On Tuesday evening, Feb. 27, at the Catholic Chaplaincy for the University of California, Irvine, located at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Turtle Rock, we held the first of these listening sessions with students from UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and other young adult groups throughout the Diocese of Orange (such as Corazón Puro). With the assistance of Fr. Ben Tran and Fr. Abel Abuan, chaplains to UCI and CSUF….

In this article, we are pleased to share some of the quotes from that evening, to let these students and young adults speak for themselves:

“Retreats are AMAZING (more please!) … also pilgrimages”

“We are all welcome at Mass.”

“We need the courage to say what we believe with our whole hearts. This can only be done when there are leaders/priests who are convicted and teach the truth, and live it themselves.”

“Holding on to tradition is a success. It seems that some Masses, if you took out the consecration, would resemble a Protestant/evangelical service. Furthermore, [we need to work on] keeping the Mass reverent, encouraging proper attire for attending the Mass.”

“We need more awareness of reverence rules and laws. Some people aren’t aware of how to properly act in Church.”

“We need freedom of expression in liturgical preferences (stop suppressing the TLM [Traditional Latin Mass]; both NO [Novus Ordo Mass] and TLM can coexist).”

“It is a success when priests are more available and accessible to the community.”

“We need more accessible confession times, more adoration, more Young Adult adoration and to build community from adoration.”

“Priests need to enforce the Liturgy better (they are educated but need to educate the laity better); for instance, [we need] to acknowledge that the Eucharist IS Jesus and you can’t receive if you’re not Catholic or if you’re in mortal sin.”

“We need more Eucharistic processions.”

From OC Catholic