Just a few weeks ago we talked about an iPad app developed by a priest in Italy to assist clergy in celebrating mass with the new translation. This application is different in that it's designed specifically for the Catholic in the pew or those wanting to learn a little more about the new translation. And at 99 cents, it's a bargain!
Congratulations to Cale for having the foresight to develop this exciting new tool that, for a whole new audience, will evangelize, educate and hopefully inspire!
We caught up with Cale - what follows below should shed some additional light about his work, passion for the faith and all about a brand new app that could have a profound impact on both our local and global church.
Around the Arch (ATA): Tell us a little bit about the work you do for the church.
Cale: I'm the Director of The Faith Explained Seminars , and I'm incredibly passionate about helping Catholics understand their faith in a deeper way. We can't truly love a person unless we know him, and so we must know what the Church teaches about Christ - who he is, and what the Christ life is all about - in order to love Jesus as we should.
I walked away from the Church myself as a young man (hopefully I'm still on the young side), and I have to say that the reason I did was that I didn't fully understand the faith as I should have. Not being well grounded in the reasons for belief, I was "easy pickins" for secular skeptics on campus. The greatest discovery of my life was the historical evidence for Christ and the Catholic Church.
ATA: How did you decide to come up with the idea for The New Mass app?
Cale: When I heard about the new English translation of the Mass, I realized that a massive catechetical effort would be needed to help people learn the new texts and responses. Of course, books and printed materials have their place, but in today's wired and mobile world, there was a need for something that people could carry with them in their pocket - a simple, easy-to-use, yet beautiful tool for helping them learn the new translation - hence, the idea for The New Mass iPhone app was conceived.
My good friend Batsirai Chada and I immediately set to work buildng it, and now it's been "born". I can't believe it's a reality; that people are already using it and learning about the New Mass on their iPhones and iPod Touches, all over the world!
ATA: Tell us a little bit about how it works.
Cale: For each major section of the Mass (the Gloria, the Creed, etc.), we have the current translation, the new text, as well as a brief commentary on the reasons for the change. I tried to focus especially on the many biblical allusions of the Mass texts. The Mass is saturated with Scripture! People can follow along with the Mass, and also use it to prepare for Mass. Best of all, you can use it with today's Mass as well as the new English translation that's coming.
ATA: What do you hope this tool will accomplish?
Cale: When I shared the New Mass app with Archbishop Collins, we talked about what a teachable moment this is for the universal Church. It's a God-given opportunity for Catholics to do far more than just learn some new responses, as we won't be able to go from memory anymore!
It's a chance to rediscover what the Mass is really about. It's the heart of our faith, "the source and summit" as the Church puts it, because the Mass is Jesus Christ himself. He is there in his physical, Real Presence - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. You simply can't get any closer to God this side of heaven!
ATA: How can people download the App?
Cale: You can download The New Mass App from the Apple App Store. We also have a website, just for the app, that links to this as well. And here's the official iTunes site for the app.
ATA: What are your own impressions of the new translation?
Cale: It's gorgeous. It's a more elegant and beautiful English translation, sticks closer to the official Latin text, and many great Scriptural allusions, as I mentioned before. Here's an example: just before we receive the Eucharist, instead of saying, "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you", we will say, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof". Now, this has nothing to do with the Eucharist and the roof of one's mouth! It's actually a quote from Matthew 8, where a Roman centurion tells Jesus that it's unnecessary for him to travel to his house to heal his servant. The Lord then marvels at the man's faith - which is exactly the faith we need to recognize Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist. These are the types of explanations I tried to put in The New Mass app.
ATA: What's next on the agenda for Cale?
Cale: I plan on doing a lot of speaking at conferences, parishes, etc., to help educate people about The New Mass. I'm so excited about this - I can't wait for people to learn more. So please contact me - I'd love to speak to your group. Other than that, I'll still be writing for Catholic Insight magazine and other outlets, and continuing to serve as a pastoral assistant at Saint Justin Martyr Parish. And, of course, we'll be continually updating The New Mass app, so watch www.thefaithexplained.com for more news as it happens!
Photos: Cale Clarke