Gathering to celebrate the Eucharist on a weekly basis is essential to the life and mission of the Church. As the Second Vatican Council states, this liturgy is the source and summit of all of the Church’s activity.
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Some things to note about these weekly celebrations:
(1) During some liturgical seasons and for some feasts, the schedule may vary. Although this occurs infrequently, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the Events section of this Website or the Church bulletin in order to note these variances.
(2) During the school year at the 11 am Mass on Sunday, there is a Children’s Liturgy of the Word. This is an opportunity for children from Kindergarten to fourth grade to hear the Word of God and respond to it at a level developmentally appropriate to them. The children are called forward after the Opening Prayer, are given a blessing and then are dismissed to another room to hear the Scriptures. Usually some kind of interactive exercise helps them to internalize and respond to the Word. At about the time the Liturgy of the Word is being completed in the adult assembly, the children return to celebrate the remainder of the Eucharist with that assembly.
(3) Infant baptism is occasionally celebrated during weekend Masses. Most parishioners report finding this to be a joyful and meaningful experience. However, since this makes the Mass a little bit longer, we customarily announce the baptism in the bulletin of the previous weekend. We hope that you will always choose to worship with the family of the child to be baptized, but understand that schedule considerations may make this impossible.
(4) Twice a year the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is celebrated during all the weekend Masses. Notice of these celebrations appears in the bulletin of the preceding weekend.
Monday through Thursday the Eucharist is celebrated daily at 9:00 am. Typically on Tuesday, the daily 9:00 Mass is celebrated at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School when school is in session. If a funeral should happen to occur Monday thru Thursday, the daily Eucharist is normally cancelled and parishioners are encouraged to attend and participate in the Funeral Mass to pray for the deceased and his/her family.
Holy Days of Obligation occur several times throughout the course of the liturgical year. More often than not these celebrations occur on weekdays. There is no fixed schedule for these celebrations, but the most common schedule is:
Vigil (day before): 5 pm
Holy Day (actual day): 9 am, 7 pm
Singing and Participation
To assist you in singing and participating fully in the liturgy, there are two hymnals located beneath the seat directly in front of you. Numbers for the hymns are posted on the hymn boards on the East and West walls of the church. If a G precedes the number (e.g., G219), this hymn can be found in the Gather Hymnal (which also happens to be Green). A number not preceded by the G indicates that the song is found in the Journeysongs Hymnal.