Recently, this has been very problematic to me. I go to a Mass of a different language since my family speaks that language, but I’m not very fluent in that language so I have a problem with it. Therefore, at the Mass, I usually don’t understand any of the prayers and have trouble understanding the homily.
When I asked my brother and family if I can go to an English Mass, they said that the purpose of Mass is family and that family company is more important than understanding the worship of God – I think they’re completely wrong.
My brother also said that going to Mass is about “being there” rather than “understanding it,” and the only thing I need to understand is the homily.
My question is, do I need to know what the priest is saying at Mass? And if I do, can you tell me what I should do to convince my family of allowing me to go to English Mass?