“Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.”
Attending Mass is an important part of the Catholic faith to set aside time for worship, reflection, and communal prayer. The Mass is considered the source and summit of the Catholic faith. It provides an opportunity for Catholics to receive the Eucharist and acknowledge the true presence of Jesus Christ. Regular participation in Mass allows individuals to receive spiritual nourishment and draw closer to God. We need Church, even in the summer!
The Catholic Mass is not only a personal act of worship but also a communal gathering. It provides an opportunity to connect with fellow believers, strengthen relationships, and build a sense of community. Attending Mass regularly, including during the summer, allows Catholics to maintain these connections and grow together in faith. Partner with Christ to help others build the kingdom of God. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." (Matthew 18:20)
While on vacation this summer, as you check out the “must-see” sights of the area you are visiting, check out the local church – step in for a silent prayer or attend a mass there. It’s a great way to experience how God is at work in other communities. Bring home a bulletin and perhaps some fresh ideas of ministries at work serving God’s people there. You can find Mass times anywhere by going to: http://bit.ly/3Q1wxX9.
Also, remember to support your Church this summer; most parishes have online giving. If you haven’t signed up yet at your parish, now’s a great time to do it.
It's important to remember that attending Mass is not just an obligation but also an opportunity for spiritual growth, worship, and community. Each individual's commitment to their faith may differ, but regular attendance at Mass is encouraged as a fundamental aspect of the Catholic faith. Vacations are a good time to be with people we love and value most and certainly God should be a part of that!