 5:30-6:00 p.m. Chicago’s historic Old St. Pat’s offers an 8:00 pm Sunday evening service, that is well attended, mostly by young adults. The related article on this new Mass-time trend relates to upstate New York but is probably applicable in other areas.
Please use this link to review why some Catholic Mass-goers have opted for Sunday evening Mass, as well as the challenges faced by parishes, published in the National Catholic Register.