St Michael Parish Family,
The Introductory Rite of the Mass helps the faithful come together as one, establishes communion and prepares themselves properly to listen to the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily.
MAKE the Sign of the Cross with holy water (a sign of baptism and acknowledgement of the presence of the Divine Holy Trinity) upon entering the church.
GENUFLECT toward the tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament and the Altar of Sacriﬁce before entering the pew.
KNEEL in the pew for private prayer before Mass begins.
STAND for the Introductory Rite: Entrance Chant, Penitential Rite, Gloria and Collect.
STRIKE your breast at the “mea culpa(s) through my fault” in the Conﬁteor.
BOW your head when you say “Lord, have mercy” during the Kyrie. If there is a Rite of Sprinkling, make the Sign of the Cross when the holy water is sprinkled in your direction.
Why must a Catholic attend, celebrate and participate in Mass on Sunday?
CCC 2175 states: “Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ's Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man's eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ.”
CCC 2190 states: “The sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.”
How should we prepare for Sunday Mass? Since the Holy Mass is our path toward the Eucharist—“the source and summit” of our lives as Christians and Catholics— it’s probably worth putting in extra effort to prepare for our encounter with God and worship Him with reverence. Below are some practical tips I’d like to share with you:
1. Approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation if needed. Saturday times are at 9:15 am, 3:45 pm and 6:15 pm. Also, there are morning opportunities on Mondays and Fridays at 7:30 am in the Church and afternoon opportunities on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in the Convent Chapel.
2. Read the Mass readings and reflections at home before coming to church. Links to the readings and reflections to help you understand them are provided in the Friday Flocknote that is emailed to you at 7:00 am every Friday. You can also find them here.
3. Don’t be Late! Arrive early to spend time in silent Adoration and prayers (e.g. Rosary, Chaplet and others). Greet others with a warm smile, but save visiting for after Mass.
4. Remember to fast for one hour before Mass. This is a physical reminder for us that we are putting Jesus first.
5. Dress nicely as is fitting for your encounter with the Lord.
It is my prayer that we will all come to a better appreciation for the Holy Mass together. Next week, we will look at the Liturgy of the Word.
St Michael the Archangel, defend us!