The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware of their responsibility for “full, active conscious participation” in Mass.
Edge Night at a Glance
For many middle school youth, going to Mass is often a struggle. They live in a culture where they are constantly entertained and have very little quiet time. Mass, however, calls us to a sacred time and a time to be connected to God in full communion. We are also called to enter into Mass with “full, conscious and active participation.” After Vatican II, a document called Sacrosanctum Concilium discusses this sense of active participation: “Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy” (14).
The activities for the Gather are to help the youth be exposed to many different terms from the Holy Mass as well as signs and symbols that they may see, hear or smell at Mass and at your parish. The Proclaim will help the youth to process the information from the Gather and prepare them for a small group discussion. The Edge Night concludes with Mass. Be sure to leave 30-45 minutes for Mass.