Catholic Education Week 2023: Elementary School Mass

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Join us in celebrating Catholic Education and reflecting on the gift of unity through the passage from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans. The mass will include prayers, readings, and a homily emphasizing the importance of communal harmony.


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Catholic Education Week 2023: Elementary School Mass

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  1. CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2023 Elementary School Mass

  2. Greeting and Welcome As we celebrate the gift of Catholic Education we reflect on the passage from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Romans 12: 5). With the complexities of our world and our communities today, we can stray from the peace that comes when we are in communion with each other. In our unity, we celebrate our diversity, all uniquely created by God. We read in Romans that if one member suffers, we all suffer. Unity brings us to peace and understanding. Let us celebrate our faith, giving thanks to God from whom all good things come. Please join in the opening hymn, We are Many, We are One

  3. Opening Hymn: We are Many, We are One

  4. GREETING In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen. The Lord be with you. R. And with your Spirit.

  5. OPENING PRAYER Lord our God, the eternal source of love, through the Holy Spirit you move human hearts so that we grow in peace and understanding. With faith, we ask you for the divine gift of unity. Give us the courage to overcome misunderstanding. Help us to enter into honest and respectful dialogue. Keep us from being indifferent. Soften our hearts. Open our ears. Help us to build bridges rather than walls. We ask this through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

  6. First Reading: Romans 12:3-11

  7. A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

  8. Romans 12:3-11 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the encourager, in encouragement; the giver, in sincerity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal; be ardent in spirit; serve the Lord. This is the Word of the Lord R: Thanks be to God.

  9. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 133 R. How good and how pleasant it is when people live together in unity. A song of King David. How good and how pleasant it is, when people live together as one! R. How good and how pleasant it is when people live together in unity.

  10. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 133 Like fine oil on the head, and running down upon the beard. Upon the beard of Aaron, upon the collar of his robe. R. How good and how pleasant it is when people live together in unity.

  11. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 133 Like rain coming down upon the mountains of Zion. There the LORD has given a blessing, for life evermore! R. How good and how pleasant it is when people live together in unity.

  12. GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, Alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. Alleluia.

  13. PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit. A reading from the Holy Gospel According to John. R. Glory to you, Lord

  14. GOSPEL: John 10:6-16

  15. GOSPEL: John 10:6-16 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.

  16. GOSPEL: John 10:6-16 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because the hired hand does not care for the sheep.

  17. GOSPEL: John 10:6-16 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. The Gospel of the Lord. R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

  18. HOMILY

  19. PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL Let us pray for the Church. That all the baptized come to greater unity and understanding. We pray R. Lord, hear our prayer. Let us pray for the world. That people everywhere will heed the call to peace written on every human heart. We pray R. Lord, hear our prayer.

  20. PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL Let us pray for those who suffer quietly in our communities of work and daily life. That they might encounter in us the love of Christ brought out through the celebrations of these most holy days. We pray R. Lord, hear our prayer. Let us pray for our school community, family members and friends. That they might experience the joy and peace of the risen Christ this Easter. We pray R. Lord, hear our prayer.

  21. PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL Let us pray for those we serve in our homes, schools and communities that they might receive what they need to grow and thrive as God s children. We pray R. Lord, hear our prayer. For our own intentions spoke in the quiet of our hearts . We pray R. Lord, hear our prayer. Let us gather all our prayers, spoken aloud and in the quiet of our hearts and unite them with one voice, using the words Jesus gave us:

  22. OFFERTORY HYMN: The Prayer of St. Francis

  23. PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS Priest: Pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

  24. PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS Priest: The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit. Priest: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to the Lord. Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. All: It is right and just.

  25. PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

  26. EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Priest: The mystery of faith. All: When we eat this Bread and drink This Cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.

  27. THE LORDS PRAYER Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

  28. COMMUNION Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

  29. Communion Hymn: 10,000 Reasons Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my Soul Worship His holy name, Sing like never before, O my soul I ll worship Your Holy name.

  30. CLOSING PRAYER Lord, as we face the joys, challenges and struggles of life, please remind us that we are not alone and we have the support of our family and community. We share all of these joys and challenges with those around us. We thank you for blessing us with your wisdom, courage, knowledge, and understanding. May your Grace continue to guide us so we can help each of our students reach their fullest potential. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  31. FINAL BLESSING The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit. May almighty God bless us, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. R. Amen. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

  32. CLOSING HYMN: We are Many, We are One

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