Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Mass the way we do? Why do we have a procession at the start of Mass? Why do we make the sign of the cross? Why does the priest celebrant kiss the altar? Why do we sometimes kneel, while at other times we stand? Why are we encouraged to join in the singing? Questions such as these are often on the minds of every Catholic who comes to Mass.
Starting in September, ten minutes before the start of Mass, a Dominican friar will give a short five minute reflection and explanation of the Mass. They will not be sermons, but short talks that over time will cover the key aspects of the Mass. The purpose of these reflections will not be to overwhelm us with a lot of detail, but rather to increase our awareness of how various parts of the Mass work together to heighten a sense of unity as we are drawn into the sacred mystery and then sent forth to carry on Christ’s mission in the world.
Series on the Mass Schedule (Weekend Masses 10 minutes before the start of Mass)
9/6 Preparation for Mass 9/13 Introductory Rite, part I 9/20 Introductory Rite, part II 9/27 Liturgy of the Word, part I 10/4 Liturgy of the Word, part II 10/11 Liturgy of the Eucharist, part I 10/18 Liturgy of the Eucharist, part II 10/25 Eucharistic Prayer, part I 11/1 Eucharistic Prayer, part II 11/8 Communion Rite, part I 11/15 Commuion Rite, part II 11/22 Concluding Rites