What is our Mass like?

Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Mass

The Mass is a Catholic Mass, and contains the standard parts of the Mass with which Catholics are familiar.

The two most noticeable differences are that we always share in a Shared Homily, and we use inclusive language.

So that all may participate in Eucharist, we use gluten free bread and alcohol free wine.

Outline for Sophia Eucharistic Celebration

Welcome to Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community!  We are a welcoming, inclusive community practicing the discipleship of equals found in early church communities. All gifts are honored and all gifts are offered in service to the People of God. In each of our lives, we seek to bring the joy, light, compassion and peace of Christ to those around us, especially to those most in need.  Our liturgies serve as an alternative to the regular celebration of Mass experienced in most parishes.   Here is an outline to help you follow our celebration.  Inside each song book is an abridged worship aid for your use.

PRE-LITURGY VOICES OF LOVE AND CONCERN

We gather to voice intentions for those who need our prayers.

LITURGY

Gathering Song

Sign of the Cross

Greeting “May the ….. “

Response: And also with you.

Commentary/Introduction -presider introduces a theme for the liturgy often based on the scripture readings

Note:  “Lord/Christ have mercy” is replaced. We do not emphasize that Jesus died for our sins (atonement theology) but rather that  Jesus came to teach us how to live and love in order to bring about the Kindom of God!

Three statements about Jesus are followed by a response such as “Jesus, teach us the Wisdom of God”

Brief Prayer

(Feast Days, Christmas and Easter only – Gloria is sung)

Wisdom Bowl – as the bowl is sounded we are reminded that our prayers are part of the life energy of prayers throughout our world and the universe beyond.

Opening Prayer – specific to the individual celebration

Liturgy of the Word– we use the Inclusive Lectionary from the Quixote Center.  From time to time we may substitute a reading from spiritual writers or theologians.

Sunday cycle –  divided into three years, labeled A, B, and C.

2008 Year A – 2009  Year B –  2010  Year C, etc.

Year A – most readings are from the Gospel of Matthew.

Year B- most readings are from the Gospel of Mark and chapter 6 of the Gospel of John.

Year C- most readings from the Gospel of Luke.

The Gospel of John is read during the Easter season in all three years.

The first reading, usually from the Old Testament, reflects important themes from the Gospel reading.

The second reading is usually from one of the epistles, a letter written to an early church community. These letters are read semi-continuously. Each Sunday, we pick up close to where we left off the Sunday before, though some passages are never read. These readings are not connected to the Gospel or the Frist Reading

Order of the Word

First Reading – end of reading response –Thanks Be To God

Psalm – Often Sung

Second Reading –end of reading response – Thanks Be To God

Alleluia – often sung

Gospel – end of reading response – Praise to you, Jesus the Christ

(During Lent, we listen to sung Gospels.)

Homily –  At the conclusion of the homily (given by the presider or other community member) everyone is invited to share their thoughts on the scripture readings of the day or the homily.

Creed – we ocassionally pray an alternative Creeds that are more in line with our beliefs.

(See worship aid)

Prayer of the People – a member of the community will lead the community in this prayer and response.

Sign of Peace – our custom is to share peace before we bring up the gifts.  This comes from the Gospel in the tradition of Mathew.

Preparation rite – community members bring up the bread and wine and also lead us in prayer.

Blessed are you God….the Bread.

Response: Blessed Be God Forever

Blessed are you God… the Wine Response

Response: Blessed Be God Forever

“Pray that our gifts….”   (See worship aid for response)

Prayer over the gifts – unique prayers are written for the day.

Liturgy of the Eucharist– often the community prays parts of this prayer with the presider – when this is done, each person receives a copy. Our belief is that the entire community invokes the Spirit.  Parts of the Eucharistic Prayer are:

Preface Introductory Dialogue –

Preface

Holy, Holy, Holy – Sung (see worship aid)

Eucharistic Prayer

(Memorial Acclamation)

(Doxology and Great Amen)

Prayer of Jesus – we respect the tradition of this prayer and add “Our Mother” because we believe that the Divine is not relegated to maleness.

Our Father, Our Mother

Deliver us…  We respect the traditional response.

“For the Kingdom/Kindom, the power and glory are yours…”

Breaking of the Bread – brief words are spoken to help us to focus on this act.

 Sung prayer while bread is broken:

In the Breaking of the Bread we knew you Christ Jesus, Alleluia – Alleluia

In the Breaking of the Bread we know you Christ Jesus, Alleluia – Alleluia

(second line repeated until bread is ready)

Response to the invitation to communion

Christ, you make us worthy to receive you and by your word we are healed

Sharing of Bread – Gluten free bread is distributed.- We wait for all to receive before we consume the bread.   As we hand bread to one another we say

This is and your are the Body of Christ

When all have received there is a brief prayer

Response: We are the Body of Christ

Share Wine – all are invited to share in the alcohol free wine.

Communion Song – sung

Prayer after Communion – Like the Opening Prayer, unique prayers are written for the day.

Announcements – community share upcoming events or any important items needed to be shared.

Blessing –

Dismissal – prayer

Response: Thanks be to God!

Closing Song – Sung

Faith sharing

After each of our Liturgies we set aside time, about an hour, when the group can discuss matters of concern regarding our faith, the Church, society, spirituality, etc. This deepens our spiritual connections and promotes individual and community growth.

Business

As any organized group, we have business to which we have to attend. Our Planning Meetings are held after Mass on the last Sunday of each month. All are welcome to participate, and all participate as equals. All have an opportunity to contribute ideas and opinions which lead to the success and health of the community as a whole. The community will be what the members want/need it to be in order to promote spiritual growth and health.