One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditaion on the Mystery of the Mass
by Paula Huston
August 18, 25, September 1 & 8
10:00am-11:30am in Classroom A1 or Individually or in Small Groups
Led by Anthony Arteaga, MA & Eileen Limberg, MA
Join us on a new endeavor: a parish-wide book study. Individuals and small faith groups are invited to read
One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass by Paula Huston. Ms. Huston gives us a moment-by-moment record of her experience at Mass on the 14
th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
She shares personal and spiritual reflections on what happened at the Mass that weekend, and invites our reflections. Discussion questions will be on the parish website (listed below) and posted on Facebook. If you are interested in sharing with a group at church, join us on Thursday mornings at 10:00am in Classroom A1, August 18-September 8. Please sign-up to attend the parish small group.
Books are available for sale in the parish office for $15.00.
Suggested Division of Chapters:
Week 1: Preface, Introduction to “The Story,” Gathering, and Preparing
Week 2: Remembering, Responding, Reconnecting, Resurrecting, Listening, Declaring, and Interceding
Week 3: Introduction to “The Sacrament,” Offering, Praising, Kneeling, and Assenting
Week 4: Praying, Communing, Going Forth, and Epilogue
1. The author, in the preface, explains how she was “riveted” by what she experienced at Mass. (xvi) What stirs you at Mass, both in an intellectual sense and a spiritual sense?
2. Kairos moments (xxi) How have you experienced "Kairos time" at the Mass? Are there other moments in your life when you have experienced it?
3. How do you feel the church has benefited from increased lay involvement in the Mass since Vatican II? (14) Do you think that there is room to grow in this regard? How? Or perhaps do you feel the church has gone too far? How so?
4. What was your reaction to the author’s exploration of the “woman question?” (18) Do you agree with her arguments? If so, what do you feel are her strongest points? If you disagree, why?
5. Did you learn anything new from the author’s exploration and explanation of the Confiteor, the Kyrie, the Gloria, and the Collect? How will what you learned change how you approach these “Introductory Rites?”
1. In the author’s examination of Christians as “People of the Book,” she explains how Catholics interpret the parts of the Old and New Testament. What did you find interesting about this? Did you learn something knew? Is this how you interpret the scriptures?
2. What did you learn about the Liturgy of the Word as a whole? Anything new or anything clarified?
3. Think about the author’s examination of the differences between a Homily and a Sermon? Do you agree? Do you see a difference? Is your experience the same of what she explains a Homily is supposed to consist of or do you experience something different?
4. The author gives a great historical overview of the two creeds. She then answers some personal questions. Do you understand all that is in the creeds? Do you believe it all? What struggles, if any, do you have in how you understand and/or believe what is written in these two creeds?
1. The author speaks of modern day’s society’s loss of a sense of mystery. Do you agree? Do you find a sense of mystery in the Mass? How so or why not?
2. Think about the few lines the author devotes to discussing Catholic music since Vatican II. What are your thoughts about the state of Catholic music today? Do you agree or disagree with some of the struggles and critiques that she mentions have arisen regarding music in Catholic liturgy since Vatican II?
3. We spend a considerable amount of time with the author walking us through the Eucharistic Prayer and its parts. What did you learn that you didn’t know or realize before? Did you know about the different options for the prayers? Do you notice a difference between the different versions of the prayers when they are used? Do you have one that you prefer over than the others? Why? What do you think and understand about the Holy Spirit’s role in the consecration? What about the section about the Mystical Body of Christ? Do you understand Transubstantiation? How would you describe it to your friends? Do you have any difficulties understanding this? Any other personal revelations from this exploration of the Eucharistic Prayer?
1. What are your thoughts on holding hands during the “Our Father?” What else struck you about the author’s examination of that prayer or touches you personally?
2. The author spends some time on two significant language changes since the new translation of the Mass was instituted in 2011: “Lord, I am not worthy for you to enter under my roof” and “for many” during the Eucharistic Prayer. Do you have any other thoughts on these new translations? Can you think of any other parts of the new translation that you particularly like or dislike? Why?
3. Do you think that our community takes the sign of peace seriously? Do you? What about this action of the Mass do you like or dislike? Why?
4. What did you think about the epilogue of this book?