The Mass 2.0: The Introductory Rites | #145

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary31 – Now we will respond, “And with your Spirit.” The Confiteor is different in only two places. And we strike our chest. For many older parishioners, these changes will remind them of the old Latin-English Missal. We haven’t changed so much.

The Mass 2.0: A New Big Red Book | #144

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary30 – Mass 2.0 – We’re getting a new copy of the Big Red Book (called the Sacramentary or the Roman Missal). After going over a brief history of this book, I encourage people to take a fresh look at what we say at Mass and why.

Mass9 – The Bible in Three Years | #134

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Mass #9 – The Church Fathers compared reading scripture to a cow chewing its cud. If you don’t understand a particular reading, don’t worry – it will be back in 3 years! We read from the Old Testament and the New Testament and chew on what was said.

Mass7 – True Independence | #132

Fr. Joel Homilies

Mass#7 – The Bible reveals three aspects about the Mass: Sacrifice, the Real Presence, and Communion. This Communion with Jesus lifts are burdens and gives us peace and joy. Come to Christ and you will find that depending on Him is true independence.

Mass5 – Let Us Pray | #114

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 7 – The opening prayer collects your prayers and offers them to God. Why do we respond at Mass? You must say Yes to God; your salvation depends on it. Mass is a time to practice our Yes by responding clearly, promptly, and with our whole heart.

Mass4 – Sing Your Heart Out | #113

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 6 – We sing at Mass because God has forgiven our sins, because God is coming to meet us, because we were made to praise God. If we make it to Heaven we will be singing God’s praises for all eternity. It wouldn’t hurt to practice a little now.