How neophytes learn to participate in the Mass

3 thoughts on “How neophytes learn to participate in the Mass”

  1. I spent one Mystagogy seasion talking to the Neophytes about what it is to live sacramentally. That we as Catholics make the Sacraments part of our experience in our life and that it becomes second nature to us. I suggested going to daily mass at least one other time per week if possibly to receive the abundant grances from our Lord and “get more into the swing of things”

  2. Vince, I was just going to suggest daily Mass for neophytes to learn the way to celebrate Mass as well. Yes the “progressive solemnity” isn’t there as much as a Sunday, but it gives more of an opportunity of when to stand, sit, when to respond and what to respond. The questions will always be there as you and I are always asking ourselves, why do we do the things we do?”

  3. Donna Kelsch

    We expect someone truly interested in becoming Catholic to attend Mass as often as possible. Once a formal request for instruction takes place, they would be expected to attend weekly if possible. It is usually the Eucharist which draws them to us. The time required depends on the individual, their history ( do they have Catholics somewhere in the family? ), their age, their level of education, etc.. Everything is geared to the needs of the individual as this call is entirely about responding to a call by Christ to a deeper relationship with him. Depending on the number of people, one on one time is always a part of our mentoring and teaching. One example I use is in a marriage the relationship grows and develops as time moves on, assuming one tries to more fully love the other. So it is in responding to Christ’s call to the Church and His call to greater intimacy with Himself through the Eucharist. We’ve had great results by using this approach. We don’t want scholars of Catholism but rather good people who try to live as Christ taught us.

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