Mass

We celebrate Mass on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Very simply put, “Mass” is our worship service, but we believe it is the source and summit of Christian life.  The term “Mass” is derived from the Latin missa. “In antiquity, missa simply meant ‘dismissal’. In Christian usage, however, it gradually took on a deeper meaning. The word ‘dismissal’ has come to imply a ‘mission’. These few words succinctly express the missionary nature of the Church”. (Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum caritatis, 51)

Mass is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist (or Holy Communion). “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 47).

At Mass, we experience the presence of Jesus Christ in four distinct ways: First, through the Word – the readings from the Word of God (the Scriptures). Second, through the Minister of the Church, Third, through the believers gathered as one Body of Christ, and Fourth, through the Body of Blood of Christ in the Eucharistic Meal (Holy Communion).

We understand that Mass may be confusing if you are not Catholic or if you have been away from the Church, but we welcome anyone to worship with us and experience the presence of Christ during Mass. We trust that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and equipped to embrace the mission of discipleship in Christ. If you have any questions about the order of Mass, what to say at Mass, or even “Why do Catholic’s do that at Mass?” questions, check out our Visitor’s Guide. As always, anyone will be happy to ensure your experience with Mass at St. Catherine’s is blessed.