Edward Pentin, the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register, has done at least a couple of pieces on young people and the Traditional Latin Mass; here, for example, and here. The upshot is that young people, rather than being repulsed by the Ancient Form, are attracted to it: the TLM draws on the treasures of the Church’s heritage, and challenges young people.
This past First Saturday (4 May 2019), Tracy Guerrette, the Director of Faith Formation at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, along with Deacon Tim Dougherty, took the Parish Junior High Youth Ministry to the TLM in Westbrook (Fr. Steven Cartwright). As Tracy says,
“The youth loved their experience, and for many, it was the first time attending a Mass. We were 25 people total in our group…
The most consistent comment is that the youth enjoyed ‘how devout the Mass was.’ All of them were very engaged and were able to follow along with a Mass aid booklet (which included both the Latin and English translation). Father Cartwright was kind enough to spend 45 minutes with us following the Mass where he spoke more about and explained the history and meaning behind the Latin Mass. All of the youth said that would very much like to attend another Latin Mass.”
Some comments forwarded by Tracy:
“I thought that it was an interesting experience and everyone should be able to go to one. I liked how you could still follow along where the general area of the Mass was and what part it was, even though it was a different language.”
"[T]he Latin Mass is wonderfully solemn, reverent, and beautiful. It's amazing to think that this is how the saints worshiped for hundreds of years. I can't wait to go again sometime."
“I noticed they didn't carry a cross and the priest was wearing a weird looking hat; receiving communion was different. (Out of the mouths of Jr High students comes how much we have lost – TC) I really liked the Mass and would go again.”
Jack (13yrs) “Because the Priest was looking towards the alter, I found myself looking up at the cross, it was a very holy experience.”
Luke (10yrs) “I felt like I was in a different time period.”
Jamie (father). “It was my first Latin mass. I found the experience very holy and reverent. The music of the High Mass was especially prayerful.”
Folks, this isn’t “longing for the 1950’s” or some such rubbish. This is our future, this is regaining what we have lost and neglected, this is going backwards to go forward.
REMINDER!!! the First Saturday Mass for June, 2019, is THIS SATURDAY, 1 JUNE!
9AM (Confessions, 8AM)
268 Brown, Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
Contact: Fr. Steven Cartwright, Parochial Vicar – Sebago Lakes Region
Office Phone: 207-857-0490 ext. 22
Curate, ut valeatis!