Young and Hip!

Dear mainline Protestants,
In the spirit of ecumenical sharing,
here’s how you bring in the youngsters!
(Believe me, these work)
Guitars! Felt banners! Any and all
of Ray Repp’s Mass for a Young America
in heavy rotation (That’s FM radio lingo);
Bible study/”rap sessions”
—get some beanbags and have it in your
rectory’s living room or what-have-you;
Here’s a great one: have an early-evening
Saturday vigil service for the kids so
they don’t have to get up on Sunday morning
(does that count for you? I suppose that
doesn’t really matter since it
doesn’t count count, I mean for us, but
maybe for you? That came out weird)
Check out liturgical dancing: it is dynamite.
Hope these help (I know they will!)
May the Blessed Mother give you
her special grace, Mary


Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.