Happy Easter to you all! Praying this Easter time under the “stay-at-home” order is bringing unique blessings of family time, growing in your Domestic Church and gratitude for things normally taken for granted.
Last year, one of the preparation pieces for the parents and children making their First Holy Communion, was attending a “Walk-Through Mass.” During this regularly scheduled Sunday Mass, the various parts of Mass were explained, including the meaning of the signs, gestures and other pertinent things. Many of the parishioners who attended that Mass (some of whom weren’t in sacramental preparation) commented on how wonderful it was and would like to see it more often.
This year, with Masses being done only through Live-Stream, we will have the “Walk-Through Mass” over four Sundays, on each Sunday explaining a particular part of the Mass. The Mass is divided into four parts: The Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word; the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. On Sunday, April 19, will be the explanation of the Introductory Rites. On Sunday, April 26, Bishop David O’Connell will celebrate Mass with us so we will skip the explanation part this week. On Sunday, May 3, the explanation of the Liturgy of the Word will occur. On Sunday, May 10, the Liturgy of the Eucharist will be covered and on Sunday, May 17, the explanation of the Concluding Rites. Doing it this way will not make any one Sunday particularly long and help keep everyone more engaged throughout the process.
Remember, the Live-Stream Mass airs each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and is also viewable afterward at any time. Praying that learning more about the Mass will enable us to be more engaged with the God made present in the Eucharist. Again, Happy Easter!