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By Joseph B. Quinn, Catholic Exchange, July 14, 2021
It has been almost a year-and-a-half since many American Catholics have regularly attended Sunday Mass. Some have yearned for churches to re-open; while others haven’t really missed Mass at all; and a select group realize: “Gee, I haven’t been to Church and haven’t burst into flames yet!” As churches re-open around the country, bishops, pastors, parish leaders, and parishioners wait anxiously to see how soon and how many people return for Mass. If you are in a Catholic leadership role and think we are going back to a pre-pandemic-normal, you’re likely in for a huge surprise. If you are in this camp, please resume printing the same old number of Sunday bulletins and read no further. If post-COVID Mass attendance leaves you with doubts, discomfort, and unanswered questions, then take heart and lean into the unknown ahead for your parish. This is an ideal time to pivot and do some things differently. But what could that look like? ….