Normally, I just use the missalette Mass for the readings and songs. Since the new translation I’ve been using the little cheat sheet in the cover of the book.
However, my father-in-law uses the missalette for the entire Mass. He even quietly recites many of the prayers that only the priest says. He’s in his 80’s and seems to be developing some memory issues. He just seems more comfortable with the book. Because of this, my husband usually follows in the missalette as well so he can more easily help him out if FIL looses his place/page (DH is a wonderful son!).
Today, husband wasn’t there, so I was using my missalette through the Mass. I thought it would not be as beneficial* to me* as it was. I didn’t realize how much of the Mass I don’t truly listen to, don’t truly hear. One example, I am usually very engaged during the consecration, but for the prayers that surround it, I predominantly just zone out. These are beautiful prayers that I have been missing out on for way too long. I don’t know that I will always use the missalette for everything, but when I am more distracted I now have a tool to help me stay focused.