We are in a totally media dominated age with movies, TV, DVD, Internet, etc. If Mass is going to communicate to young people accustomed to media, we must use these same instruments of communication in the service of faith and values formation.
Visual Communication Adds to Your Understanding This week's Sermon
As you enter Holy Family Parish, what will first grab your attention is the movie screen behind the altar. This screen is used by Father John Baxter to illustrate visually the messages during the weekly liturgies. Secondly, you will notice the untraditional decoration of the church. The first question you might ask is why this decor? The reason for the choice of decorations is mainly to be consistent with Holy Family's theme of embracing all religions and being united all under one God.
Father Baxter has simply taken the visual media of communication to communicate better the word of God. A picture or an image can speak volumes. At times, a better comprehension of the gospel can be achieved through a visual illustration. Integrating the audio-visual media into the traditional liturgy can achieve a stronger communicated message and a clearer understanding by the audience.