From The Pastor’s Desk
The beautiful Easter season continues with many First Holy Communions, Confirmations, and Baptisms. We congratulate and pray for all of our parishioners receiving the Sacraments during this holy season. God bless you!
I look forward to celebrating with my family, as one of my nephews makes his First Holy Communion this Sunday.
You are invited to a special Mass of Atonement on May 2, at 7:00 p.m., with Archbishop Listecki here at St. Alphonsus Parish. This Mass is part of his observance of Safe Environment Week. I hope that you can make it.
Each fall and spring, we take a count of all those at Mass on the weekend. Here are the numbers from the Mass count during Lent:
- 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. - 306 9:00 a.m. - 509 11:00 a.m. - 544 Total - 1865
The spring Mass count reveals relatively stable numbers over the past couple years, but we should not make the mistake that things are “o.k.” Over the past ten years, Mass attendance has declined dramatically (here and everywhere in the Archdiocese), and over the past 50 years, the numbers have plummeted. We have around 8,000 members here at St. Alphonsus Parish. This means only about 23% were at Mass on that Sunday. We have lots of work to do! It starts with ourselves. May each of us always be faithful in our Mass attendance. Then, we need to work to encourage others.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Aaron Esch, Pastor