Eucharist – Sunday Mass

From the beginning Christians have held Sunday as our Holy Day, and Eucharist as our central prayer.  Gather together - Listen to the Word of God - Break bread together – Go out and live as Jesus disciples.

 

If you would like to know more about the outline or Order Of the Mass, THIS reflection might be of help.

Here is a link to Mass times in THIS PARISH,

and here is a link to OTHER PARISHES in this diocese

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Growing in Faith & understanding of Eucharist

“In the early years of the Church, a bishop in Syria wrote a little instruction book for himself and other bishops. Here is one crucial task he set for bishops:

Exhort the people to be faithful to the assembly of the Church. Let them not fail to attend, but let them gather faithfully together. Let no one deprive the Church by staying away; if they do, they deprive the Body of Christ of one of its members! (Didascalia, chapter 13)

We are centuries later, oceans apart. We are separated from that Christian Church in third-century Syria by theologies and technologies. But what we have in common surmounts all that: we the Church assemble on the Lord’s Day, and that assembly, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, speaks and listens to the Word of God, makes holy and is made holy by its Eucharistic praying and the sacred banquet of Holy Communion”

From: “Gather faithfully together: A guide for Sunday Mass”. Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

 

If you would like to read more:  CELEBRATING the Eucharist  is a simple booklet outlining the Order of the Mass, its actions, purpose & prayers, with questions for liturgy groups to reflect on.

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Sunday Mass in our Parish

Sunday Mass is the place where we gather as a parish, as a community, as a People of God. For the vast majority of Irish Catholics, it is the only place we formally gather as church.  So it seems obvious that Sunday Mass should be the focus of parish ministry & mission.

“But if Mass – particulary weekend Mass, funerals & Christmas – is to be central to pastoral strategy, there is one indispensible foundation. We ourselves must learn to view Mass differently. Making Mass central is not about doing something with the Mass in order to make a certain impact on some of those present. Rather it is about looking at Mass differently for ourselves. In this sense ‘outreach’ is ‘inreach’. The starting point is our own experience. If we ourselves – meaning the familiar faces who regularly attend – transform our own way of seeing the Mass, then it will become a qualitatively different experience for us. And that is what will be experienced by anybody who happens to be there”

Donal Harrington, The Welcoming Parish, Pg 191-102. Columba Press

Even after years of faithful gathering, we can learn more about Eucharist and about how God is with us in a special way as we gather to pray. It is good and appropriate that adult Catholics regularly take time to reflect on and grow in understanding about the great mystery that Jesus Christ has given us in the Eucharist.

 

 

Psalm 62:

O God you are my God, for you I long;

For you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you like a dry weary land without water.

I gaze on you on the altar to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life; my lips will speak your praise.

I will bless you all my life; in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul shall be filled as with a banquet; I shall praise you with joy.

In the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

I cling to you; your right hand holds me fast.

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