[quote=RichT] … there is enough whining going on in this forum regarding the Life Teen Mass without having to listen to more.
Whining? For me it is actually protesting–I am concerned that Lifeteen does not accurately reflect or represent our Catholic religion. When I attended two of the Lifeteen Masses, it didn’t even seem like Mass at all. It was a totally chaotic free-for-all, and much liturgical abuse occurred…both times I attended.
… My wife’s grandmother gave me an old bible of her’s as a gift. She said I deserved it more than her own children because I showed more love for the church than any them
Perhaps if she offered the Bible to her own children they may have wanted it. It is sad that she gave up on them
I keep hearing everyone say that teens shouldn’t be seperated… Teens need space…They need a place to call their own.
Teens should be included, not separated. Yes, many teens do go through a time when they don’t want anything to do with their parents. What we did as teens was sit in Mass apart from them! The Church is already a place they may call their own.
… I understand the concern with liturgical abuses, but I also know there are liturgical abuses in many if not all parishes in some form or another.
That does not excuse the abuses of Lifeteen
Maybe we should just get rid of LIfe Teen altogether. What do you think will happen to the thousands of teens who are currently involved? Do you think that they will just magically decide they want to go to mass with mom and dad?
Yes, we should just get rid of Lifeteen altogether. Teens may continue to attend Mass as usual! When I attended Lifeteen most of the teens there were actually with their moms and dads anyway!
Maybe kids look at Life Teen as a sort of surogate parent that provides a place where they can fill comfortable. Bottom line is, all those who complain about Life Teen need to look at why it has become a necessity in order to keep our youth involved.
*Catholic Mass is not celebrated for their comfort!! It is up to the youth to involve themselves in the practice of our religion! Lifeteen is not a necessity! *
Before you kill the messenger, ask yourself what the message really is. Like it or not, until we as parents figure out how to communicate the love of Christ to our children, Life Teen will be a necessity.
*Yes, we parents are usually the first to communicate the love of Christ to our children. If we do not do so it is not up to some other group to lobby the Church to alter Mass for these kids whose parents may or may not have failed them. The practice of the Catholic religion does not need to be changed for anyone. *
*In all the parishes I have been involved in there have been youth ministries. This does not mean Mass is altered for them; it means there are activities and Catholic education made available to them. They become involved in Mass by becoming altar servers, ushers, singers, musicians, or just plain attending. *
*When I was a teen I often went to Mass without my parents and went with my friends. We didn’t clamor for Mass to be changed! We went often whether our parents went or not, because we enjoyed going together on our own. My parents *never *attended! I went because Christ had more power in my life than anything my parents ever could say or not say to me! *
And when I attended Mass, it was in the sixties and seventies and there was no Lifeteen!!