Dublin Nov 27, 2008 12:06:45 GMT
Post by Askel McThurkill on Nov 27, 2008 12:06:45 GMT
In absolute terms, no. There are between 30 and 40 regulars.
But in relative terms...I don't know how this compares your average Saturday morning Mass in rural Wicklow, which is the control figure. It is better than the 10 am Traditional Latin Mass which ran on Saturday Mornings in Roundwood between 1999 and 2003, which got between 15 and 20 people. The traditional Latin Mass in St Kevin's in Harrington St on Saturdays is only slightly better - it averages at 40. But if you take other factors into control: eg as Sunday Mass in the traditional Latin form is available in Dublin but not in Wicklow, there are less people in Dublin likely to go to the Saturday morning Mass to make a point as they might in Wicklow and some of the other venues which only offer weekday Masses, but on the other hand whereas in the Catholic world attendance at Sunday Mass in rural areas is without a doubt higher than in urban areas; attendance at weekday Mass is higher in urban areas than in rural areas (accessibility is a major factor here - but the pattern is international in the Catholic world). From this point of view, the Newtownmountkennedy figure looks good.
Another way of looking at it is to compare Newtownmountkennedy's 30-40 on Saturday with St Kevin's 300-400 on Sunday. Wicklow's population is shy of 130,000; Dublin's (the old County and City) is about 1.2 million. Even assuming that there is a lower proportionate Catholic population in Dublin, Wicklow does good. St Kevin's is accessible; Newtownmountkennedy isn't. Sunday obligation is binding on all Catholics (how they regard it is a different matter); no Catholic need go to Mass on Saturday. Yet Newtownmountkennedy gets a congregation on Saturday morning that matches that on Sunday in Dublin City. I think we can take it the Newtownmountkennedy is relatively speaking out performing Dublin here.
The holy day provision is new. Catholics don't go to Mass on holy days in near the same proportion as they do on Sundays in spite of the obligation to do so and the St Kevin's congregation would be significantly lower on holy days than on Sunday (even if you count the sum of two Masses). It will be interesting to see how many show up at the Newtownmountkennedy Mass on 8 December.