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By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 09, 2004

This is only my personal observation-- call it anecdotal evidence-- but I'm beginning to think I notice a trend.

At the little chapel where I attend Mass almost every weekday, the attendance at daily Mass has been rising, slowly but steadily, ever since I began going there.

The same thing was true of the parish where I attended weekday Mass regularly before we moved. And the parish before that. And the one before that. In fact, over the past 20 years, and a half-dozen different churches in several different towns, it's always been the same: Mass attendance on Sunday is dropping, but during the week the church is getting more crowded.

Is my experience unusual? If you're at Mass every day, have you noticed the same trend? This isn't just a rhetorical question; I'm going to put a survey on the CWN site this weekend.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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