Bishops to investigate fall in Sunday worship

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference plans to look into why some long time regular Mass attendees have dropped the practice of Sunday worship.

The Catholic Weekly reports that the Bishops have commissioned a research project to find the reasons why some adults might leave parish life after they have attended Sunday Mass for many years without fail.

The project, to be conducted the Australian Catholics Bishops Conference's pastoral projects office, will be carried out over the next few months. A preliminary report will be presented to the bishops in November.

Bob Dixon, director of the pastoral projects office, told the Weekly that the research will take the form of 50-60 interviews across the dioceses of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Rockhampton and Bunbury.

Members of the office and staff from Australian Catholic University (ACU National) will conduct the interviews.

"While there have always been Catholics who are not regular Mass attendees, some bishops felt that there are more long time practising Catholics who after 20, 30 or 40 years are ceasing to attend Mass, and they wanted to investigate that," he said.

"The project has been given ethical clearance by the Australian Catholic University's ethics committee, and privacy, confidentiality and sensitivity is assured," he added.

Why do regulars drop Sunday worship? (Catholic Weekly 7/8/05)

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29 Jul 2005