November 1, 2023 | Local News
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People attend Mass on Jan. 5, 2023 at St. Stephen Cathedral, on the occasion of the death of Pope Benedict XVI. RILEY GREIF | WKC 

Mass counts indicate 4.09% under pre-pandemic numbers, but moving forward



This past September, the Office of Worship requested the annual Mass counts from the 78 parishes in the Diocese of Owensboro.

Below is a summary of the 2023 Mass counts data:

Number of registered parishioners – 49,336

Weekly average of Mass attendance – 23,434.75

2023 percent average – 47.5%

2022 percent average – 44.6%

Increase from prior year – 2.90%

For comparison, below is a summary of the 2019 Mass counts data, which was the last year before the COVID-19 pandemic began:

Number of registered parishioners (2019) – 50,435

Weekly average of Mass attendance (2019) – 26,019

2019 percent average – 51.59%

We are 4.09% under pre-pandemic percentages, but we are moving in the right direction.


View the report by clicking this link.


For more information about the parish Mass counts process, contact Dcn. Ken Bennett, co-coordinator of the Office of Worship, at [email protected].

Originally printed in the November 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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