Recommended Reading // The Mass

At the end of every study, Heart of Mary Women's Fellowship will recommend additional resources. There may have been a particular topic or idea that we want to learn more about & we'll list the links, books, or resources that our HOMWF team have personally read & recommend!*

Do you have any recommendations? What was your favorite verse or post? Let us know! We want to know! And remember - our next study on THE MASS starts Monday!! Make sure you have subscribed to the blog so you don't miss any lessons!.

*Heart of Mary Women's Fellowship is not paid to promote or endorse the above books, links, or articles. All recommendations are made from personal reading that provided helpful insight. 


The Mass // How to Receive the Final Blessing & What To Do With It

The Final blessing. This is an exhortation to go and take the faith that we have just received with us into our daily lives. The priest gives us his blessing and every time we are blessed by a priest, this is like Christ himself blessing us. We are to go and spread the faith we just received to all whom we encounter and live it.

The Mass // How to Receive the Eucharist

This has to be my favorite parts of mass! I mean, of course right, we are about to receive our Lord and savior and be apart of heaven touching earth! How are we supposed to receive him? Should I run up excitedly to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Well no, besides the fact the people might think Im a little crazy, I want to be in a state where I know who it is I am receiving and what that means.

The Mass // How to Give the Sign of Peace

At every mass we hear these words of peace and in our modern American culture, take it as an opportunity to shake the hands of those around us, kiss our family members, give the two-fingered sign for peace, wave, hug the cute guy in the pew near us, etc. Though we appear to be an overly affectionate bunch, many times this opportunity of blessing is over looked and steamrolled by how many people we can come in contact with.

The Mass // How to Pray the Lord's Prayer

Many of us know The Lord’s Prayer, but just like The Creed, we should recite it with faith and full knowledge of what we are saying. Today, let’s meditate on the main themes in The Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer is shown both in the gospel of Matthew and Luke. Matthew has 7 main petitions while Luke has 5.

The Mass // How to Give Thanks to God in the Eucharistic Prayer

I was an alter server for many years. I learned a ton during that time and really attribute my desire and love for the mass to those very formative years. During those years, I not only became very efficient & precise at the job, but grew to know every word that was said and I knew everything that was being done and the names of everything as well. Though I knew all the words, I found that I wasnlistening to what was actually being said; which now realizing this, just breaks my heart some.

The Mass / The Liturgy of the Eucharist & How to Join in the Preparation of the Gifts

During this time of our seventh inning stretch, we are supposed to be preparing ourselves and our hearts for the breaking of the bread, the ultimate sacrifice. Just as the alter is prepared.

The Mass // How to Pray the Creed

Just like the pledge of allegiance, or the National Anthem, when we stand reciting The Creed, through our vocal cords and body language, we are showing that we believe in, stand for, and would defend what we are saying. That’s a big commitment. And one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Today, we encourage you

The Mass // How to Hear a Great Homily, Every Time!

No oneno individual and no communitycan proclaim the Gospel to himself: Faith comes from what is heard. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), # 875

This is a great way to see a homily. No matter how good or not so good we think a homily might be, we need to hear and listen to what the priest has to say.

The Mass // How to Listen to the Gospel

The climax of the Liturgy of the Word is the Gospel. This is where we hear of the encounters of Jesus Christ; of his life, his ministry, and his preaching. During this time we stand to show our honor and reverence towards the Gospel, could you imagine if you were slouched over with your head in your hands while the Word of the Lord was being proclaimed?

The Mass // How to Respond to the Responsorial Psalm

During the Liturgy of the Word, there are two readings and a psalm sandwiched in-between and the Gospel. The responsorial Psalm is usually either sung or read by a lector. Before the Responsorial Psalm, there is a period of silence that is placed right before we hear the psalm. It's a factored-in pause so that we can

The Mass // How to Listen to the 1st & 2nd Reading

Jeremiah 26: 1-7; Proverbs 8: 32-34; THE MASS PDF Link

During the Liturgy of the Word, we listen to two readings, the responsorial psalm and the Gospel. During those two readings we hear stories about biblical characters and about different times, we hear stories about Jesus and miracles and things that He did. 

We need to remember that this is where we are called to truly listen, these are examples that are being given of how we are called to live our lives. I am a teacher and everyday I teach a lesson, give a few examples and then have the kids do it on their own. Instead of making us learn a lesson from mistakes we can and will make, God is giving us the directions and examples so that we can learn from those that came before us.

We are given two readings because the first comes from the Old Testament which, stated in the studies before, is the covenant between Abraham and God; and the covenant that was made for our salvation that we are to keep as well. When we hear these reading from the Old Testament it is a reminder to us of the pact that we are keeping with God, it is a reminder of what was coming in the New Testament and what was happening for our Salvation.

The Second reading comes from the New Testament which we know fulfills the Old Testament. This is where we see a lot of the stories of Jesus and his works, and this is where we find the Gospels as well. The New Testament offer us reflections of the life and message of Christ.

But, this is where we need to check and ensure that we are living up to the covenant that was established for us and our Salvation. We need to see every Sunday as an accountability partner, a way of making sure we live up to the expectations that God has for us. One of the best ways to understand the readings and get the most out of the readings is to listen. Listening is one of the hardest things to do because while we are trying to listen  we are trying to think of ten million other things. But that's why the missals are provided in the pews so that we can read the readings before mass in order to better listen to what is being said during each reading. We are to listen to those readings as if Christ is the one standing in the pulpit proclaiming them. After all it is God who is speaking through the Lector at that time. 

Download our HOMWF "Books of the Bible" PDF for your Mass Journal! It's a great reference of all the books of the bible, in their order, & type of book too. Click the image to open or find it on our Downloads & Resources page. 

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The Mass // How to Understand the Liturgy of the Word

Mass is broken up into two parts. The first part of mass is the Liturgy of the Word and the second part of mass is the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We are fed in two ways at mass. The Liturgy of the Word spiritually feeds us and teaches us about the ways of God

The Mass // How to Sing the Gloria

Glory to God in the highest! This is an exclamation! These words are being sung to the creator of the universe constantly in heaven! Think about that for a second, Choirs of the most beautiful voices singing praise to our God, to our creator of all things! He is being praised in heaven.

The Mass // How to Celebrate the Penitential Rite

As we will discover together, the Mass is like climbing a mountain. This “mountain experience” gets higher and higher, better and better, as we progress through this prayer time together. The Penitential Rite is just the next high we have during Mass.

The Mass // How to Celebrate the Opening Rites

Everything up onto this point as been an individual act: we enter the Church, we’ve blessed ourselves, we’ve entered the pews, maybe said a prayer to two. And then begins the opening rites: music begins and we sheepishly sing along in community as the procession of the servers and priest of the Mass enter in. Christ becomes present for the first time, through the procession of the Word. Christ is the Word, and just like on the Road to Emmaus, he presents Himself to us at each Mass. He is present with us! Do we recognize Him?

The Mass // How to Enter the Church

When we walk into a church on Saturday night or Sunday, preparing to enter for mass, it isn’t like when you enter the mall or a restaurant; music blaring, people talking loudly and walking fast eagerly trying to get from one store to another.

The Mass // How to Get Something Out of the Mass

“We must consider how to rouse one another to love & good works. We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another”

Have you ever argued with your family about not wanting to go to Mass? “But I don’t want to go! It’s boring! I don’t get anything out of it.” If these were our very words or maybe the unspoken feelings of our heart – they are a relatable statement to all of us.  Do we find Mass boring?