BY EMILY GIANNELLI
Campus Ministry has decided to do away with the Sunday 9:30 p.m. Mass. As of the start of this semester, the Sunday Mass options include 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Rev. Rick Malloy, S.J., said that main reason for this change was that “the attendance at 9:30 was waning,” which made it particularly difficult to “find folks to serve as lectors and ministers.”
Many University students said they preferred to go to Mass either right before or right after dinner, in order to avoid leaving the warmth of their rooms on cold nights or their prime cubicle in the library.
Graduate student Laura Urbanovich likes the decision for that reason.
“I like the change. 9:30 is too late, and Scranton is too cold to be walking back home at 10:30,” Urbanovich said.
Some students, like junior Anna Coutts, have a different opinion.
“That was the one I went to every week. It’s a lot more difficult to get to Mass because my day doesn’t clear up until nighttime. From what I remember, a lot of people preferred the later Mass because they eat around 7 p.m. and sleep late in the morning. I don’t know why it got cancelled if the attendance was high,” Coutts said.
Malloy also stated that the 9:30 p.m. was becoming “the last Mass in town” option for many non-University people. While all are encouraged and welcomed at Mass, many people would stand in the back and leave right after communion.
“That is not the tone or manner of participation at Eucharist we want to model or encourage among young adult Catholics,” Malloy said.
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