Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are now greeted with increasingly varied entertainment choices…On Sunday afternoons this summer, they’ve had another option: a Catholic church service. Or, as the local St. Vincent de Paul church calls it, “Nats Mass.”
“For me, it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Rev. Andrew Royals, 34, a Montgomery County native who became the pastor at the South Capitol Street church about two years ago. “On game days we had thousands of people walking right in front of our church. I was like, ‘Well, I’m sure some of these people would like to go to church.’…And we thought there’s no reason people can’t do both.”
The pastor at St. Vincent de Paul saw a unique opportunity for his parish to evangelize. Are there needs in our community like this one? Are there people who we can reach out to in an exciting way?