Worship Resources For Everyone
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The safety measures we follow will evolve with the situation so be prepared for changes. We ask for your patience as we care for one another. So far there is still plenty of space for people to spread out in church, so choose a space that makes you feel comfortable.
Weekend Masses are on Saturday at 5 PM, and on Sunday at 10 AM and 6 PM:
...– All with live music and singing. Masks are optional.
.Daily Mass are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30 AM.
…– Masks are optional.
Live stream video of the Sunday 10 AM Mass.
For the link to the live streamed Mass see either the Home page, or the Mass Live Stream page for more details.
For Your Reflection
This Sunday in the Gospel Jesus is answering the disciples’ request for increased faith. Jesus had just been teaching about the importance of forgiveness so perhaps they worried that the kind of forgiveness Jesus was asking of them required more faith than they possessed. Increased faith is an understandable request given the sort of things Jesus had been teaching, including love your enemies, bless those who curse you, forgive even when it is not deserved, give without expecting anything in return, and be ready to take up your cross. What they were hearing was something profoundly new. The people of that time had settled into what were considered acceptable protocols for dealing with sinners, prostitutes, adulterers, those who hurt you, the poor, the physically challenged, adversaries, and law breakers. Now they are presented with these teachings which turn all of this upside down and conveying God’s nonviolent vision of how human nature and the world are intended to operate. Jesus doesn’t tell the disciples how to get more faith. He offers no tips or tricks, not even much encouragement. Instead of waving a magic wand and saying “poof, you have more faith”, Jesus is very clear that faithfulness is not about size or quantity. “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” he says, “you could say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it would obey you.” What seems impossible for us is possible for God”. The disciples already had enough faith. God had already given them all the faith they needed. A mustard seed sized amount was plenty. Faith gives purpose and meaning to our work in the world. As difficult as it can be to love others and live peacefully, we know this is God’s desire and intention for the world. Every act of kindness that is expressed extends God’s kingdom. Nothing is too small or insignificant. As we put our trust in Jesus, we give up any illusions of depending on ourselves only, and we recognize that faith cannot be measured – it can only be lived. The gift of faith carries the responsibility and duty to act upon it as an expression of gratitude for all God has done for us. This passage suggests that faith is not what we want God to do for us; faith is about our being and doing for God.
Human nature is to want to know how much is enough? If we just had more faith we wouldn’t have so many questions or doubts and God would answer our prayers. If we had more faith we would be more involved at church or in the community. We would be a better person and we would know what to do and how to handle things better. We still have great measures of inequity, injustice, corruption, violence, excessive power and privilege, entitlement, selfishness, greed, and the exploitation of human beings around us today. We too search for the quick fix to avoid our pain and suffering. Our world is experiencing a crisis of faith, the loss of meaning and an absence of hope. This is why we come back together week after week, for more understanding, patience, mercy, love, forgiveness, and compassion. We don’t need more faith – we need to be faithful. We need the kind of faith that, like the mustard seed, spreads contagiously wherever it is dropped, grows persistently and cannot be easily destroyed. Living in faith does not shield us from the pain and difficulties of life. It does not undo the past and it will not guarantee a particular future. Rather, faith is the means by which we face and deal with the circumstances of life, the difficulties and losses, the joys and successes, the opportunities and possibilities. Faith does not get us a pat on the back, a reward, or a promotion in God’s eyes. It is simply the way in which we live and move and have our being so that, at the end of the day, we can say without pride or shame, “We have done only what we ought to have done.” We have lived in openness TO, trust IN, and love FOR Christ. Faith is not lived in the abstract, it is practiced day after day in our ordinary everyday circumstances. When we feel the pain of the world and respond with compassion by feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and speaking for justice; when we experience the brokenness of a relationship and offer forgiveness and mercy; when we see suffering and offer presence and prayers. In all these things we live, see and act by faith. There will be days when we feel powerless, lost, and do not know the way forward. Then by faith, we can sit in silent prayer and wait for the Holy Spirit to move us. Faith is the lens through which we see ourselves, others and the world. Faith and love increase by living them daily and by putting them into action. The question is not how much faith we have, but rather, how are we living the faith we do have? How is our faith, our relationship with Jesus, changing and growing in our lives and in our relationships with others? If it is not, where are we stumbling and how are we being called to change? The mustard seed of faith is already planted in us. We already have enough. Because faith is powerful, it only takes a small light to pierce the darkness. God is calling us to promise our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness as we live out our faith together in this community. How will we respond?
Music as Prayer (Bis orat qui bene cantat)
A greater entrance into the prayer of the Liturgy is achieved by being familiar with the music. In particular, the Psalm functions best as a meditation on the readings when we know it well and the mechanics of singing it do not consume too much of our focus. Similarly, with the individual parts of the Mass Settings (the sung acclamations)
YouTube Link: Welcome and Wanted (not in hymnal)
Mass of Joy and Peace (not in hymnal – Note: the new sung-through version does not have the refrain that this older version possesses)
If Today (not in hymnal)
Mass of Joy and Peace (not in hymnal)
Preparation of the Gifts:
Eucharistic Acclamations (Mass of Joy and Peace):
The Worship Calendar: