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About the Mass


The Mass - Catholic Central


Why We Have to Attend Mass and Receive Communion in a State of Grace - Fr. Mike Schmitz


Motivation to Go to Catholic Mass - Fr. Mike Schmitz


When Mass Feels like Going Through the Motions - Fr. Mike Schmitz


Order of Mass


Introductory Rites

  • Entrance
  • Greeting
  • Penitential Act
  • Glory to God
  • Collect

Liturgy of the Word

  • First Reading
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Second Reading (on Sundays and solemnities)
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Gospel
  • Homily
  • Profession of Faith (on Sundays, solemnities, and special occasions)
  • Universal Prayer

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Presentation of the Gifts and Preparation of the Altar
  • Prayer over the Offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer
    •        Preface
    •        Holy, Holy, Holy
    •        First half of prayer, including Consecration
    •        Mystery of Faith
    •        Second half of prayer, ending with Doxology
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Lamb of God
  • Communion
  • Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites

  • Optional announcements
  • Greeting and Blessing
  • Dismissal

Another way of dividing a Mass is into its "ordinary" parts—those texts which, with some variations, are part of the Mass on a daily basis—and its "proper" parts—the texts of prayers and selection of Scripture readings proper to the specific feast, feria or other occasion being observed.

Additional Information on the Mass

USCCB document The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers



  • The Archdiocesan Synod implementation team which focuses on Evangelization and Sunday Mass and the Catholic Herald Family have combined to bring families with young children a six-part series about the Sunday Mass.
    The series is entitled “Whispers in the Pew” and is written by Grace Mazza Urbanski. 

  • Whispers in the Pew - 1
  • Whispers in the Pew - 2
  • Whispers in the Pew - 3