New take on flash mobs fills churches

Posted by Katie Loftus
Monday 13, October 2014 | Category:   Liturgy
"Mass Mob" in Detroit
"Mass Mobs" are boosting church attendance in Detroit.
Catholics in Michigan are coordinating “Mass Mobs” to fill the pews at often-empty churches and "breathe new life into the community.”

The most recent target, St. Florian Catholic Church in Detroit, has seating for 1,500 people, but the church reports that only about 200 people currently gather there each Sunday.

“Mass Mob” organizers spread the word about this specific parish on Facebook, and last Sunday’s noon mass attracted 2,000 people, according to NPR, and the collection total neared $19,000—10 times more than an average Sunday.

One of the organizers of the Detroit Mass Mob, Thom Mann, said he got the idea from a similar movement that popped up in New York earlier this year.

There is a renewed energy in these churches, according to Mann. "To be in attendance when it's full, as opposed to sparse—there's an electricity that's amazing," he said.

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