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New YouTube series explains the “Elements of Catholic Mass”


A new, insightful video series on YouTube aims at answering the questions that many have asked in regards to the components involved when celebrating Catholic Mass. 

University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Illinois)
"I think it's important that the Catholic church is not only putting out good teachings and good theology but also putting really good content as well. We're seeing Netflix producing their own video and TV shows and we're seeing all of these companies putting out these really great commercials. But, I also believe that Catholic church should be putting out really creative and dynamic content as well.”

Jesse Weiler is the assistant director of media and communications at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Jesse along with Fr. Douglas Martin, former Director of the Liturgical Institute have collaborated on "Elements of the Catholic Mass.”

Liturgical Institute (Illinois)
"We have got to open up the riches of the Catholic liturgy so that the people too can benefit from it.”

The series is designed to help educate the laity to better appreciate the significance of the Mass. Fr. Douglas leads the program as the host. 

University of Saint Mary of the Lake
"I think there is a common stigma among Catholics that young adults and Millennials don't want to go to Mass because it's boring. When I've had conversations with other young adults about liturgy and the things that I've learned, they've gotten very interested in Mass and they told me that it's helped them understand what they are doing at the Mass.”

Currently, "Elements of the Catholic Mass” has 31 short episodes that average about about 2-5 minutes in length. The videos are free and be used as a reference point for personal faith formation or group discussion.

The Liturgical Institute