Participating in the Mass is the most important thing Catholics do each week. Every Sunday, we gather to praise, thank, and worship God. We hear his Word and celebrate the Eucharist. At Mass we are changed, becoming what we receive, the Body and Blood of Christ. The Mass charges us with an important mission — to be Christ in a world that is broken and in need of healing.
Christ commissioned us to go into the whole world and make disciples, and every week we are sent forth in mission from our parish churches, nourished by the Word and the Eucharist. As we go forth from Mass each week, we are called to live in the world as Christ’s disciples. Yet while our mission is clear, it is not always easy to fulfill. The realities of work, family, and everyday life can often distract us from the missionary aspect of our faith. Go and Make Disciples reminds us that we need to equip our parishioners to fulfill their duty of “bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation” (10).
We come together at Mass to be nourished at the tables of the Word and the Eucharist for our mission as the Body of Christ in the world. The more deeply we understand what we are doing at the liturgy, the more profoundly we will understand our baptismal call to mission and evangelization. This presentation will catechize and inspire the participants to deepen their participation in the liturgy and involvement in the mission of Christ and his Church.
The Eucharistic liturgy is inherently catechetical. It teaches us how to live as Christians in this world, and it forms us to live in a constant state of mission. This prayer experience will reflect on the actions, words, and songs of the Mass, inviting us to explore the familiar saying: lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi. As we worship, so we believe, so we live.
catechists, liturgical ministers, those involved in adult faith formation and initiation ministry, pastoral council members, and all Catholics interested in the connection between liturgy and life
150 copies of two relevant LTP resources (up to $3500 value)