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Maronite Church

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 Contents - Sep 2004AD2000 September 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 2004 Fighting Fund launched - Michael Gilchrist
Morwell: Vatican decision backs parish priests who uphold Church teachings - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Pulp Fiction: Religious illiteracy and 'The Da Vinci Code' - Fr Martin Tierney
Books: Exposing 'The Da Vinci Code' fraud - James Hitchcock
Iraqi bishop: positive developments despite the violence and bloodshed - Bishop Rabban Al-Qas
Terrorist attacks on Iraqi Christians - Catholic World News
Mass Attendance: Where have all the worshippers gone? - Fr Martin Durham
Sydney Catholic Adult Education Centre courses prove popular - Peter Holmes
Mission: Sydney seminary's evangelisation program revitalises parish - Bishop Julian Porteous
Events: Carnivale Christi Melbourne to celebrate Graham Greene's centenary - Liam Houlihan
Why not a little Latin in the liturgy? - Angus Sibley
Adult education: Latin language course in Melbourne
Letters: Thank you from East Timor (letter) - Fr Marcos de Oliviera SDB
Letters: Mass translation? - Philip Holberton
Letters: NRSV Bible - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Liturgy abuses - Peter Lynch
Letters: 'King Arthur' an anti-Catholic movie - Fr Brian Harrison
Letters: Permissiveness - Ena Makaus
Letters: State Aid - George Caruana JP
Letters: Maronite Church - L.L. Booth
Letters: Support given - Barry O'Brien
Letters: The Power of One - Carola Morgan
Letters: AIDS in the Philippines - Christopher Rule
Letters: Freedom to be Born pro-life march - George F. Simpson
Letters: Moral relativism - Tim Coyle
Books: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, by Philip Jenkins - John Barich (reviewer)
Books: The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America, by David Carlin - Fr James Schall SJ (reviewer)
Books: Interrupted Journeys: Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich, by Alan Gill - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Catholic Family Catechism: 2004 Disciples Edition with 50 Questions and Answers - Fr Peter Murphy
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Why the priesthood is absolutely necessary - Fr John O'Neill

Last Sunday, at the invitation of a friend, I attended Mass at St Charbel's Maronite Church at Punchbowl, Sydney. That mass is popularly known as the youth mass, because it is said in English whereas the other masses on Sunday are said in Arabic. My friend and his family go to that Mass for that reason as no one in his family understands Arabic.

The Mass is the ordinary one proper to the day. There is no attempt to play down to young people. No jazzy music - just the holy Mass.

I was most agreeably surprised. Not only was that church packed with standing room only, but the number of young people, mainly young males between 18 and 25, was greater than one would find in an ordinary Catholic church, taking all the Masses on a Sunday into consideration.

What is the secret? Obviously, we have something to learn from them. And it is not only in regard to church attendance, either. Next door is a monastery where there are at least a dozen monks.

I do not envy the Maronite rite. I hear Mass at a church where it is celebrated in Latin and I much prefer that. What I do envy, though, is the significant number of young people compared to an average Catholic church.

L.L. BOOTH
Hurlstone Park, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 8 (September 2004), p. 15

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