DC church caters to Nationals fans at #NatsMass

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On the corner of M and South Capitol sits a gold mine for Nationals fans who happen to be Catholic - a church with mass for all those with Natitude.

St. Vincent De Paul realizes its unique position, figuratively and literally. So they started outreach that encourages fans to come in their Nats gear before heading to the game.

They're located right around the corner from Nationals Park and they take advantage of foot traffic every game day.

They call it Nats Mass.

It even has it's own hashtag, #NatsMass

"We know there's a lot of good faithful people who are Nats fans and who also want to make sure they worship on Sunday so we want to give them a chance to do both," Father Drew Royals of St Vincent De Paul said.

Tom Quaadman and his son Creighton were first-timers at the shortened service on game day.

They usually go to mass every week, but living in Alexandria, it's difficult making it to Sunday day games on time.

"Thought it was good to come early, go to mass and then go to the game," Nats fan Creighton Quaadman said.

"There's a lot of life lessons in baseball ... we'll wait to see if the priest can weave some of that in," Tom Quaadman said.

"So the next time conflict comes up in your life maybe as you exit the church, maybe at the ballpark, maybe tomorrow at work, wherever it might be," Father Drew Royals said.

St. Vincent De Paul started Nats mass in mid-May. They've gone from about 15 parishioners to nearly 100. Soon, they hope to fill the seats with Strasburgh-loving fans.

After service, Tom, Creighton and the rest of the crowd make the one block trek to Nationals Park... knowing they've prayed for a win.

September 28 is the last day of the regular season and the Nationals final home game.... which means it's the last chance to attend Nats Mass, unless they extend it into the post season.


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