[quote="puzzleannie, post:4, topic:180675"]
us seniors look at the same situation in a somewhat different light. we rejoice when we see any young man or lady at daily Mass and then we start praying like mad for religious vocations. So far all of the prospects have since become engaged to be married (so I guess heaven directed our prayers in a different way) and the cute thing is, invariably the first thing they do is bring the novio to morning Mass so we can meet him or her! very sweet
Huh, guess that explains it some. I do my very best to make daily Mass. I'm certainly not perfect, but coming there most every morning I can make it seems to make me closer to Him. I have a really good relationship with our Priest too by do that. After Mass I'll follow the older folks into the church kitchen and we'll grab coffee and find something to eat in the fridge. :) Most of the people there are (I would have to say atleast) 3-4 maybe 5 times my age and they always seem to pay special attention to me. All my life I have felt called to married, but these people, I can tell, are nudging me to look into the Seminary. Makes it a little harder too see where God is calling me. I tell them after I graduate I want to pursue meteorology and that for now that seems to be where He wants me.
[quote="Sierrah, post:10, topic:180675"]
I go to a later youth mass on Sundays with is pretty good and is always packed with young people. The music is good and the talks are always very real. Not just the same old this or that. I think the church has failed the youth out there by ignoring them and not giving them more services to draw them in that they can relate too. I know of 3 youth masses on Sunday that always draw big crowds. If all the churches provided these I think there would be an upsurge in attendence all around. I noticed that mid Sunday morning or afternoon seem to be the best times. I used to attend one that started rather late on Sunday and they never had much of a turn out. :shrug:
Oh of course nothing says, "same old this or that" than reverently focusing our attention to God, as opposed to turning Mass into a upbeat song and fellowship service. :rolleyes:
I find it very sad that reverently praying and focusing our attention purely on the Lord has turned into "same old this or that".
Yes I have went to several Lifeteen/youth oriented Mass(whatever you want to call it). I find it so hard to pray and focus on God there. The music, albeit Christian, is all pop culture like, I'm literally forced to hold hands, the sign of peace turns into an excuse to hug every person around you, absolutely no reverence during Communion. I can tell that this is clearly an attempt to just get teens to show up at Mass rather than truly understand what it is about. Every Lifeteen goer I have spoken to thinks the "other" Masses are boring with no fellowship and that Lifeteen Mass is so much more fun. I find this incredible selfish among my generation. That: “ I don’t like to go to Mass unless it’s fun” attitude. What happen to that: “Gee, God gives me 167 hours a week to have fun, socialize, do whatever I want, perhaps I should give that 168th hour back to Him for blessing me with all that I have” attitude. Kids love to socialize, when you turn Mass into a socialization event, you'll undoubted gain attendance, but most importantly lose focus on our Lord's Passion. Take away the fun and you’ll lose attendance, but whomever stays, however little it might be, you’ll know are there because they at least understand: “God you want me here, even though it may not be fun I know for some reason you want me to be here so here I am Lord.”
There is nothing wrong with the church stepping up to provide activities that are oriented towards their mind set in order to engage them to become part of the church, but bringing that inside Mass is truly sad.