Mass Schedule St. Mary’s
Daily – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
IN ADDITION CONFESSIONS ARE 20 MINUTES BEFORE
DAILY MASS, OR ON REQUEST AT OTHER TIMES
Mass Schedule – Our Lady of Lourdes
4:30 – 5:00 pm
The Church understands the Communion Procession, in fact every procession in the liturgy, as a sign of the pilgrim Church, the body of those who believe in Christ, on their way to Heavenly Jerusalem. All our lives we who believe in Christ are moving in time toward that moment when we will be taken by death from this world and enter into joy of the Lord in the eternal Kingdom he has prepared for us.
The liturgical assembly of the baptized that comes together for the celebration of the Eucharist is a witness to, a manifestation of, the pilgrim Church. When we move in procession, particularly in the procession to receive the body and blood of Christ in Communion, we are a sign, a symbol of that pilgrim Church “on the way.” For some, however, the experience of Communion Procession is far more prosaic, analogous perhaps to standing on line in the supermarket or at the motor vehicle bureau. A perception such as this is a dreadfully inaccurate and impoverished understanding of what is a significant religious action.
The Communion Procession is an action of the Body of Christ. At Christ’s invitation, extended by the priest acting in Christ’s person: Happy are they who are called to his supper, the members of the community move forward to share in the sacred meal, to receive the body and blood of Christ which is the sign and the source of their unity. In fact, each time we move forward together to receive the body and blood of the Lord, we join the countless ranks of all the baptized who have gone before us, our loved ones, the canonized and uncanonized saints down through the ages, who at their time in history formed a part of this mighty stream of believers.
Find out more about the communion process here.
Take some time in prayer to examine your conscience before making your confession. Then when you are ready, take a place in line and enter when it is your turn. When you enter for reconciliation, you have two choices. You may kneel down and make your confession anonymously or you may go to the chair by the priest to confess your sins face to face. It is your option, but many people find they have a richer experience of the Lord’s mercy by confessing their sins face to face.
Find out more about the reconciliation process here.