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“Should I go to Mass this weekend?”
Many faithful wrestle with this question, amid the latest news on the coronavirus. But perhaps answering the question, “Why should I go to Mass?” and understanding the blessings of encountering the real presence of Christ will offer the compelling reason to attend Mass in person.
To help promote this, the diocese is launching a seven-week program to re-introduce the gifts received when attending Mass, none greater than the Eucharist.
On three consecutive weekends, pre-recorded homilies will be presented at every parish, each keyed to a distinct theme. They start on Sept. 11 with the Saturday vigil Mass, to be followed by the Sunday Masses the next day, and continuing to Sept. 26. The homilies will be available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
During the weekend Masses of Oct. 2-3, every pastor in the diocese is invited to present his own homily on the Eucharist, geared to his community.
And pastors will lead “teaching Masses” during the weekends of Oct. 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24, pausing at various points to explain the meaning and history of the rituals.
Bishop Robert McElroy has a special invitation for all faithful in our diocese.
“It is my deepest hope that these weeks will be for us all a time to grow in our love for and understanding of this most beautiful sacrament and, in doing so, come closer to the God who has bestowed upon us every blessing we know in this world.”
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