“If you build it, they will come.”
At St. Ann’s in Charlotte that’s exactly what has happened. A weekly Sunday Latin Mass was “built” with all of the foundational ingredients to succeed, and the faithful have indeed responded. And they continue to attend, in ever increasing numbers, because ultimately, beauty attracts and authenticity is appealing.
If we are going to reclaim the culture for Christ, if we are going to be faithful stewards of the gifts God has given us, we must be tireless in the mission to save souls. We need to give people the opportunity to be interested, invested, and that requires a consistent and sustained approach to evangelization that is founded upon the worship of God in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2).
- Use homilies not to entertain but to form people in the Faith.
- Use newsletters and parish bulletins to inform and engage people.
- Offer parish missions which foster a deep understanding and appreciation of the True, the Good and the Beautiful, i.e., the transcendentals.
- Bring the Faith to the public square by promoting Corpus Christi Processions.
- Trust in the Lord.