The Diocese of Honolulu is reaching out to young people by inviting them to Mass at the Wet N' Wild water park:
They've also provided a video, explaining more. Now, there's nothing wrong with a day of fun at the water park but I don't think rejoicing in the Lord means this kind of frivolity. The day begins at 9 am, with Mass to follow at 9:45. One hopes that the young people will be dressed appropriately, but I'll wager dollars to pesos many of them won't. Imagine some poor priest giving communion to a teenage girl in a bikini! Do we seriously expect a large group of scantily clad teenagers and young adults, anticipating a day of frolicking in the sun, to give their full, conscious, and active participation at a Mass that will presumably be celebrated outdoors? Don't answer, that's rhetorical. Canon law says that Mass must be celebrated in a "sacred space," but in cases of necessity it may be celebrated in a "fitting place." A water park most definitely is not a sacred space. Is it necessary to celebrate Mass there? No, particularly considering that there are ten Catholic parishes on the same island where the event is taking place.
I'm at a loss as to why so many people who work for the Church, lay and clerical, think they need things like this to attract young people. Mirabile dictu, the Church not only survived but thrived in the centuries before World Youth Days, National Catholic Youth Conferences, and all the rest. Don't misunderstand me: it's laudable that young Catholics should want to join in fellowship. I participate in a young adult group. Our activities are pretty simple: Eucharistic adoration on Mondays, guest speakers and heading out to the local pub on Thursdays. We're doing pretty well if I do say so myself. Holy Mother Church doesn't need gimmicks. She needs to be herself.
h.t. Unam, Sanctam, Catholicam