Every Sunday, from 10:15AM to 11:15AM, an event is scheduled for spiritual enrichment, religious education or community building. A different event is held each Sunday and the schedule is published. Light refreshments are always available.
The invitation of Rediscovering Sunday Morning at St. Malachi is to invite everyone to “open our time to Christ” a little more fully each week, remaining for a time after Mass or coming earlier before Mass, so that we may be enriched and thus enabled to enrich others from the fruits of what we have received. The opportunities for coming together, for learning, for sharing, for communion can strengthen us to be able to “live the demands of faith to the full” in the realities of daily life, enabling us to better “respond concretely to the deepest human yearnings” so that “our whole life may become more profoundly human.”
Rediscovering Sunday Morning at St. Malachi is an effort to encourage our whole parish to think in terms of “the Lord’s Day” and to renew our spirits both through the celebration of the Eucharist and coming together as a community of faith-filled people. As Pope John Paul wrote in The Day of the Lord:
Sharing in the Eucharist is the heart of Sunday, but the duty to keep Sunday holy cannot be reduced to this. In fact, the Lord’s Day is lived well if it is marked from beginning to end by grateful and active remembrance of God’s saving work. This commits each of Christ’s disciples to shape the other moments of the day — those outside the liturgical context: family life, social relationships, moments of relaxation — in such a way that the peace and joy of the Risen Lord will emerge in the ordinary events of life. For example, the relaxed gathering of parents and children can be an opportunity not only to listen to one another but also to share a few formative and more reflective moments. (#52)
Pope John Paul II’s comment about “shaping the other moments of the day” is why we have created this time between the two Sunday Masses for our people to gather “outside the liturgical context.” The hope is that we can gather in such a way that “the peace and joy of the Risen Lord will emerge” especially by the chance to “listen to one another” and also share a few formative and more reflective moments” in the various programs and opportunities that are offered each Sunday.
Please see Fr. Tony’s Blog for a more thorough reflection on the spiritual opportunities to rediscover Sunday morning.