• The Collect
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    The Elements of the Catholi...

    The Collect

    The Elements of the Catholic Mass - Opening Up the Treasures of the Mass

    "Collect" is the official term for what is generally known as the Opening Prayer of the Mass. This term is significant because it suggests how we ought to approach the opening oration. The prayer is preceded by the invitation of the priest: "Let us pray." Note that these words do not mean "Bring ...

  • The Purpose of the Mass
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    The Purpose of the Mass

    The Elements of the Catholic Mass - Opening Up the Treasures of the Mass

    In everything we do in life, it is essential to understand the goal or purpose, if we want to participate in a fruitful manner. In the Catholic Mass, the goal of our worship is quite clearly directed at the praise of God and the sanctification of the world. In fact, the Church puts these very wor...

  • Presentation of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Presentation of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

  • Baptism of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Baptism of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    On this first Sunday of Ordinary Time, we recall the Baptism of the Lord. But, in addition to remembering this historical event, we also are asked to call to mind our own baptism. Why? Because our baptism isn't just an event from the past, but a present reality that impacts every aspect of our li...

  • Baptism of the Lord (Year C)
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    Opening the Word - Year C

    Baptism of the Lord (Year C)

    Opening the Word - Year C

    On this first Sunday of Ordinary Time, we recall the Baptism of the Lord. But, in addition to remembering this historical event, we also are asked to call to mind our own baptism. Why? Because our baptism isn't just an event from the past, but a present reality that impacts every aspect of our li...

  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    Knowing what is about to come, Jesus shares a meal with his disciples. Sharing a meal with family or friends is an intimate and joyous occasion. Gathering around the table and sharing food together are often some of people's favorite memories they reflect on. Jesus wants to have this closeness wi...

  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    Have you ever felt a tug to do something out of the ordinary? Maybe say something to someone you've never met before or call up an old friend to check in even though it's been years? This tug can make us feel uncomfortable, as we aren't sure why we have this feeling we need to act, but we feel al...

  • Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    This Sunday we are presented with a Gospel reading that should deeply challenge us. These are readings that remind us of who we really are—disciples of Jesus Christ. We are not only his friends, called to stay near to him, but we are also his missionaries, called to go out and to spread his Good ...

  • Nativity of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Nativity of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    When we think of the story of Christmas, we usually think of the "infancy narrative" of Luke's Gospel: Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, no room in the inn, Jesus laid in the manger, angels, and shepherds. This is the familiar account of Christ's birth, and we are surrounded by reminders of...

  • Bows in the Mass
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    Bows in the Mass

    The Elements of the Catholic Mass - Opening Up the Treasures of the Mass

    The liturgy is comprised not only of words and music, it also includes gestures. These, too, are sacramental signs because they show in a visible way the hidden devotion of our hearts. A bow signifies reverence or honor to persons or the symbols that represent these persons.

  • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord- April 5, 2020
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord- April 5, 2020

    Opening the Word - Year A

    We all are called to love God and do the Father’s will, even when it is difficult. But love involves sacrifice—dying to self and making sacrifices for the one we love. We can use the example of Christ in the Garden to accept our crosses well.

  • Our Lord Christ the King (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    Our Lord Christ the King (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    This Sunday brings the liturgical year of the Church to its culmination. At the close of the year, the Church draws our attention to Jesus's Kingship and the coming of his Kingdom through this Sunday's readings.

  • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    We all are called to love God and do the Father's will, even when it is difficult. But love involves sacrifice—dying to self and making sacrifices for the one we love. We can use the example of Christ in the Garden to accept our crosses well.

  • Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God—January 1, 2020
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God—January 1, 2020

    Opening the Word - Year A

    Today is a beautiful and important feast in the life of the Church. Our focus today isn't on starting the new year—although that is certainly reason for celebration, and what better way is there to start out the new year than by going to Mass? Our focus today is on Mary and her motherhood. There ...

  • Episode 6 - In The Beginning God Created
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    The Wonderful World of Benj...

    Episode 6 - In The Beginning God Created

    The Wonderful World of Benjamin Cello - Season 1

    Benjamin Cello, Professor Wordsworth, and the Bookworms investigate the greatest opening lines of literature, including the magnificent opening words of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

  • Our Lord Jesus, Christ the King (Year C)
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    Opening the Word - Year C

    Our Lord Jesus, Christ the King (Year C)

    Opening the Word - Year C

    From the cross Christ invites us to share in his reign. We participate in his kingship by sacrificing ourselves in love—by caring for the weak and the sick, by helping those in need, by sharing our time and our very selves with those around us. In the end, love itself proves to be stronger than e...

  • Our Lord Jesus Christ, The King of the Universe (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Our Lord Jesus Christ, The King of the Universe (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    When the world ends, we are told that God is going to focus on one thing: How did we care for the poor, the sick, the suffering? Nothing else will matter. Just how we treated who Jesus called "the least" among us.

  • Lectio: Philippians: Episode 1: Paul and the Philippians
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    Lectio - Philippians with D...

    Lectio: Philippians: Episode 1: Paul and the Philippians

    Lectio - Philippians with Dr. Tim Gray

    There are many hidden treasures packed in this epistle, which will be revealed throughout each session. We begin by looking at the town of Philippi, its first converts, and Paul's opening words.

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  • 3rd Sunday of Easter (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    3rd Sunday of Easter (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    The two disciples on the road to Emmaus in today’s reading came to know the Lord in the “breaking of the bread”—the Eucharist. We can see that their encounter with Jesus that day parallels the way Jesus comes to meet us in every Mass.

  • 2nd Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday - April 19, 2020
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    2nd Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday - April 19, 2020

    Opening the Word - Year A

    The second Sunday after Easter is designated Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s a recent feast in the Church, instituted in 2000 by Pope St. John Paul II. He felt that immediately after Easter, while the Paschal mysteries were fresh in our hearts, we needed an opportunity to reflect more deeply on God’s g...