Why should I go to Mass? The word “Eucharist” means “to give thanks”. We come to Mass to give thanks to God for the many blessings that He’s given us. We come to Mass to give God the worship that He deserves. Through the Eucharist, God gives us the spiritual nourishment that we need to live holy lives. It is the Third Commanments that calls for us to keep the sabbath day holy. Your Mass schedule says that some Masses are “Tridentine”? What does that mean? In the Roman Rite, there are two forms of the Mass. There is the Ordinary Form (the Mass of Paul VI given to the Church at the
Second Vatican Council). This is the form of the Mass that is most common in Catholic Churches everywhere and is usually offered in English There is also the Extraordinary Form (the Mass of Pius V given to the Church at the Council of Trent, hence the name “Tridentine”). This Mass is offered in Latin. Both forms of Mass are legitimate, which is why they are both offered here at St. Edward. If you’ve never attended Mass in the Extraordinary Form, you are encouraged to check it out. There are resources available to assist you.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. As Catholics, the Eucharist forms the center of our lives. Here at St. Edward on the Lake, the Eucharist forms the center of our parish and our school. As Catholics, we believe with all our hearts that the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. We encourage you to join us in our celebration of the Eucharist every Sunday as we give God the worship that He deserves, thank Him for the blessings that He has given to us, and receive the spiritual nourishment that we need to live holy lives and become saints. If your child needs to receive his/her First Communion, please contact the Director of Religious Education.