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Category: Daily Mass

The Harvest is Abundant: School Mass Musicians

The Catholic School year begins with song as our student musicians lift their voices and hearts in praise to God at School Mass. The youth exude excitement, joy, and enthusiasm. They hunger for God. They are searching, and they need adult role models to show them who Jesus is. Jesus says, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”  (Matthew 9:37-38)

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Do adults know how to show Jesus to youth?

We see discouraging signs all around us, such as decreased Mass attendance, and legislation attacking the principles of our faith.  Christianity appears to be losing, not winning, hearts. Many Catholic adults, lacking solid catechesis themselves, don’t know how to share the Christian faith with their children and others. Pope Benedict XVI encourages us to persevere in forming youth amidst the challenges of our secular world.

There has been a collapse even of simple religious information. This naturally forces us to ask: What is our catechesis doing? What is our school system doing at a time when religious instruction is widespread? I think that it was an error not to pass on more content. Our religion instructors rightly repudiated the idea that religious instruction is only information, and they rightly said that it is something else, that it is more, that the point is to learn life itself, that more has to be conveyed. But that led to the attempt to make people like this style of life, while information and content were neglected. Here, I think, we ought really to be ready for a change, to say that if in this secular world we have religious instruction at all in the schools, we have to assume that we will not be able to convert many in schools to the faith. But the students should find out what Christianity is; they should receive good information in a sympathetic way so that they are stimulated to ask: Is this perhaps something for me?

– Pope Benedict XVI, Salt of the Earth p 125-126

Are you ready for a change?

Are you ready to share the treasure you have found in Jesus Christ?

May God bless our student musicians.

May God bless all those who inspire youth to fall in love with Jesus.

A new friend and Daily Mass

One year ago, we closed our main church for renovation. For several months, Masses were held in one of two school gyms. Setting up Mass in different gyms involved loading up carts with Mass supplies and making trips to and from makeshift sacristies. The best part of this time was that I had a helper every Wednesday for school Masses. For several years, he had been attending daily Mass and when he saw the extra work involved with gym Masses, he jumped right in to help.

During the long winter months, we got to know each other as we loaded up cafeteria carts with candles, wine, hosts, the Missal and a Lectionary.

After the renovation, our reason for spending time together had ended and there was a momentary concern that our friendship would wane. However, Jack kept in touch through phone calls and with invitations to gatherings with mutual friends.

Finally, after almost a year, Jack’s example rubbed off on me and I began to attend daily Mass with him. With my wife’s blessing, I now leave home a little earlier to attend our 7:30 am Mass: the greatest prayer on earth.