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Starting June 9/10 we will begin a catechesis on The Mass, which will take place at every Mass for the next four weeks. Each Sunday, the Priest will offer brief reflections on the meaning and purpose of the sacred actions and prayers of the Mass. We are offering this catechesis to help us grow in our experience and understanding of the sacred Liturgy, and in our living the Mass in our daily lives. The Clergy’s comments will require that they briefly interrupt the flow of the Mass at a different part each week. Rest assured that the interruptions will be temporary; we believe that in the end, it will be beneficial for all.








Why Do I Have to Attend Mass?

Here are some solid responses to the typical reasons we hear about not attending Mass.

I don’t need to go to Mass to get close to God.

At Mass, you receive God himself — Jesus Christ truly present in the sacrament. Even a beautiful mountain vista can’t compare to that.

I don’t get anything out of Mass.

Don’t expect it to be entertainment. Learn about what it does: joins us to Christ, separates us from sin, wipes away venial sins, commits us to the poor and prepares us for heaven.

I don’t have the time.

There are 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week. Mass takes one hour. That’s less than 1% of your week. Make the time.

I’m a sinner; I don’t deserve to be at Mass.

Welcome to the club! We are a Church of saved sinners. None of us deserves to be here. See you at Mass!

June 30th & July 1st: PART 4-  Communion and Concluding Rites

This week is the last installment of our-part part Catechesis series on The Mass. Each Sunday, the Priest has offered a brief reflection on the meaning and purpose of the sacred actions and prayers of the Mass. Here are some highlights from last Sunday:

Communion and Concluding Rites

  • Our Father: Saying the Prayer that Jesus, our Savior taught us

  • Sign of Peace: The Body of Christ shares Christ’s peace

  • Fraction Rite and Lamb of God: The Breaking of the Bread and proclaiming Jesus as the One who died for us


Reception of Holy Communion: The high point of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

  • The Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is really present under the sensible signs of bread and wine

  • Proper Reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord

Communion and Concluding Rites

Prayer After Communion: The “seal” of the Communion we just received

Concluding Rites

  • Greeting and Final Blessing

  • Dismissal: The meaning of the word Mass

  • Living the Mass: “May he make of us an eternal offering”

June 23rd & 24th: PART 3-  Liturgy of the Eucharist 

The Liturgy of the Eucharist:

  • Preparation of the Gifts and Altar

  • Preface

    -Preface Dialogue

    -Preface Prayer

  • Sanctus

  • Eucharistic Prayer


Eucharistic Prayer

  • Eulogy: Words of Praise

  • Epiclesis: Invocation of the Holy Spirit

  • Institution Narrative: Consecration

  • Memorial Acclamation: The Mystery of Faith

  • Offering and Oblation

  • Doxology: Through Him, With Him, In Him

  • Great Amen: Affirmation

June 16h & 17th: PART 2-  Liturgy of the Word 

The Liturgy of the Word has been called The Table of the Word of God because, in it, we are fed with the Word of God just as we are fed with the Body and Blood of Christ in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

  • Liturgy of the Word – The Bible is the Word of God, which is a living Word.

  • First Reading – Usually, the first reading is like a lens through which can view the Gospel reading in a certain way

  • Second ReadingEpistle, Acts of the Apostles, or Revelation): Gives practical applications for living the Christian life.

  • The GospelOccupies an important place in the Liturgy of the Word

  • Homily – A lens through which the readings of the day, the Mass being celebrated, the perspective of the priest or deacon preaching, and the needs and concerns of the assembly gathered in faith for a particular Mass is viewed from the perspective of the readings.

  • Creed – The word Creed comes from the Latin, credo, or “I believe”: It is the public proclamation of the faith of the Church. Creeds express the core, unchanging essentials of our Catholic Christian faith.

  • Universal PrayerThe gathered Body of Christ exercises its priestly office of interceding on behalf of the Church, the peoples, governments, and leaders of the world, the local community, our friends and family, and the dead—who are always in need of our prayers.

June 9th & 10th: PART 1-  Why Go to Mass?

  • All Baptized Catholic are required to attend Mass every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation

  • The Third Commandment requires us to “keep holy the Sabbath Day”.

  • At the Last Supper on the evening, before Our Lord Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice to the Father for our sins, he gave his disciples the memorial of his death and resurrection.

  • Only at Mass do we hear the Word of God publicly proclaimed to God’s people and explained in the homily

  • Only at Mass is the saving sacrifice of Christ present for us to join the offering of own our lives—our work, our blessings, our joys and sorrows, our relationships—with his perfect self-offering to the Father.

Video recordings coming soon!  Stay tuned…