Why consider going to Mass?
We are made for worship. We are made for community. We are made for love - lived out in service to our families, our neighbors, and beyond. Mass nourishes us for all of life’s demands, and for the mission Jesus shares with us: Go out to all the world and proclaim the Good News of God’s love. Nationally known speaker, author and radio show host Jon Leonetti takes us through the signs, symbols and actions of Mass, reminding us of why we do what we do when we gather to worship God.
1 An Introduction to Catholic Worship
Is Catholic Mass just for those who have it all together? Hardly! In this first video of the “Why Mass?” series, we explore faith in Jesus and the value of Sunday Mass for our real lives, struggles and all.
Reflection: Are you looking for more in life?
2 Gathering as Community
In a world of live-streaming and busy schedules, why physically gather for church on Sunday? In this second video of the “Why Mass?” series, we discuss the value of coming together as community. And we look at how the symbols and rituals of Catholic Mass are meant to engage us in holistic worship.
Reflection: How do you experience Christianity as relational?
3 God Speaks to Us
God does speak to us, though it’s not always as direct as we would like. In this third video of the “Why Mass?” series, we look at the central place of Scripture in the Catholic Mass. And how hearing God’s Word (the Bible) together helps us discern what God is saying and how to apply it to our lives, personally and communally.
Reflection: How is God's Word both comfort and challenge for us?
4 Jesus is Our Bread of Life
In every Catholic church, the crucifix and altar point to the real gift Jesus offers us at Mass: Himself! In this fourth video of the “Why Mass?” series, we ponder the divine love revealed on the Cross and made available to us through the Last Supper. And how receiving such extraordinary love in the Eucharist can be transformative for ordinary us.
Reflection: How can we experience intimacy with God?
5 Bringing Jesus to Others
Who will bring the love of God into our world if not the Body of Christ, the Church? That means us! Mass means to be sent in Latin; it’s linked to mission. In this fifth video of the “Why Mass?” series, we unpack the implications of what it means to be Catholic-Christian disciples nourished and sent forth in the name of Jesus each week.
Reflection: Who can you bring the love of Jesus Christ to?
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