2. Out of every catholic church I had been to in my lifetime, I had yet to attend one where the learning process was interactive (i.e. bibles at each chair for others to follow along). Of course, this is purely a matter of taste.I have two points regarding this.
First of all, I assert that the Mass is indeed interactive. "Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 14; cf. 11, 19, 21, 27, 30, 41, 50, 79, 113, 114, 121, 124). As you can see, it's the main theme of the document! If you will read these paragraphs you will see how truly "interactive" the mass is. For example:
30. To promote active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalmody, antiphons, and songs, as well as by actions, gestures, and bodily attitudes. And at the proper times all should observe a reverent silence.Even listening is a form of active participation. When we listen to the readings of the Bible, we allow his Word to penetrate our minds and our hearts. When we listen to the priest give the homily, we intelligently receive his words and we come to see how the Gospel relates to our lives. We listen attentively for the bells that mark the coming of the Spirit upon the bread and wine to transform them into the Real Presence of Christ.
In fact, the mass appeals to every one of our senses. We hear the Word, and bells, and song. We see beautiful liturgical vestments that tell us something glorious is taking place here, and wonderful stained-glass windows that teach us salvation history. We smell incense, used to bless sacred objects (the cross, the bible, the altar) and to symbolize holy prayers rising up to heaven. We feel wooden pews and kneelers, which remind us that to worship the Lord is to make a sacrifice. We feel the peace of Christ in a handshake or a kiss. We taste bread and wine, which have become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
I dare say, there is nothing more interactive.
That said, we don't go to church so we can enjoy a "learning process that is interactive." We go to adore the Lord, to give him all praise and glory. Too many christians focus on what they are going to get out of it, so they shop around looking for the church with the best band, or grand stadiums with cushy chairs and laser-light shows that offer 50 million ministries for their members. The church is not a school, or a concert hall, or the YMCA. It is holy ground devoted to giving ourselves to God. The person who says, "mass is boring" really has no idea what is going on at all. I am occasionally moved to tears by the mass. You should have been too.
Now, on to your next point ...