Overview of Sunday Masses

Overview of Sunday Masses 2022-06-14T19:10:39+00:00

**NB All Masses are offered according to 2002 Missale Romanum**

4:30 PM Saturday Mass
English sung Mass with a cantor. Good hymnody.

7:15 AM Sunday Mass
English spoken Mass. No music.

9:15 AM Sunday Mass
English sung Mass with the Adult Choir (Labor Day through Memorial Day). A good balance of external participation with hymns as well as an invitation to internal participation with choral music. Adult choir leads the singing of congregational hymns and also sings choral music rooted in traditions of chant and polyphony (Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods). Mass is offered ad Deum, with a common direction of prayer of priest and people alike. Very family-friendly, especially families with young children.

11:15 AM Sunday Mass
The most intentional striving for the ideals as articulated by the universal Church’s documents. Sung Mass with incense and increasingly in Latin, exceptions being the Priest’s Orations (Collect, Super Oblata, Preface, Eucharistic Prayer, Post-Communion), Readings, and Universal Prayer. The Gregorian Chant Schola (or a cantor) chants the propers (Introit, Offertory, Communion) of the Mass, and will also sing some choral music similar to the repertoire of the Adult Choir. Some hymnody. Mass is offered ad Deum, with a common direction of prayer of priest and people alike.

Notes on use of the Latin Language
The Latin language is the universal language of the Latin-Rite Catholic Church. At all but the 7:15am Mass, parts of the Ordinary of the Mass will, with varying degrees of frequency and consistency, be sung in Latin so as to adhere to the Second Vatican Council’s call that the ‘faithful may be able to sing or say together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary that pertain to them’ (Sacrosanctum Concilium no. 54). The frequency and consistency of this at Sunday Mass, in descending order, is: 11:15, 9:15, and 4:30. Whether or not one knows much Latin, this practice has several clear advantages: 1) uniting us to the universal Church, 2) makes the attendance at Mass elsewhere in the world, and especially in Rome and/or with the Pope, more familiar, 3) facilitates the opportunity for more intentional interior participation (see Sacramentum Caritatis no. 64ff), and 4) can more generally assist with a healthy ‘stretching’ of our own personal tastes and open us to a more expansive reception of the treasury of graces of Holy Mother Church.