Recently, our Young Adult Ministry went on a weekend retreat to Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, New York. While preparing for the retreat, some of our young adults asked that we spend time on the retreat helping them understand the Mass. As a result, the whole retreat was devoted to taking various parts of the Mass and explaining how they relate to our lives.

The book What Happens at Mass was given to the retreatants so that they could follow up afterwards. It was further suggested that there be a “What Happens at Mass” discussion group here to delve into this book even more deeply and so that participants thoroughly understand the richness of the Mass.

In the introduction to the book, Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., explains that “Mass is a ritual… Mass is about love… Mass… is an encounter.”

Even though a person may have gone to Mass for years, this book can deepen your appreciation of this “encounter” with the living God, and deepen your awareness of God’s continuing presence in your life.

The book is available in the lobby of the Parish House.