Everything we have is a gift from God. In thanksgiving for that gift – we praise and worship the one who gives us all.
Liturgy is central to our individual and community faith life. During our liturgies at Mary, Mother of the Church, we come to know God and each other as we hear the Word of God, share in the Eucharist, and go forth in the mission given to us by Jesus to build the kingdom here on earth. It is through the liturgy that we express who we are as Christians.
The Mass is central to our worship and union with Christ. It is the most perfect union we can have with Jesus in this life. Because it is the most perfect union we have with Jesus, it is also the most perfect union we have with each other. As well, it is our most perfect worship of God. There are two main parts to the Mass: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The first part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word, is focused on scripture. The Bible is read from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Gospel. After the readings, the priest gives a sermon, also called a homily, helping apply Christ’s teachings to our daily lives.
Christ’s act of redemption in His death and resurrection is made present to us during the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. This is when we receive the Blessed Sacrament – the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the form of bread and wine. If you are not prepared to receive the Eucharist, you may also approach the priest or Communion distributor with your arms crossed upon your chest and he will give you a blessing.
Songs are sung in response to the scripture readings and sermon as additional expressions of worship. An offering may be collected to support the work of the Church in and beyond the community, and news of upcoming events and celebrations will be shared so all are informed of and can participate in parish life.