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Passing the basket — and the sunscreen

A parish in Knoxville, Tennessee had a big outdoor mass last weekend and the local media came to check it out. Video below. Story and more video here. And this blog has more pictures and video, too.

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Deacon Chick

posted August 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

A parish of 7,000 members and 1,500 at the service?

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted August 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

That seems to fit with the prevailing statistics for mass attendance in the U.S.
Of course, it was also held when a lot of people are on vacation and mass attendance at home parishes tends to fall off.
Dcn. G.

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posted August 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

It was also 86 degrees and pretty high humidity. I heard that many of our parishioners headed to other parishes (air conditioning anyone?) as well. Either way, it was a great experience.

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posted August 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

There was also an opportunity to attend a vigil Mass on Saturday. Typical Mass attendance at our parish is around 3000.

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posted August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

And more importantly, to me anyway, were the 1000 plus people who donated an hour to eucharistic adoration in the week building up…

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posted August 30, 2010 at 9:57 am

We’re new to All Saints Church, having just moved to the west side of Knoxville. Fr. Mike and Fr. David are good guys, as are Deacon Tim and Deacon David. We’re looking forward to getting involved.

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posted August 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

I guess different strokes for different folks. I just can’t dig the complete informality of the event. It’s like watching the fireworks on 4th of July or going to the drag race. In my opinion it diminishes the proper dignity of the Mass. But of course, there will be many others that disagree.

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posted August 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

Rudy, I might agree with you if it were an every week occurence, but it was a one-time celebration. The Mass was celebrated without any liturgical changes (liberties). The only informality was in the seating. We are so thankful for Fr. Michael. The week leading up to the celebration had over 800 individuals signed up for 1 hour of Eucharistic Adoration praying for the direction of our parish. Who knows what the Holy Spirit can do with that!

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