Parish Resources

Walk Through the Mass
  • Walk Through the Mass is an interactive, inter-generational experience designed to bring people of all ages to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Mass. Through the use of this script parish leaders will guide participants through gestures, prayers and music of the Mass while offering explanations of "why we do what we do" at Mass. The accompanying Walk Through the Mass Handout may be reproduced, allowing participants to follow along through all parts of the Mass.
    Information | Handout
  • Walk Through the Mass in the Catholic New WorldEditor’s note: The following is the first part of “Walk Through the Mass,” a resource developed for the archdiocese’s Year of Sunday Mass to help the faithful better understand the meaning behind the celebration of the Eucharist each week. This week we will focus upon the first half of Mass and cover the second part in the next issue of the Catholic New World.
Reflections for Parishes
  • Blessed are the Peacemakers - The Eucharist is a sacrifice, a community meal, and a call to imitate Jesus by challenging violence and injustice. Catholics For Nonviolence invites Parish Staffs and small groups within a parish to participate in this prayerful reflection on Gospel Nonviolence and the Mass to promote nonviolence at every level of the life.
  • Connecting the Mysteries: A Reflection of the Body of Christ
    by Fr. Lou Cameli, December, 2012.
  • Circles of Witness for Teens - This reflection for teens can be used in a youth ministry setting or high school religion session to guide young people in articulating the importance of Sunday Mass in their lives.
Background Information
  • Blessing for Liturgical Ministers and the Ministers of Care - Corpus Christi: June 2, 2013
    On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Parishes may want to offer a special blessing to those whose ministry in the parish is Eucharistic, such as the Ministers of Communion and the Ministers of Care and others. The blessing reflects the vibrancy of a parish and its commitment to celebrate the Mass well and extend the great sacrament of the Eucharist to as many as possible.
  • Background Notes for Homilists - Corpus Christi: June 2, 2013
    The feast of Corpus Christi is a very appropriate moment to highlight awareness of what Sunday Mass means. Notes for Homilists are written the Year of Sunday Mass in mind.
    Background Notes
  • Draw Near Video Guide to the Catholic Mass - Draw Near began as a response to requests from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, priests, parish ministers and people in the pew for a simple and practical way to understand and explain the Mass. The Draw Near video, explores the structure of the Mass overall, its particular parts and their meaning. The video utilizes the ritual as people experience it to foster deeper understanding and appreciation and reflects the Archdiocese of Chicago and the many communities of faith where the Eucharist is celebrated.
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    Reflection and Study Guide: English | Spanish
  • Scripture and the Mass - Chicago Catholic Scripture School presents a one-day seminar to explore the connections between Scripture and Liturgy on Saturday, January 26, 2013 9:00-3:00pm at St. Domitilla Church
  • Biblical Roots of the Mass - This online series is an in-depth study for adults who want to learn how our modern celebration of the Mass is connected to scripture. The first session of the 9-part series is posted on October 1 with the following sessions posted every other week. The course is free and available through
  • Introduction to the Year of Sunday Mass - Questions and Answers about the Year of Sunday Mass prepared by
    Father Louis J. Cameli.
  • Circles of Witness - A parish staff reflection process based on the book, Bread of Life, Exploring the Presence of Eucharist in Our Lives by Nancy Polacek and Fr. Louis J. Cameli
    English | Spanish
  • Adult Faith Formation Series: Dies Domini - Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy
    This 6-week series for adults based on the 1998 Apostolic Letter of John Paul II, Dies Domini, can be used with Parish Staffs, Parish Councils, Liturgical Ministers, Scripture Study Groups, Teachers and Catechists.
    Dies Domini Study Guide: English | Spanish
    Dies Domini Apostolic Letter
  • Msgr. John Canary puts the Strategic Pastoral Plan in perspective in a Catholic New World article
  • Year of Sunday Mass begins in parishes July 1 - Second phase of strategic pastoral plan to deepen eucharistic fervor by Joyce Duriga
  • Know the Mass - A Resource for Catechists, Teachers and Youth Ministers
    The Year of Sunday Mass can come alive in the classroom and in Youth Ministry programs through short articles called Know the Mass, One Word at a Time.
  • Know the Mass - A Resource for RCIA and Adult Formation
    Download the suggested ways that 52 words can help adults and especially RCIA candidates better understand Sunday Mass.
  • Additional resources during the Year of Sunday Mass are available on the website of the Office for Divine Worship -

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