would be interesting to hear just how many of us might answer. Would we
answer, almost by default, that we are obliged to attend Mass on
Sundays? Perhaps, but most likely given time to reflect we’d find many
other reasons why we go to Mass.
For the past forty years the vast
liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council have firmly taken root
in our hearts. We have come to understand that the Mass is the source
and summit of our life together in Christ. That asked to fully
participate by active listening, responding and singing; we become
members of the Body of Christ. During the Mass we join ourselves to
Christ’s act of worship of God. Empowered by God’s grace, we who have
been transformed can be used by God to transform our world.
The Pastoral Team has chosen 8 Sundays,
between now and the beginning of Lent, to spend time during Sunday Mass
sharing the meaning and purpose of each of its various sections. Our
hope is that it will affirm the experience we have Sunday after Sunday
and also answer any lingering questions about the Mass we might have.
Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November
9, we will show a brief video at the time of the homily, which will get
the process going. The video features Rev. J. Glenn Murray, a Jesuit who
is recognized nationally as an expert in liturgy. We certainly enjoyed
and learned much from him and hope you will too. (November 2, 2003)