Sunday Mass is an important part of our Catholic faith. The unexpected spread of the COVID-19 virus has challenged the way we experience the Eucharist. After needing to shelter in place, we prepare to reinstate the obligation of attending mass as cases begin to drop and the vaccination rates increase. Let us reflect on the sacrifices that were made throughout the pandemic and ask the Holy Spirit to ignite and guide us back into the house of our Father. We are invited by God to gather as a community at Holy Mass: “Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to His Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” (Catechism 2182) This weekly Holy Day is a gift to our spiritual nourishment, happiness, and eternal salvation. Let us once again stand and celebrate with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTENDING MASS
- We encounter the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
- Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment because He loves us
- There are many graces we receive from the Mass
- Encountering Christ in the Eucharist is life-changing
- We connect with our faith-based community
“The Eucharist is essential for us: It is Christ who wishes to enter our lives and fill us with his grace.” (Pope Francis)