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 17th November 2019, is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. There are 33 Sundays designated as Ordinary Time in the year, the remaining 19 Sundays occur during Advent, Lent and Easter.
The theme we will take for the Mass is: We are part of one family, God’s family. We celebrate God’s Forgiveness at the beginning of Mass. We bring to Mass our gratitude for what is good and our sorrow for the difficulties we had in the past week.
2. Chapter of the Resource Book
Refer to chapter 3 of the resource book, Preparing for First Holy Communion; A Guide for Families.
|We are Part of One Family, God’s Family|
|We Gather Together to Celebrate|
|We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness|
Read chapter three and complete the activities. Use this as an opportunity to talk about why you are bringing them to prepare for First Communion and preparing for the Masses.
Talk also about how we feel when someone says sorry to us for something they did and how good it feels when we can forgive them for that.
3. Gospel of the Mass
Luke 18:1-8 International Children’s Bible (ICB) Taken from the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Luke. – copied from www.biblegateway.com
Some of the followers were talking about the Temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts offered to God.
But Jesus said, “The time will come when all that you see here will be destroyed. Every stone will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another!”
Some followers asked Jesus, “Teacher, when will these things happen? What will show us that it is time for them to take place?”
Jesus said, “Be careful! Don’t be fooled. Many people will come using my name. They will say, ‘I am the Christ’ and, ‘The right time has come!’ But don’t follow them. When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid. These things must happen first. Then the end will come later.” They will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. They will do all these things to you because you follow me.
4. Specific Prayer at the Mass
On this Sunday we will emphasie reconciliation and how we are constantly thinking of our relationship with God and are open to deepening that relationship through acknowledging what is good and not so good in it.
5. An explanation of any specific resources that will be used at the Mass
There are no specific resources being used on this weekend.
6. Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass
Have a conversation about reconciliation.
- We say sorry to people when we hurt them and we hope they will say sorry to us when they realise they have hurt us. Jesus asks us to try to understand why people do bad things and to forgive them .
Light their Baptism candle at a meal around the time of this Mass, either in advance of it or after it or at both times. If you don’t have a specific Baptism candle for your child, buy an ordinary candle and use it as a candle that will be for specific celebrations relating to this preparation time.
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 17th.
Your son, Jesus, showed us the depth of your love. His words and actions showed us how to be reconciled with you, with others and with ourselves.
Help us to learn about your never-ending love and forgiveness.
We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.
Use the PJ prayer in chapter 2 of the book as a night prayer on the night of Sunday 20th.
Use a prayer of Grace before Meals that you 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.