Local church absolutely packed for the 10 am Mass with large crowds going up to receive ashes - and this in an ordinary suburb. I hadn't expected this, and only just got a seat. The evening Masses on Ash Wednesday are always overcrowded, but I hadn't known the morning ones were too.
This all goes to show that people don't object to attending Mass on a special day - a point I wish our Bishops had noted when they casually cancelled a whole lot of our Holy days...ooops, sorry, moved them to the nearest Sunday. It was one of the single most damaging things they could have done to a sense of Christian culture and identity.
Afterwards we were asked to continue helping distribute cards about the Parish Mission - once through every letter-box in the parish. They were laid out in neat stacks, each topped with the name of the road to be tackled. Two of these were on my route home so I took them....one was the High Street, and it was really rather interesting diving into the backs of shops find the residential bits behind and above. You get a sense of how the town grew, and what some of the original buildings looked like, as the back bits are of course not masked with modern frontages, neon-lit signs etc. About half of our local shops are now Korean-owned,and many are travel agents, representatives of various Korea-based businesses and enterprises, etc, plus a good many KOrean restaurants and food-shops. Most of the shops that I remember were here when we moved to the town some 20 years ago have gone.
If you live in London or its southern suburbs - come to our parish mission! Information here