Liturgical Information

Sacramental Opportunities

Daily Mass

A daily mass is offered each weekday school morning (except Wednesdays and Holy Days) at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Gorman campus. Students, parents, guardians and parishioners are all welcome to this mass, usually celebrated by Gorman Chaplain Bishop Carmody.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The sacrament of Reconciliation is available to all Gorman students each week during the school mass, usually celebrated at 9:45 a.m. each Wednesday morning. The Sacrament is also available after each weekday 7:30 a.m. morning mass or by appointment with Father Braun.

Weekly Mass

Gorman celebrates its weekly school liturgy at 9:45 a.m. each Wednesday of the school year in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. Parents, guardians and parishioners are welcome to this mass.

Liturgical Information

The celebration of the Mass, as the action of Christ and the People of God arrayed hierarchically, is the center of the whole Christian life for the Church both universal and local, as well as for each of the faithful individually. In it is found the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ and of the worship that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him through Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit. In it, moreover, during the course of the year, the mysteries of redemption are recalled so as in some way to be made present. Furthermore, the other sacred actions and all the activities of the Christian life are bound up with it, flow from it, and are ordered to it (GIRM #16).

"Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in The breaking of the bread."  (Luke 24:35)


The Importance and Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration

The celebration of the Mass, as the action of Christ and the People of God arrayed hierarchically, is the center of the whole Christian life for the Church both universal and local, as well as for each of the faithful individually. In it is found the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ and of the worship that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him through Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit. In it, moreover, during the course of the year, the mysteries of redemption are recalled so as in some way to be made present. Furthermore, the other sacred actions and all the activities of the Christian life are bound up with it, flow from it, and are ordered to it (GIRM #16).

At Bishop Thomas K. Gorman middle and high schools we plan the entire liturgical celebration "in such a way that it leads to a conscious, active and full participation of the students and faculty both in body and in mind, a participation burning with faith, hope and charity of the sort which is desired by the church and demanded by the very nature of the celebration, and to which the Christian people have a right and duty by reason of their Baptism" (GIRM #18).

The Structure of the Mass and Its Elements

The Mass is made up of two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. Both parts are intimately connected that they become one single act of worship. In the Mass both the Table of God's Word and of Christ's body is prepared, from which all of us will be instructed and refreshed and be able to live a life of holiness.

The Different Elements of the Mass:

  • Reading and Explaining the Word of God: When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, all must listen with reverence to the readings from God's word, for they make up an element of greatest importance in the Liturgy. A fuller understanding and a greater effectiveness of the word is fostered by a living commentary on the word, that is, the homily, as part of the liturgical action.
  • The Prayers and Other Parts Pertaining to the Priest: Among the parts assigned to the priest, the foremost is the Eucharistic Prayer, which is the high point of the entire celebration. Next are the orations: that is to say, the collect, the prayer over the offerings, and the prayer after communion.
  • The Importance of Singing: The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart's joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine rightly says, "Singing is for one who loves." There is also the ancient proverb: "One who sings well prays twice (GIRM #39).

Guidelines for Worship at Mass

(Excerpts taken from the GIRM #42-45)

Movements and Posture:

The gestures and posture of the priest, the deacon, and the ministers, as well as those of the people, ought to contribute to making the entire celebration resplendent with beauty and noble simplicity, so that the true and full meaning of the different parts of the celebration is evident and that the participation of all is fostered...A common posture, to be observed by all participants, is a sign of the unity of the members of the Christian community gathered for the sacred Liturgy (GIRM #42).

The faithful should stand for:

  • The beginning of the Entrance chant, or while the priest approaches the altar, until the end of the collect (opening prayer);
  • The alleluia chant before the Gospel;
  •  While the Gospel itself is proclaimed;
  • During the Profession of Faith and Prayer of the Faithful
  • From the invitation, Orate, Fratres ( Pray, brethren ), before the prayer over the offerings until the end of Mass, except at the places indicated below.

The faithful should sit during:

  • The readings before the Gospel and the responsorial Psalm are proclaimed;
  • The Homily;
  • The preparation of the gifts at the Offertory;
  • And, as circumstances allow, they may sit or kneel while the period of sacred silence after Communion is observed.

The faithful should kneel during:

  • Kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy) until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer; Except when prevented on occasions by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason;
  • Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration;
  • The faithful kneel after the Agnus Dei unless the diocesan Bishop determines otherwise

The faithful should be silent:

(GIRM #43)

  • Before the celebration of the Mass.
  • When the priest invites us to take part in the Act of Penitence.
  • Before the collect (opening prayer) a brief silence must be observed.
  • During the proclamation of the Sacred Scriptures.
  • After the homily a brief period of silence is appropriately observed.
  • During the Eucharistic Prayer because it demands that all listen to it with reverence and in silence.

Further Information

All the information presented here has been taken from the GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal).

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