Why Go to Mass?

My friend and colleage Denise shared the following video (“Why Go to Mass?”) with me, from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, for youth ministry. I see it as a refreshing take on the “Catholics Come Home” campaign because it comes across as less “triumphal”  and more inviting to those who are hesitant, doubtful, and hurting. (Love the “girly-men” scene/comment).

What do you think?


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

1 Comment on Why Go to Mass?

  1. Going to mass is so amazing and the graces we receive. Its still how amazing when you talk to people that so many people, Catholics do not believe in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. If Catholics understood the Faith, believing in the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, our churches would be filled. WE need a poll once a year in each diocese to see how many catholics believe in the Eucharist and that will give us a benchmark as to where we are in the present moment as Catholics and where we are going in terms of our future of our faith. An annual poll on how many Catholics go to receive the Eucharist worthily through Confesssion. Again these are checks and balances of where we are and where we need to be. WE have annual reviews at work for job performance we need almost an annual review process to create measurable acheiveable goals in Evangelization. (Our Spiritual Finances if you will). On EWTn Fr. Joseph Mary had in one of his homilies said that if every Catholic understood the Sacraments they would never miss Mass.
    God Bless this year of Faith

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