Latin Mass and Free Pizza: Cleveland’s Young Adults Return to Historic Church in the City
As our world today explodes in chaos and rampant ugliness, some young adults in Cleveland are returning to a traditional place to find Truth and Beauty - - urban Catholic churches. Not only are they returning to the churches of their ancestors, young adults are also discovering what Father Faber of the Brompton Oratory once described as “the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven” - - the Traditional Latin Mass.
Pope John Paul II quoted the Dostoevsky line in his Letter to Artists, under the heading “The Saving Power of Beauty”:
People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm [of wonder] if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world.”
As young adults return to the Church in the City, some of these Clevelanders are forming an informal social club with the hope of gathering together monthly for pizza, meeting new friends and organizing occasional volunteer efforts to work on together. The kick-off for this endeavor, the Oliver Plunkett Social Club, will be Monday, July 12. All are welcome to attend the 5:30 pm Latin Mass at St. Ignatius of Antioch. Afterward, young adults are invited to the informal gathering of pizza, pop, and desserts.
The event promises to be relaxed, friendly and a great opportunity to meet new friends and share some laughs. It is free. Just show up, grab a slice of pizza and kick back with some new friends and probably bump into some old ones.
One of the great benefits derived from young adults discovering the Latin mass has been the spirit of volunteerism they have brought with them. Young people love to get involved. And not coincidentally, many of the young adults faces you now see attending Latin Mass at St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Stephen’s, Immaculate Conception, St. Rocco’s, and Mary Queen of Peace are the same young leaders of many local charitable causes including pro-life work, efforts to help the homeless, feed the hungry and many other endeavors. Their enthusiasm is sparking a restoration and this is just the beginning.
The Oliver Plunkett Social Club will be a great win for our local community. It will surely be a fun way for traditionally-minded young adults to get together and share their love of Truth, Beauty and Goodness with others. College-aged young adults and older are welcome to attend. Please consider joining in on the fun and spread the word. Reminder: Monday, July 12 following the regularly scheduled 5:30 pm Traditional Latin Mass at St. Ignatius of Antioch