My compliments to your church's decorators. They did a beautiful job.
Just curious, but why is it that the Church is not packed to the rafters?
Andrew: The parish had far more people in it this year, than it did last year from my own recollection. Also, I truly believe I got the last parking spot (which was not a parking spot) at 11:32pm. I have a feeling people were unable to park that came after that. The current lot probably holds less cars than the parish can hold people - unless they park in the neighborhood, or open up a predominately unused lot, with extra security. Furthermore, what is not seen in the photo provided, and won't be, are the roughly 40 people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the choir at the back, and others standing in the back, along with the orchestra. Setting aside the orchestra if the choir were sitting in the pews, those few empty spots you see in the photo would be filled in. I just hope we can pack the place for the rarely seen vigil for the Solemnity of the Mother of God at 11:00pm New Years Eve. There is no finer way to bring in the new year than to be honoring the Mother of God with Mass and Benediction around Midnight! It is followed by a pot-luck dinner. I am hoping my mother is well enough for me to come.
I am amazed at the abudance of people that do attend Midnight Mass at the Grotto knowing the rather rough neighborhood in which the parish is located. God bless your zeal.
I have always said that if we could plant Assumption Grotto in the middle of Macomb or Oakland Counties, we would require more Masses, and likely would have to expand. I think it is also a convenience factor, as well. People work predominately in Macomb and Oakland Counties too. So, for example, where it makes sense to have a 6:00am daily working-class Mass at Sts Cyril & Methodius in Sterling Hgts, such a Mass would only have a handful at Grotto. Sts C&M's 6:00am Mass easily yields 75-100 people, many of them young and with families (homeschoolers and workers). I went to the 7:30am daily Tridentine earlier this week and was pleased with the many new, and young, faces I saw in contrast to before the motu proprio. Like me, some of them may have been off for the week with the holidays, but there was another time I had a day off and a good crowd was there (40-50 people), which is not bad at all for an urban parish with 3 weekday Masses.
My family and I LOVE the pictures that you post!!! They are absolutely beautiful and my little girls oooohhh and aaaahhhh over them. God Bless you, and happy new year!
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