Awareness at Mass
Our Mass celebrants at St. Philip Neri, as well as the Pastoral Council and parishioners, are aware that our church – our valued place of worship – is important to our religious practices, spiritual rituals and Eucharistic celebrations. Our House of God should reflect our community, and enable us to reverently celebrate the liturgy. We should all have a sense of reverence, sacredness and respect for God’s Home, and carry out our faith as we worship and live as faith-filled Catholics. To this end, the Pastoral Council respectfully asks that all members of the congregation contemplate the following reflection – Awareness at Mass.
Awareness at Mass
When we attend Mass with a positive Attitude, we each find a spirit of renewal and consolation. A positive attitude goes hand-in-hand with a spiritual “humility” that says to God: We are ready to listen, hear and participate.
When we are Willing participants, we benefit more than if we attend because it is expected. Our willingness opens us to God’s grace, by being in God’s presence and participating in a variety of ministerial ways.
When we are Aware, we are considerate of others. We attend Mass to hear the readings, the homily, and to participate in the liturgy by singing and responding when appropriate. Once Mass begins, personal conversations should not take place. If a high tech device is essential, it should be set on a mode that alerts only the owner and not those nearby.
Responsibility rests with each of us to ensure that we do our part to make the services special. Thankfully, the days when each parent attended a different Mass so the other could watch the children are long gone. We are a stronger church when the whole family attends Mass. All of us, including single adults, senior couples, and families, reflect the true church. We all share, however, the responsibility to use good manners during the services.
As we Educate our friends, family, parents and children, we have a better appreciation and stronger knowledge of when to sit, stand, pray and remain silent. Why not stay until the final blessing? Why not join in the closing hymn?
It is our responsibility to Never judge others. We are a community of God that helps each other, not one that passes judgement. Mass attendance is between God and each individual.
Enthusiasm is contagious. When we bring enthusiasm to the liturgy, we will leave with abundance. Congregants can set a tone of enthusiasm, for instance, by selecting appropriate attire. One’s attire doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should reflect the “specialness” of the occasion.
We are all called to be Saints. The main characteristic of a saint is unselfishness. We should all strive to be unselfish at Mass, but, more importantly, choose to live our lives in an unselfish manner.
Stewardship means supporting the Church. Based on the teachings of Jesus that tell us that God is the creator, owner, and giver of all things, stewardship is the manner in which we return our blessings back to God through the use of our time, talents and treasures, all of which are critical to the operations and financial well-being of the Parish.
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