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"Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness."
1 Chronicles 16: 29
Catholics worship the one true God : Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who has revealed
himself to us through words and deeds in Sacred Scripture and in the living Tradition
of the Church.
"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Deuteronomy 6:4-5
We can know by reason that God exists and God, who created us to know and love him
reveals himself to us. In the Old Testament God, revealed himself by creating the world
out of love and remaining faithful to men even when they disobeyed him and turned away from him. God shows us in Jesus Christ the full depth of his merciful love by coming to earth and becoming human. By living as Jesus taught us and meditating on the gospels we come to know who God is and what is necessary for our salvation. Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to help us understand God more and grow ever closer to him.
To learn more about God revealing himself to us and our response to him, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Faith is man's response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man, at the same time bringing man a superabundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life. Thus we shall consider first that search (Chapter One), then the divine Revelation by which God comes to meet man (Chapter Two), and finally the response of faith (Chapter Three)." (CCC # 26)
"Now this is the Catholic faith: We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son's is another, the Holy Spirit's another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty co-eternal" (Athanasian Creed). (CCC # 266)
Click here to learn more about the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Who do we worship?
Becoming Like Who We Worship
Fr. Billy Swan explores how worship of the God who is family, who is love, who is beauty and truth, leads us to become people of family, people of love, people of beauty, and people of truth.
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Do Catholics worship Mary Mother of God?
Do Catholics worship Mary, the Mother of God with the Hail Mary? This video with Catholic speaker Ken Yasinski reflects on what Catholics mean by "praying to Mary".
Do Catholics worship saints?
Father Mike Schmitz wants to address some confusion regarding Catholics’ veneration of saints. In this video, he explains how—far from idolatry or paganism —statues, paintings, and icons of the saints are reminders of what God can do in someone’s life. Therefore, honoring the saints doesn’t take away from the glory we give God. It actually brings him greater glory.
What is worship?
"Worship is the expression of love and devotion to God. This comes from our recognition that He has given us love and blessing and we in turn are profoundly grateful to Him.
In the Bible we read that the blind man after being asked if he believed said; “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.” (John 9:38).
When we worship we acknowledge that God has done something for us and as a result we are grateful." article posted by Bishop Peter Stasiuk | 2013, Apr 30
“When we do not worship God, we end up worshiping ourselves,” Pope Francis said Jan. 6, 2020 in St. Peter’s Basilica. "Worship means putting the Lord at the center, not ourselves. It means giving things their rightful place, and giving the first place to God. Worship means making God’s plan more important than our personal time, our entitlements and our spaces.”
Personal prayer is a form of private worship. Catholics are encouraged to engage in private worship of God every day individually and as couples, as families or in groups. "The Church invites the faithful to regular prayer: daily prayers, the Liturgy of the Hours, Sunday Eucharist, the feasts of the liturgical year." (CCC # 2720) In fact the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that "prayer is a vital necessity." (CCC # 2744)
Private worship, or prayer, can take many forms which are covered further on the Prayer & Devotions page.
However, private worship is not sufficient. Personal Christian prayer begins and ends in the Sunday liturgy. If flows throughout our whole week and becomes purified, expands and is strengthened as it again joins the prayer of the whole Church. "Worship is integral to our lives as Christians. When we engage in the prayer and ritual of the Church, we are formed as Church." from Catholic Online - Sacraments of the Catholic Church
"In the sacramental liturgy of the Church, the mission of Christ and of the Holy Spirit proclaims, makes present, and communicates the mystery of salvation, which is continued in the heart that prays. The spiritual writers sometimes compare the heart to an altar. Prayer internalizes and assimilates the liturgy during and after its celebration. Even when it is lived out "in secret," (Matthew 6:6) prayer is always prayer of the Church; it is a communion with the Holy Trinity. CCC # 2655
Christians have long understood that living a Christian life is not a private matter. We are called to journey together as Christians. While we should engage in the private worship of God throughout the week, our primary form of worship is public and communal, in the participation of Sunday Mass.
The difference between prayer, worship and Liturgy
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This article describes the notions and characteristics of worship including the degrees of worship recognized in the Church as well as distinguishing interior worship from exterior worship. It also discusses the beginnings of Christian worship and the Jewish and pagan influences on it.
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Where do we worship?
God can be worshiped anywhere, "The worship "in Spirit and in truth" (John 4:24) of the
New Covenant is not tied exclusively to any one place. The whole earth is sacred and
entrusted to the children of men." CCC # 1179
However, the church building where Christ is made present in body, blood, soul and
divinity, where the Body of Christ celebrates in unity and where the Church family gathers
has a particular significance in the lives of the faithful.
"To enter into the house of God, we must cross a threshold, which symbolizes passing from the world wounded by sin to the world of the new Life to which all men are called. the visible church is a symbol of the Father's house toward which the People of God is journeying and where the Father "will wipe every tear from their eyes." Also for this reason, the Church is the house of all God's children, open and welcoming." CCC # 1186
"Having a special place to celebrate the Liturgy adds dignity and clarity to the sacredness of the celebration. We do not simply use an ordinary space, since it is no ordinary action. Furthermore, the entire church is set up to signify the Body of Christ, both body and head. The gathering people are His body, and the priest acts in the person of Christ the Head." from My Catholic Worship!
"The church, the house of God, is the proper place for the liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The choice of a favorable place is not a matter of indifference for true prayer.
- For personal prayer, this can be a "prayer corner" with the Sacred Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our Father. In a Christian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer in common.
- In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these communities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of the Hours and to provide necessary solitude for more intense personal prayer.
- Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer "in Church." CCC # 2691
Inside Our Sacred Space
Here is an overview of some of the sacred areas, objects and surroundings inside our Catholic churches.
Discover Our Parish
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When do we worship?
"Worship is prayer. It’s true prayer. But it’s not only a prayer we offer at church or at a
specific prayer time. Rather, we are called to worship God 24/7 in all that we do and all
that we are. We cannot set specific times of worship and times when we do not worship.
It’s a calling to constantly be in God’s presence surrendering all to Him.
With that said, it’s also important to point out that each of us needs time, each and every
day, and especially on Sunday, set aside ONLY for direct worship of God. Yes, we must
strive to continually live in His presence responding to His will each and every moment,
but to do that well we need time when that’s all we do. We need time to silence all other activities of life and give all our attention to the direct love and worship of our God. If we do that well, we will more easily be able to bring God’s presence into our daily lives." from My Catholic Worship! (Introduction)
"Sunday, the "Lord's Day," is the principal day for the celebration of the Eucharist because it is the day of the Resurrection. It is the pre-eminent day of the liturgical assembly, the day of the Christian family, and the day of joy and rest from work. Sunday is "the foundation and kernel of the whole liturgical year". CCC # 1193
"The Church, "in the course of the year, . . . unfolds the whole mystery of Christ from his Incarnation and Nativity through his Ascension, to Pentecost and the expectation of the blessed hope of the coming of the Lord". CCC # 1194 "We begin with Advent, focusing on the Incarnation and birth of Christ at Christmas. We celebrate the suffering and death of Christ in Lent. And we rejoice in His Resurrection at Easter. Ordinary time is an opportunity to enter into the daily life of Christ, His teachings and His ministry." from My Catholic Worship!
"By keeping the memorials of the saints - first of all the holy Mother of God, then the apostles, the martyrs, and other saints - on fixed days of the liturgical year, the Church on earth shows that she is united with the liturgy of heaven. She gives glory to Christ for having accomplished his salvation in his glorified members; their example encourages her on her way to the Father." CCC # 1195
Why We Worship on Sunday
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Why do we worship?
"We worship God because he exists and because reverence and worship are the
appropriate response to his revelation and his presence. “You shall worship the Lord
your God and him only shall you serve” (Matthew 4:10). Worshiping God, however, is also
beneficial to men, for it frees them from servitude to the powers of this world. When God
is no longer worshiped and when he is no longer thought to be Lord over life and death,
others assume that position and put human dignity at risk." YouCat # 353
We worship God because he is worthy. “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive
glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed,
and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
"Adoring God, praying to him, offering him the worship that belongs to him, fulfilling the promises and vows made to him are acts of the virtue of religion which fall under obedience to the first commandment." CCC # 2135
"To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. "You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve," says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy 6:13" (see Luke 4:8) CCC # 2096
"To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the "nothingness of the creature" who would not exist but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is his name. The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world." CCC # 2097
In other words, "because the Almighty has revealed himself to us as our God and Lord, we must not place anything above him or consider anything more important or give any other thing or person priority over him. To know God and to serve and worship him has absolute priority in our life. God expects us to give him our full faith; we should place all our hope in him and direct all the strength of our love toward him." YouCat # 352
"Love of God must be lived on many levels and in many ways and must continually grow deeper. Ultimately, love of God calls us to be a total gift of ourselves to God, making Him the center of our lives." from My Catholic Morals! (ch. 3)
Why is worship important?
Sarah Burrows from One Hope Project gives five reasons why worship is an essential part of Christian living.
In this audio / video series,
Dr. Brant Pitre takes you on a scriptural tour of the topic of Catholic worship.
How do we worship?
"The public worship of the Roman Catholic church is its liturgy, principally the Eucharist, which is also called the Mass. ... The worship of the church is expressed as well in the rites of baptism, confirmation, weddings, ordinations, penitential rites, burial rites or funerals, and the singing of the Divine Office. A distinguishing mark of Catholic worship is prayer for the dead." from article How Catholics Worship - Liturgy and the Sacraments
"Lex orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi - How we worship reflects what we believe and determines how we will live. ... The Catholic Church has long understood that part of her role as mother and teacher is to watch over worship, for the sake of the faithful and in obedience to the God whom she serves. How we worship not only reveals and guards what we believe but guides us in how we live our Christian faith and fulfill our Christian mission in the world. ... Worship informs and transforms both the person and the faith community which participates in it. There is a certain reciprocity between worship and life." from article The Holy Mass: Liturgy as Encounter with the Worship of Heaven
"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, well-pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." Romans 12:1
"It is important to remember that we understand prayer through our celebration of the Sacraments and in the Liturgy of the Hours. The word liturgy comes from a Greek term meaning "public work or work done on behalf of the people."
A work, then, done by an individual or a group was a liturgy on behalf of the larger community. All the worshipers are expected to participate actively in each liturgy, for this is holy "work," not entertainment or a spectator event. Every liturgical celebration is an action of Christ the High Priest and of his Mystical Body, which is the Church. It therefore requires the participation of the People of God in the work of God.
Liturgy is centered on the Holy Trinity. At every liturgy the action of worship is directed to the Father, from whom all blessings come, through the Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit. We praise the Father who first called us to be his people by sending us his Son as our Redeemer and giving us the Holy Spirit so that we can continue to gather, to remember what God has done for us, and to share in the blessings of salvation." from USCCB article on Prayer & Worship
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4: 24
In Spirit and Truth
A reflection on the scripture story of the woman at the well.
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What does it mean to worship the Lord in spirit and truth?
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Becoming Fit for Worship
by Bishop Barron
Join us in worship
We would love to have you join us for worship!
Here are some of the worship activities that take place in our parish regularly:
Sunday masses - see details
Weekday masses - see details
The sacrament of Penance - see details
Praying the rosary (1/2 hour prior to each weekday mass)
Fan Into Flame prayer group (Monday evenings) - see details
Faith Sharing (Thursday mornings after Mass) - see details
Sacrament of the anointing of the sick - see details
Eucharistic adoration (on first Fridays of every month) - see details
Praying the stations of the cross (every Friday during Lent)
You are also welcome to come into the church for personal prayer during office hours - see details
Most of the above texts were taken from these books:
The official Catechism of the Catholic Church which can be found on the Vatican website.
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Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
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My Catholic Life! series in three volumes faithfully summarizes the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in a personal, clear and understandable way. The books are free to read online here.