We worship at 9am and at 11:15am every Sunday morning. (We also worship on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm and on Sunday evening at 6:00pm.)
As we gather together as a community, we experience God’s grace. We hear that grace through the words of Sacred Scripture, and as the stories of the Bible are interpreted in light of current events and applied to daily living. We taste grace in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. We touch grace in the gestures of welcome from the people gathered together.
Our worship service is liturgical, which means it follows an established pattern. Don't worry if you don't know all of the prayers or responses – you'll catch on quickly because they'll be the same (or similar) every week! There are also Mass books, two large screens projecting words to hymns and many prayers and other tools that can help you learn all the responses. Hymn singing is accompanied by various instruments, and everyone is encouraged to join in the hymns. It has been said that when one sings, they pray twice!
Mass usually lasts just over an hour. The first part of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Word. We sit to listen to God's Word proclaimed from Scripture, and we stand for the final reading, which will be from one of the Gospels, our most sacred books. We sit for the homily and then stand for the Creed and the Prayers of the Faithful. That takes us to the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We sit again for the presentation of the gifts and then stand for most of the Eucharistic Prayer, kneeling as we hear about Jesus' great gift to us in the bread and wine that become his body and blood.
Children have a central place in our worship. Although nursery care is available, children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the service. During the 9:00am and 11:15am Mass (throughout the school year), we have a special celebration of the Liturgy of the Word for children, where young people from age four up to about age ten or twelve are taken to another room for a children's version of the Bible readings and some discussion. Usually once a month we have special child-centred Masses, with a homily prepared for children, and children serving in various ministries.
We have Communion every Sunday. Those who have been baptized and have prepared for and celebrated their First Communion are invited to the Table of the Lord. Those who are not yet able to take part are welcome to come forward for a blessing. Approaching the communion minister with your arms crossed will signify that you have come for a blessing.
Once a month, after the 9am Mass, families participating in our catechetics program (GIFT – Growing in Faith Together) young people from grade primary to grade 5 can take part in our catechetics program downstairs. Parents are welcome to stay for a cup of coffee. After the 11:15 Mass we catch up with each other during the parish coffee social.
When we gather together to celebrate the Mass, we know that we are the family of God. We are always happy to welcome you into our family of faith!