My friend Fr. Finelli has some good advice.
If you want to attract people to Mass, get rid of Latin! [Don’t worry. Keep reading.]
Almost every Catholic parish you enter in the US, it would be a slight miracle to hear the least bit of Latin. [Which is exactly contrary to what the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council desired.] During Lent and Advent, you might hear a Sanctus or Agnus Dei, but that is a far as it goes. Any pastor will tell you that Latin will chase people away. If you want people to come to Mass, you have to give them what they want. [Because Mass… sorry, “liturgy” is all about affirming them as they are.] Young people want music that sounds like their music. Guitars, drums, keyboards and a good base will create the atmosphere that everyone wants. Besides, if you have Latin, people don’t understand it and they will go elsewhere. The kids and young people want their culture.
We all know this has been a big success. [He’s being ironical.] Our churches are much fuller than they ever where. [Ditto.] This is not the case at all. Contemporary “Christian” music doesn’t hold a candle to what our young people listen to. It is a poor imitation of the “real” thing. [Who thinks that young people really want the rubbish played in churches? Only the grey-haired people who have been playing it for the last 40+ years.]
Besides, who says that our young people hate Latin? [Not I!] It’s only the older people who for the past 50 years have been told that Latin is outdated, impractical, and not with the times who reject it. [Remember my explanation for why older Americans freak out at Latin? HERE] Priests, and Liturgists have told [lied to] the Catholic faithful that our young people can’t relate to Latin chant and sacred song. But I want to tell you, they are dead wrong. Every Sunday, the voices that I hear belt out the Latin Mass parts the loudest are those who are the closest to me, my altar boys. Below is a clip of Tommy singing a solo. He only had a small sheet of paper with words written on it and no music notation. Tommy also serves most of my funerals. He sings the Requiem, In Paradisum, all the Mass parts, and many of the Sacred humans and chants from memory. Tommy is 10 years old and has been doing this for years. Everyone that sees and hears him sing is moved and inspired. Meet Tommy.
I say if you want to attract young people to Mass, challenge them and give them something that will help them enter into the sacred and not what they have in the world.
Go over there to see the video!