Only 2 of 5 Pinoys Attend Sunday Masses

According to the 2020 survey by sws.org.ph, weekly religious services attendance in the Philippines is only 41% for adult Catholics. This 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. There are many valid reasons so we cannot judge or condemn.

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 especially the importance of the sacraments which are imperative for their souls. It is evident that not knowing enough about the faith can easily lead anyone to confusion, especially with all the things the world can offer today when faith is becoming irrelevant due to secularism, materialism and relativism.

Another important factor, in my opinion, contributing to this very low percentage is the lack of action from our pastors. Yes, 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. Efforts have been put to evangelize through social media, but it’s not very effective because people prefer to spend their times in meaningless stuff to their satisfactions. (Even I am guilty of this sometimes.)

We are clearly in crisis and most probably it will get worse. But we are hopeful, with God’s help, that both clergy and laity 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. God willing!

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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