"It is in the parish that we learn to live our own faith solidly. This enables us to keep the rich tradition of the past alive and to re-propose its values in a secularised social environment which is often hostile and indifferent." Pope Benedict XVI
The rich theology of the Mass, unfolding in ritual over the centuries, becomes intelligible, both to young priests and to parishioners, gradually; by a familiarity that comes with repetition and with careful and consistent observance of the liturgical norms. If this is neglected, if the norms are ignored, a powerful means of transmitting the Church's teaching about the meaning of the Mass is lost.
This is why the Second Vatican Council teaches that "there must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them, and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing" (Sacrosanctum concilium 23). ...On Rubrics and Divisions
It is, then, in our parishes that we learn to live the Faith; to keep the rich traditions of the past alive; to re-propose the values of Christianity in an often secular world.
As the Holy Father has said.
But this happens only in parishes where we see the growth of positive social capital, not exclusiveness amongst people and groups...and in parishes where the main focus of parish life is the prayer of the Church, the public liturgy of the Church..Holy Mass celebrated according to liturgical legislation..so that we adore Our Lord, we receive Him with reverence, we think of Him...and we take this faith in practical ways, small or large, to the wider parish life.