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Ryan said in June 14th, 2016 at 7:04 pm

Whoa! There must be at least 25 people there!
The Latin Mass really IS the key to the new evangelization!
Keep up the great work!

Ryan said in June 14th, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Oops, meant this for the post on the St. Anthony Mass!
Too bad the new deacon wasn’t ordained by then, there would have been 26 in attendance!

Stuart Chessman said in June 15th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Dear Ryan,
Actually attendance wasn’t that bad for that mass. It was on a Tuesday morning at 10 am—how many people would you usually see at at daily mass? The mass was announced the day before, so I thought the number was pretty good. But in the end, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated first and foremost for the glory of God. He was there.

Stuart Chessman said in June 15th, 2016 at 9:39 pm


Perhaps you should check out the 12 noon (Novus Ordo) masses of parishes in Manhattan. The ones I’ve visited recently have had at the most 12 or so in the congregation. And even St Patrick’s cathedral – with its hordes of tourists and central location – by my count (taken today) gets for 12 noon mass only about 100-150 who actually participate at mass. So by these standards this mass at St. John’s is looking pretty good.

Anonymous said in June 16th, 2016 at 1:09 am

I think this picture was taken in the beginning of the Mass, by the time of Holy Communion I think the number was doubled. As Stuart pointed out the Mass was only announced the day before. Last month when the Extraordinary Form was celebrated during the visit of the relic of the Heart of St John Vianney the church was filled with people standing in the back.

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