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One Norwalk Church Bucks National Trend

Critical Mass: One Norwalk church bucks national trend
By Kaitlyn Krasselt and Claire Galvin – THE HOUR, Published: August 22, 2016

The number of Americans who identify as Catholic has shrunk in recent years, and Connecticut leads the nation in that decline. While Norwalk is no exception to the trend — cumulative parish registration is down 11 percent and mass attendance has declined 20 percent across the city’s seven Catholic churches — one Norwalk church has found a way to grow. Saint Ladislaus Parish, located in South Norwalk, is the only Norwalk church that has seen an increase in both parish registration and mass attendance. It has grown Mass attendance from about 100 members three years ago to more than 500 on any given weekend, and parish registration has grown 48 percent since 2008. Patrick Turner, director of strategic and pastoral planning at the Diocese of Bridgeport, attributes the growing attendance to changes in the church that have drawn in a younger and more diverse crowd…”  Continue Reading…