Regarding “Where are the children, youths and young adults?” Jan. 17, Page 30:

I suggest a visit to St. Birgitta Church in Northwest Portland on any Sunday at 9:30 a.m. One would see a church full of young families, young children and young adults. All are there for love of the Mass in the extraordinary form. Some have driven more than an hour to get there. 

St. Birgitta is not alone. One would find them spending an evening listening to a Dominican priest at Holy Rosary’s Drinks with Dominicans or packing that church for a solemn Dominican-rite Mass. 

Young men packed St. Stephen Church to kneel side by side at the Rorate Mass, line up for confession, and be challenged by the speakers at the recent men’s conference.

I would also suggest a visit to the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Nebraska and Pennsylvania to meet groups of young women who glow with the love of God and love a life of strict monastic discipline. Their Masses are all in the traditional rite and their divine office is the same rite used by St. Teresa of Avila.

Right now I’m watching a broadcast of a magnificent solemn high Mass and the packed congregation is mostly young.

Where are the youths?  It’s all in where you look.

Randolph Raetz

Vancouver, Washington