Adoration of the Holy Eucharist

Only 2 of 5 Adults Attend Sunday Masses in the Philippines

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According to the 2020 survey by sws.org.ph, weekly mass attendance in the Philippines is only 41% for adult Catholics. The percentage is too low compared to Muslims at 94%, Iglesia ni Cristo at 70% and other Christians at 61%. This means that only 2 out of 5 Filipinos hear Mass every Sunday.

What do you think are the reasons behind this? There are many factors, of course. Some very poor people do not bother to go to church to save money they would spend on transportation and food. Some of the not-so-poor and very rich choose to work or rest the entire day for whatever reason. There are so many valid and not so valid reasons so we cannot judge or condemn anyone.

However, in my opinion, I believe that lack of faith plays a big role in why one deliberately fails to honor the Lord’s day. Most Filipino Catholics are aware of the importance of prayer, but they never fully understand the faith most especially the importance of the sacraments for their immortal souls. It has been evident that not knowing enough about the faith can easily lead anyone to confusion, especially with all the things the world can offer today. As Singapore Catholics pray in their 200 years of Christianity, “Faith is in danger of becoming irrelevant due to secularism, materialism, individualism and relativism.”

Another important factor, in my opinion, contributing to this very low percentage is the inaction of the clergy themselves. They publish pastoral letters from time to time, but I think this is not enough to get Catholics back to the Church simply because only those going to Church are reading these letters. So, many try to use social media to preach, but many Catholics today choose to listen to celebrities, politicians, and other secular influencers instead of priests or lay apologists.

We are in crisis and it will get worse. But we are full of hope that, with God’s help, both clergy and laity, especially with the help of the laity, we will be able to devise a plan to gradually bring Catholicism back to life in the Philippines, just as how it was in the past decades.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. Amen.

A Fatima Prayer

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