First Sunday in Lent

March 10, 2019

 

Question of the Week:

In what ways do I speak or act without integrity?  What must I say or do at home or in my community to bear good fruit?  Can I make a commitment to doing something

fruitful throughout Lent? 

 

EXPLANATION OF THE MASS

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Christ is present in the Scripture passages proclaimed at Mass. The word of God feeds us and opens us up to acknowledge God’s presence. God speaks to those assembled through the readings and invites them to allow the word to transform their hearts and minds and have power over their lives.
The Liturgy of the Word consists of:
Scripture readings. Three Scripture readings are read on Sundays and solemn occasions. Usually, the first is taken from the Old Testament, the second from a New Testament letter and the third from a Gospel passage. At Easter Time, the first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. Two readings are proclaimed on most weekdays, one from the Old Testament and another from a Gospel passage.
The responsorial psalm follows the first reading. During it, the faithful respond to what God says to them in the psalm, generally sung but sometimes recited.
On Sundays and other special occasions, a second reading follows the responsorial psalm.

Gospel
After these readings, the faithful prepare to hear the Gospel, when the Lord speaks to them through his word. They joyfully ready themselves to listen by acclaiming “Alleluia,” an ancient Hebrew word meaning “Praise ye
Jah[weh]” or “Praise the Lord.” During Lent, the words “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!” take the place of the “Alleluia.”
Proclaiming the Gospel is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word. Centering on Jesus’ life and teaching, it receives special respect. This includes a sung Gospel acclamation, a procession to the ambo and standing to hear it. If a
deacon is a minister at Mass, he proclaims the Gospel.
At every Mass, Jesus again offers his eternal sacrifice to God in atonement for our sins and the sins of the world. He is with us in a unique way wherever Mass is celebrated. At Mass, the People of God gather in union with Christ to be nourished and transformed by word and sacrament. It helps us to become more fully the Body of Christ in the world.

The Mass is an action of Christ and his Church (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, No. 7) and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet (No. 8). It celebrates God’s sanctification of the world and enhances the building up of the Church (No. 7).

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial
memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood” (No. 1382).

Pastoral Delegate: Deacon Denis Perez
Parish Priests: Fr. Martin J. Leopold