I attended the Christmas vigil and New Year vigil in the parish. As usual, the Church was full. During Christmas vigil, the parking was packed; therefore, we had to park a little farther away from the Church and walk an extra mile. Fortunately, we managed to find seats otherwise we would be standing in the back. "Where did all these people come from?" I thought to myself. I never saw many of them in Sunday Mass. (Yes, despite that I walk in the Way, I also attend Sunday Mass.) In addition, they were all dressed in their Sunday best. I did not see anyone wearing jeans.
There are many Catholics who come only during Christmas, New Year, and Easter. And these are the Catholics we need to encourage to attend Mass every Sunday, not two or three times a year. During these important Christian events, it is prudent for the priest to give an outstanding homily in the hopes to get these people to return to the Church.
Today, we attended Sunday Mass in the parish. This is the Epiphany Sunday, commonly known as the Three Kings Day. I was surprised to find the Mass was full with people. Let us hope and pray that many of our brothers and sisters would continue to attend Mass every week rather than twice or three times a year.