Sr. Virginia Garza, RSHM
Sr. Miriam Tiburcio, RSHM
323.887.8821. Ext. 215
Enter #273 at VocationMatch.com
Little Company of Mary Sisters
...before God; for others.
Sisters...Associates...Mary Potter’s Volunteers
only once every three years. There
are different prayers at each liturgy—
even the eucharistic Prayer has four
standard options, three more for
children, and two for reconciliation,
plus others for feasts and seasons.
The general intercessions are new
each week; there are options for the
penitential rite, and the music is not
the same from week to week.
Perhaps more important,
though, the Mass is different each
time because we are different. The
circumstances and events of our lives
during that particular week affect
our openness to the spirit, our needs
and desires, and our point of contact
with God’s grace, and that effect is
intensified over time.
imagine, for instance, the experience of liturgy for a 7-year-old
First eucharist candidate, a teenager
struggling to find his or her identity,
a young married couple with their
first child, a middle-aged man reflecting on his life’s accomplishments
and regrets, and an elderly woman
facing terminal illness. no matter
how often we celebrate Mass, we are
different people each time. That is
the beauty of good ritual. it maintains its power through time, even as
the people who celebrate it change.
sometimes people disengage from
Mass because liturgy isn’t done well
in their parish. That is because our
priests and other ministers are first
and foremost human beings. The
priest may not pray the prayers with
much sincerity. His homily may not
be inspiring or thought-provoking.
The cantor may be slightly off-key or
hard to hear clearly. The lector may