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Fans say 'Nats Mass' at church near Nats Park helps NL East champs

"Nats Mass." (Photo: WJLA)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Some fans of the Washington Nationals choose to believe that the team’s great regular season, which ended Sunday with a no-hitter thrown by Jordan Zimmermann, has been helped by the “Nats Mass” at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

The idea for the special mass at the church close to Nationals Park came from Fr. Andrew Royals.

“We noticed just 1000s of people walking right in front of our church,” Royals says.

With some hashtag help, and a little Nats fan Twitter chatter, the service, held an hour-and-a-half before games on Sunday, is gaining momentum.

The first service, held in May, had only five people in attendance. But now this different kind of doubleheader is filling up fast.

“Sure enough they started coming, and they keep coming,” Royals says.

“It's like a good incentive for me to go to the Nats game if I get to go to church beforehand,” says Jack Vogt.

“As long as they have a Nats Mass, I’ll be here,” Madonna McGovern says.

Has the special mass helped the Nats?

“The Lord works in mysterious ways, and he knows how to make good things happen,” Royals says.

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