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The ship upon stormy waters is an ancient emblem for the Church. St. Hippolytus wrote in the 3rd Century: "The world is a sea, in which the Church, like a ship is beaten by the waves, but not submerged."

 

After six weeks of using the Roman Missal, Third Edition, with the newly-translated texts and responses of the Mass, we conducted a survey of the Cathedral Parish.  The survey was e-mailed to all registered parishioners for whom we have e-mail addresses.  In addition, a link was provided on the Cathedral website.  To tabulate the results, we used SurveyMonkey, a trusted resource for web-based surveys.
 
About 1,600 invitations to participate in the survey were sent out, and 539 surveys were completed. 
 
Several questions related to the new texts of the Mass.  A significant percentage of parishioners characterized their reaction as negative (45% selected “Negative” or “Very Negative” to describe their reaction to the texts, compared to 23.7% who selected “Positive” or “Very Positive”).  However, a majority (51.2%) feel that the parish in general is neutral.  Most respondents felt that the new texts would not deepen their prayer life over time, with 66.5% responding “not at all,” and 33.5% responding “somewhat” or “very much so.”
 
The other questions on the survey related to the learning opportunities provided by the parish around the new Roman Missal.  87% of respondents felt the Cathedral prepared them well for the new texts, with only 2.5% responding negatively.  Of the various educational resources provided, which included bulletin inserts, a lecture series, post-Mass practice sessions, and website resources, by far the most useful to parishioners were the bulletin inserts – 85% of respondents found these helpful.  Another question asked about parishioners’ interest in further learning opportunities about the Missal – 69.3% indicated that they would not be interested in further opportunities.
 
The report may be downloaded in PDF format here. 

 

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