Worship Resources For Everyone

 

We are still following some aspects of COVID-19 safety.
The safety measures we follow continue to evolve so be prepared for changes.

Weekend Masses are on Saturday at 5:00pm, and on Sunday at 10:00am and 6:00pm, each with reduced (but different) covid safety restrictions:
– Saturday 5:00 PM: Live music but with no singing. Masks are optional, but recommended.
– Sunday 10:00 AM: We will be singing, but masks are required. As of mid September we have reduce the amount of singing for greater safety.
– Sunday 6:00 PM: Live music but with no singing. Masks are optional, but recommended.
– We ask for your patience as we care for one another. We continue to monitor the situation, and we note the recent increase in hospital beds being taken up. We also do not wish to add to the already stressful situation of our health care workers . So far there is still plenty of space for people to spread out in church, so choose a space that makes you feel comfortable.

Daily Mass are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30 AM.
– Masks are optional.

Live stream video of the Sunday 10:00 am Mass.
See the Mass Live Stream page for the link to the live stream and more details.

 


December 5th, The Second Sunday of Advent
A link to the readings from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120521.cfm

For Your Reflection

This week in the Gospel, we head to the wilderness to find John the Baptist proclaiming forgiveness of sins through Baptism. This Gospel is not so much about being saved from as being saved by and for; John is preparing the way for Jesus. We are called by John the Baptist to actively “make straight” our relationships with God and others. He is calling us to clean up our lives. It is a call to prepare our own hearts; to break down the barriers that we have put up; to clear the obstacles that we have placed in our path. John’s message interrupts the circumstances of our life. His message disrupts the patterns and habits of our life with family, friends, business transactions and consumer activities. John’s message is always a message of hope and promise. The word of God comes in every time and circumstance, offering a new way, a new life, a new world. Every day of the year we tend to be distracted by mountains of work, paths of indecision, valleys of doubt and fear. God’s love will always find a way. We simply make it easier to recognize God’s love if we help prepare a way. We know there are going to be valleys and mountains at various times in our lives – some we create and some we encounter. We need inner peace which begins with a relationship with God. We can exchange our weaknesses and replace it with God’s strength in any area of life. Advent provides a time to slow down and identify the movement of God already in our lives.

Preparing for God’s arrival means rethinking systems and structures that we see as normal but that God condemns as oppressive and corrupt. It means letting God make humble everything that is proud and self-satisfied in us, and letting God heal and lift up what is broken and beaten down. The claims of our world’s leaders often conflict with God’s claims. John calls us to let God’s bulldozers reshape the world’s social systems and the landscape of our own minds and hearts. One way we can prepare a way for the Lord is to recognize our own faults and failings and to seek forgiveness. Repentance begins with examining our lives and discovering the patterns and habits of seeing, thinking, speaking, acting, relating, and living that blind us to who God, our neighbor, and we ourselves really are. They are things like anger, pride, fear, greed, the need for approval, perfectionism, judgement, gossip, the need to control or be right, tribalism, busyness, sorrow, self-hatred, and despair. We repeat the same patterns, tell ourselves the same old stories, and listen to the same old voices. Life becomes static and we are stuck in the past trying to live a life that is no longer vital. John’s call for repentance is the call for us to face and deal with our past. While we cannot undo or alter the past, we can break free from it. Every act of unselfishness, every act of companionship, every act of setting right some injustice, every act of encouragement so that a person begins to bloom in a new way, every act of advice to avoid some folly which would hurt or stunt someone’s growth, all these actions make a path straight for our Lord to enter that person’s heart. Each of us could name the highs and lows, or mountains and valleys of our life. We could recount the crooked paths on which we got lost and the rough ways on which we stumbled and fell. Repentance is the movement away from what was to what might be. We need to hear the word of God and act on it. We should not miss this blessing as we answer the call to be a peacemaker in our communities. Can we listen to each other’s stories and use them to enlarge the capacity of our hearts?

 

 

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)

At this time we have sung music only at the Sunday 10:00AM Mass.

Entrance Song:

Come Now, O Prince of Peace (vss. 1 & 2)  (not in hymnal)

Gloria:

Spoken

Psalm:

YouTube Link: The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us (#69)

Gospel Acclamation:

Missa de Lumine (CREATOR OF THE STARS OF NIGHT)   (not in hymnal)

Preparation of the Gifts:

Instrumental only

Eucharistic Acclamations:

Spoken

Lamb of God:

Spoken

Communion:

Instrumental only

Closing:

Come Now, O Prince of Peace (vss. 3 & 4)  (not in hymnal)

 

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