The only way to know what is going on is to be there yourself. You should know better than to believe a " spy " The Church was open on Monday for those who were interested and had very good attendance during the Easter Triduum when it was important. The church is defintely NOT in bad condition. Go see for yourself. He is either blind, envious or lying.<quoted text>
I have never had any first hand knowledge of that place or the neighborhood. On Dyngus Day, I sent in a young spy to check it out.(He was going anyway!) First the Church is very large and in very bad condition. The neighborhood would not be safe any other day. The floor of the library where the festivities were held was very rickety. The food was good and the booze was better. Some of the people serving the food were rude when asked about the contents of certain dishes. By no stretch of the imagination did my young spy find any signs of religion which was fine with him.
The fact that you are concentrating on Corpus Christi calls for me to be suspicious of your motives. Was that the only Church that had a celebration? And yes people do live and work in the neighborhood everyday. Some of them are considered " poor " in material goods but rich in spirit and generous with their time and talent in order to volunteer in a poor area instead of going there once a year like your friend, to gawk and look down on everybody. You have the right name for the area, so start a mission there.