Together, as a community of believers, we, invite all to “remain united” (Jn 15:4) with God the Father in living a sacramental life through the power of the Holy Spirit. In living the sacramental life of the Church; we turn to God continually through a deepening love for Mass and the Sacraments. At Mass, we experience a renewed opportunity to discover, follow, worship and share Jesus.
A few reflection questions to start…
How do you connect prayer at Mass to your everyday life?
What words or prayers in the Mass find an echo in your heart and remain with you throughout the day?
What can you do to remind yourself that participation at Mass is meant, principally, to praise God and pray for sanctification of the world? How can Mass be your source for caring for the world around you?
The Draw Near video, explores the structure of the Mass overall, its particular parts and their meaning.
Motivation to Go to Mass
You may have heard priests or devout Catholics say something like, “If only people knew what was happening at Mass, they’d be more willing to go.” That may be true, but in this video, Fr. Mike also gets to the more practical—and painfully direct—heart of the matter. He points out that the heart of worship is sacrifice, and ultimately it’s not about how engaged or entertained we are. Mass isn’t about us; it’s about God and what he asks of us.
To learn more about the Mass, check out these study programs from Ascension:
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (http://bit.ly/2nvGvB1)
Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed (http://bit.ly/2DOSa56)
Norbertine Center for Spirituality
A great place to experience and learn about Catholic communal worship and liturgy is at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, WI. The Norbertines we are dedicated to a life of self-giving, rooted in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. If you are interested in entering more fully into the communal prayer life of the church, we encourage you to encounter Jesus both at Nativity and in other places.
Diving Deeper into the Liturgy
Are you comfortable with the Mass? Are you looking to learn more about the depth and meaning?
Elements of the Catholic Mass is designed to help the faithful better appreciate the beauty of the Mass. Featuring experts from the Liturgical Institute, the program consists of beautifully produced weekly short videos of 2-5 minutes. These free videos will be available online and on demand. Because they will be released with a discussion guide with references, they are ideal for personal faith formation or group discussion.