I’m afraid that we are faced with yet another change to the weekend Mass schedule.
Since the introduction of the 6pm Saturday night Mass in Dunsop Bridge and the 5pm Sunday Mass in Clitheroe, the parish Mass attendance has imploded, with the weekly attendance dropping by a quarter, from over 400 to 300. This figure is confirmed by an average weekly £300 decrease in the collection.
Income is important, especially as we are about to begin the exterior decoration of the parish property in Clitheroe: the gutterings, downspouts, windows and doors etc. at a cost of £21,000, inclusive of VAT.
But to my mind, of more importance is that once parishioners regularly attend Mass elsewhere then they lose contact with the parish community! That we cannot afford.
Action must be taken but what? Initially, I considered calling another parish consultation but that would take time and so I have decided to act!
The Sunday afternoon Mass will return to Saturday evening but at the new time of 5pm. Then to enable me to travel up to Dunsop, the Mass in St Hubert’s will be pushed back half an hour, from 6pm to 6.30pm.
This weekend, times of Mass will remain the same but next weekend, 5th and 6th August these changes will come into effect.
Saturday, 5th August
5.00pm Mass in Clitheroe
6.30pm Mass in Dunsop
Sunday, 6th August
9.30am Mass in Clitheroe
11.00am Mass in Sabden
Finally, a reminder that we shall celebrate the annual Requiem Mass for deceased parishioners, priests (this year remembering especially Fr Wareing) and your friends and relations on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August at 11am in the old Catholic cemetery.