Why Go To Church?
In today’s culture it is increasingly common for people to consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” That is, they believe in God and Jesus but do not see a need to go to church. In other words, is it possible to follow Jesus and forget the Church?
This session helps us know how to respond to this contemporary situation, first by reviewing how we need a supportive Christian community if our faith is to grow and be manifest in our lives. Using Scripture, we also examine how Christ intentionally established His Church and the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, so He could continue to be present with us for all times. We look at how the Mass enables us to meet Christ within His community and to find nourishment and strength for a life that is often counter-cultural. By being filled with the very power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, we deepen our relationship with Christ and become more like Him.
When this presentation is done separately (not part of the Faith and the Big Questions series of talks), it is normally entitled Why We Need the Church: Being “Spiritual” Is Not Enough.
For more information, please see:
- YouTube Video of CAINA’s Presentation on Why Go to Church? (Catholic Apostolate Center Webinar):
- View/Download PowerPoint Slides (without videos): Why Go to Church?
- Some Quotes about the Catholic Mass from Saints and Church Leaders
- Why Be a Practicing Christian? by Steven R. Hemler and Paul N. Smith
- Why Go To Mass? by Steven R. Hemler and Matthew Neuman
- Reference DVDs and Books on the Church and Mass
- “Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus” YouTube video by Fr. Pontifex:
- Short YouTube video with powerful quotes about the Catholic Mass:
- Archbishop Alexander K. Sample discussing how the Mass re-presents Christ’s Sacrifice on the cross:
- Fr. Larry Richards discussing the importance of the Mass: