Maybe you remember it at the Parish next to your college campus or at the local Newman Center. It was the Sunday night Mass for college students (the “last chance Mass” or “sinner’s Mass” as some referred to it). It was at this weekly evening Mass where you knew you’d have a good chance of running into at least a few of your friends from campus, some of them even with backpacks in tow in preparation for a late night study session.
In college settings, the Sunday evening Mass is a place of consistency, it’s a place for community, and it’s a place dedicated specifically to the college student. There’s a place of belonging already associated with the Sunday night Mass because a college student can walk in and experience the feeling, “This is for me.”
For the college graduate turned young professional, we want to provide the same experience, a feeling of, “This place, this people, this Mass… it’s for me.”
On September 23rd, 2018, thirty or more individuals attended SPO’s first ever Sunday night Mass for young professionals in Kansas City. We worshipped, we celebrated the Sacrifice of the Mass, and we enjoyed each other’s company in a familiar Catholic setting. Every fourth Sunday of the month (and in the future, we’re aiming for every Sunday) Saint Paul’s Outreach in Kansas City will host this Sunday night Mass specifically for young professionals. With music and great preaching tailored to a younger generation, young adults can’t help but feel at home in this Mass environment.
This young adult Mass not only provides a space for young professionals to connect in worship, it also creates a bridge from young adult community to the Sacramental life of the Church.
The Mass is completely run by young adults. From the altar servers to the lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, young professionals have an opportunity to get involved and to serve.
After the Sunday night Mass, the young adults present are invited to cross the parking lot of the Church and go to the Rectory, where Saint Paul’s Outreach Missionaries are waiting to serve them a taco dinner. This taco dinner includes time for fellowship with all the Mass goers and a group game (think Charades), but we’ll save more on the taco dinner for a later journal entry.