Worship Resources For Everyone
We are still following some COVID-19 safety measures.
The safety measures we follow will evolve with the situation so be prepared for changes.
Weekend Masses are on Saturday at 5 PM, and on Sunday at 10 AM and 6 PM, each with reduced (but different) covid safety restrictions:
…– Saturday 5:00 PM: Live music but with no singing. Masks are optional.
…– Sunday 10:00 AM: Live music and we will be singing. Masks are optional.
…– Sunday 6:00 PM: Live music but with no singing. Masks are optional.
…– As of Lent we will be singing a bit more, but only at the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
…– So far there is still plenty of space for people to spread out in church, so choose a space that makes you feel comfortable.
…– We have observed that most people are wearing masks in church even when it is optional.
…– We ask for your patience as we care for one another. We continue to monitor the situation.
Daily Mass are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30 AM.
…– Masks are optional.
Live stream video of the Sunday 10 AM Mass.
See the Mass Live Stream page for the link to the live stream and more details.
For Your Reflection
This Sunday is the sixth Sunday in Easter, and we are still at the last supper. The disciples have been fed, feet washed, and the betrayer has left. It is night, dark, and Jesus has announced he is leaving. The disciples have left everything behind and now their leader is leaving? They are uncertain and afraid. Whether they truly heard Jesus or not, he spoke words of hope and promised he will not leave them alone “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” A paraclete is a person who stands alongside someone and uses their voice on the others behalf. They stand shoulder to shoulder and plead the case. They intercede on behalf of another. They lend strength and support to someone who is disempowered. That is what Jesus did for many people during his ministry and what the Holy Spirit is sent to do for us. This Spirit will come and dwell with them in their community and continue to facilitate the presence of God with us. The role was not to condemn, but to plead the case for mercy and compassion, to be the intercessor, to be the best character witness one might ever hope to have. Though Jesus may no longer be physically present, the comfort and assurance that his presence gave the disciples during his lifetime would continue in the presence of the Holy Spirit. We still need the Spirit as we struggle to live as Jesus lived, we still need the Spirit of truth to offer guidance and counsel as we struggle with the complex issues around us. The Gospel still needs to be given a voice through the action and words supported by our Advocate, the Spirit of truth, who reveals to us the truth that we are a child of God within whom God lives. Finally, Jesus bestowed the community with the gift of peace. This does not mean that there will never be disputes or disagreements, but rather that we will be given the capacity for resolving such disputes in a way that peace is restored or even more deeply secured.
Some hearts are troubled and afraid, some are angry, some are skeptical and cynical and some are breaking with compassion while others are hardening. On this journey we are all in different places. We fear becoming orphaned, alone without guidance, without support, without anyone. We fear being isolated in a world that feels like no one cares whether we live or die. The fear points to the deeper reality that by ourselves we are not enough. It is not, however, because we are deficient. It is because we were never intended or created to be self-sufficient or to stand alone as individuals. We were created to love and be loved in community, to live in relationship as persons giving of themselves to each other, to dwell and to abide. The peace Jesus gives is a call for us to be peace to others, to bring our peace into the midst of chaos and conflict, to live with a heart at peace and be God’s love to one another. What might that look like for us today? Where and with whom is our heart at peace and where and with whom is it a war? People we encounter every day, if we choose to see them, are dealing with so much; job loss, physical illness, grief, spiritual desperation, emotional insecurity, isolation, shame, uncertainty, disrupted relationships, abandonment, violence…the list goes on and on. Any one of those things can make us feel abandoned by the very concept of love, but also unworthy and unlovable. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” This is the peace that Jesus offers; it is both an inner peace we know in our hearts and an outer peace we experience when we love one another. Regardless of the circumstances of our lives, we need Jesus’ peace within and between us. For most of us, a solution to a difficult situation usually means that someone else needs to change what they say or do. Jesus’ peace is not about changing someone else, but about changing us. Take a look at our lives, community, country and world to see how the Good News of the Gospel might intersect with what is happening. How might the Gospel guide us? What is it calling for and asking of us? What challenge, comfort, hope, or encouragement is it bringing us? How might we embody and live the Gospel in the context of what is happening? We need to ask ourselves: what are the boundaries of our love? Whose feet do we wash and whose feet do we ignore? Is our love growing, expanding, inclusive and transformative of ourselves and the world? If not, why? Every time we expand the boundaries of our love, we open space in this world where God can make a home within. A heart at peace sees the other as a human being with hopes, fears and concerns, even in the midst of conflict and disagreement. Will we live with hearts at peace or at war? Do not abandon yourself or others in this world. Love with all that you are and all that you have, as Jesus loves us. Jesus has given us his peace – what will we do with it now?
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)
Storrington Mass (not in hymnal)
Storrington Mass (not in hymnal)
Preparation of the Gifts:
Eucharistic Acclamations (Storrington Mass):
The Worship Calendar: