That is the percentage of Catholics - defined as all who were baptized - in our diocese that attend Mass weekly.
Now I know that the Northeast tends to have the lowest attendance rate in the United States, but fifteen percent is still awfully depressing. (I don't even want to think about what that number looks like if you take out those over 60 and under 18.)
Interestingly enough, two weeks ago when we read the "Doubting Thomas" passage (Jn 20), I felt a strong parallel to those that were not at Mass. Thomas had a hard time believing because he was not around the risen Jesus, or those that were celebrating Him. He missed out on the joy and love they felt that day.
It's the same for the 85% of those that are not at Mass each week, hearing the Word and receiving the Eucharist.
And so I continue to pray for them. Not only because their eternal future depends on it, but because I want them to feel the overwhelming love and joy that Mass can bring.
Sure, many of them think their lives are just fine without it.
But I doubt it.