Preparing for the Mass
Each month we will publish a resource page to support you in preparation for the Mass. In each one we will provide the following:
- The theme we propose
- The chapters of the resource book that the Mass theme will be developed around.
- The Gospel that will be used on the Sunday
- Any specific prayers that will be used in the Mass, other than those on the Missalette
- An explanation of any specific resources etc. that will be used at the Mass
- Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass
- Suggestions for a prayer after the Mass
This Sunday, the 16th February is the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Over the month of February n our parish we are focusing on Ministry and how each person is called to ministry in different ways in their lives as a result of their Baptism.
On this Sunday, the 16th, we will be exploring the many different ministries that are involved in bringing our Mass together on any weekend. The priest will invite the children to be part of his homily and will be asking them who they think might be involved in celebrating the Mass. There are a wide range of people involved. See the list below.
2. Chapter of the Resource Book
We are not using any chapter from the resource book, Preparing for First Holy Communion; A Guide for Families, this weekend. We will return to it after Easter.
3. Gospel of the Mass
The Gospel this weekend is a challenging one to work with a child. Here is a link to it. Matthew 5:17-37 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
It is a continuation of the teaching we know as the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, we will hear, in it, Jesus insisting that we go deeper than our external deeds. The important question is what is going on in our hearts, the source of inner thoughts and motivations?
As already mentioned, the homily will be focusing on ministry in our church.
4. Specific Prayer at the Mass
There is no specific prayer associated with this Mass
5. An explanation of any specific resources that will be used at the Mass
The following is a list of all those involved in bringing a Mass into place at a weekend.
|Baptism Preparation||Supporting parents preparing to have their child baptised.|
|Children’s liturgy of the Word||Spend time with children between the ages of 6 and 10 during the 10.30 Mass in Kilcoole and the 11.30 Mass in Holy Rosary in Greystones. Leaders explain the Gospel reading to the children and engage them in an activity based on the message of the gospel.|
|Choirs and Cantors||Sing at designated Masses|
|Church Cleaning||Keeping the local church clean and welcoming.|
|Collectors||Distribute and collect collection baskets at Mass.|
|Communications Group||Spread and exchange information throughout the community using the website and other media.|
|Flowers||Prepare floral displays for the church.|
|Funeral Ministry Team||Assist the priest during the funeral liturgy in the church and lead the prayers at the interment in the cemetery.|
|Liturgy Group||Work with the priests to plan the celebration of worship in their local church.|
|Minister of the Eucharist||Assist the priest in the distribution of the Eucharist as Mass. Some also bring the Eucharist to the housebound and those in local nursing homes.|
|Minister of the Word||Proclaim the Word of God at Mass, read the prayers of intercession and introduce the Sunday liturgy.|
|Sacramental Preparation Group||Work with the pastoral team to support parents in preparing their children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.|
|Welcome/Hospitality Group||Welcome people to our liturgies and provide hospitality.|
6. Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass
Have a conversation about what took place at the Mass. Did you realise how many different people were involved.
Why do people get involved?
7. Suggestions for prayer
You could use the following prayer at the next time you are gathering together following on from the Mass on the 16th.
We believe, loving God,
that you take delight in all you have made.
Open up in us again the springs of joy,
that we may delight in you, our true joy.
We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.
Use a prayer of Grace before Meals that your child has learned in school.
Bless us, O God, as we sit together,
Bless the food we eat today,
Bless the hands that made the food,
Bless us, O God.