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Only in Print: Are Catholics Returning to Church? Pastors Report Uptick in Attendance

Holy Name of Jesus Church, Windsor Terrace, is one of many churches that have seen an increase in attendance in recent weeks. (Photo: Paula Katinas)


WINDSOR TERRACE — Slowly but surely, people are returning to church.

With New York City’s COVID-19 cases at its lowest levels since the height of the pandemic, churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn are starting to see an uptick in attendance at Masses.

 “People are beginning to come back,” said Father Bill Smith, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brooklyn Heights

 Pastors who spoke to The Tablet said that even with strict social distancing rules in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19, parishioners are starting to return to the pews after a summer that saw low attendance numbers…

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