July 12, 2017 – Excerpted From Put Out Into The Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Recently, a letter was sent to all pastors regarding the current Mass schedules that are maintained in our parishes. The shortage of clergy necessitates that we must look at the current Mass schedules to see if we can sustain each long term. We are particularly sensitive to the need for language Masses in our diocese in Brooklyn and Queens which may not have the attendance of other Masses.
In general, we see that in 1995, basically a generation ago, our Mass attendance was 286,000 people per weekend. Now, Mass attendance has been reduced to 220,000, representing a nearly 23 percent decrease. This decline in Mass attendance means that in some parishes we have large capacity churches and significantly reduced Mass attendance. We are asking that parishes look at this issue to see if the number of Masses can be reduced and attendance condensed.
Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.