A parishioner penned a whimsical but poignant list of reasons why he goes to Mass on Sundays. Have a read below, but more importantly, come join us for Mass this Sunday! Never been to Mass? Have been away from the Church for years? It matters not; this is the day the Lord has made…for you.
Mass Times – Saturday Vigil at 4:00 PM, Sunday at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM
Reprinted with permission
A few things I love about the Catholic Mass:
- Holy Smokes – the more incense the better. There is something mystical about the wisps of smoke rising above the altar and carrying our prayers and intentions to God.
- Continuity – the prayer Kyrie Elesion (mercy) is 1,500 years old, and the Gloria was penned in the 2nd century. I just love tradition.
- Spirits in the House – at each Mass the church is filled with angels and saints. Once in a great while I can feel their presence as if a light current of electricity were flowing through my body. My wife calls them “walk throughs”.
- Beliefs – no mincing words on Sunday. In a 60 second declaration we stand up and tell you what we believe, not what we feel. It’s the Catholic elevator pitch!
- Family Reunion – we pray for the dead at Mass. I get to visit with Papa, Nana, Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary, my sister Mary, and Grandma Cross every Sunday.
- God Speaks to Me – the Gospel is the Living Word of Jesus Christ. I can hear it year after year and, through my own experiences, the Word changes and brings me new ways to look at life. New ways to live life. The right way to live life.
- My Brother’s Keeper – I love pitching my weekly envelope into the offertory basket. Giving frees my soul from the bondage of greed. It’s an act to go along with the words to insure the echos of my belief don’t ring hollow.
- Peaceful – through a simple handshake, or a kiss on the cheek, we remind each other of Christ’s call to love one another and live in peace. It’s a hectic world outside the bronze doors of the chapel, but for the moment we come together. People look into each other’s eyes, each other’s soul, and it is beautiful.
- Prayer for the Ages – not sure how to pray? Just say the Our Father. Jesus taught us the prayer so we could pray to God as He prayed to the Father. Please God, forgive me my trespasses. I promise to forgive those who trespass against me – they don’t really mean it anyways.
- John the Baptist – I love John the Baptist! A ragged man of strength, he spoke what he knew to be the truth without any hesitation. He’s the kind of guy who would’ve taken on the schoolyard bully. Just prior to Communion you can hear him call out once again, “This is the Lamb of God!”
- The Eucharist – presented to us as the real body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ through the transubstantiation, we come into full communion with God and each other. And not just those present at our Mass, but with those all over the world called to the altar by the same voice. In communion with all the souls and saints who came before us, and all who have yet to come – one body. Mind blowing!
Is it Sunday yet? I need to work on being a daily communicant.
Peace be with you.