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You are asked to select for discussion two of the four Fundamental Questions during the synodal encounter. It is optional to select no more than two Auxiliary Questions depending on the special interest the group holding the encounter might have. Do not substitute or leave out the fundamental questions from the discussion.
1. FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS
|1.1.||What is your experience of the Sunday Mass celebration in your parish?|
|1.2.||The Church believes and teaches that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ. How does this understanding shape our life?|
|1.3.||How do you and your family make Sunday the most important day of the week?|
|1.4.||Having received the Eucharist, what can we do to become more fully a Eucharistic people sharing this nourishment and its graces with the marginalized?|
2. AUXILIARY QUESTIONS
The questions below are optional and can be incorporated in the discussion during a synodal encounter if time or pastoral interest allows.
|2.1.||What keeps me from being truly present to God at Mass?|
|2.2.||What are some ways I can be the presence of Christ to others?|
|2.3.||What does obligation to participate in Sunday and holy day Mass mean to me?|
|2.4.||How do I compare my experience of participating in Mass in person as compared to experiencing it online?|
|2.5.||Is the congregation fully, actively, and consciously participating in the liturgy? If not, what is preventing them from doing so?|
|2.6.||How do you experience liturgical music in your parish at Sunday Mass?|
|2.7.||What is your experience of the homily during Sunday Mass?|
|2.8.||How does the celebration of Sunday Mass in your parish promote and pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life?|
FOR FINAL CONSIDERATION AND REFLECTION…
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy tells us, at no. 7, that “To accomplish so great a work, Christ is always present in his Church, especially in its liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of his minister, ‘the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross,’ * but especially under the eucharistic elements. By his power he is present in the sacraments, so that when a man baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes.** He is present in his word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. He is present, lastly, when the Church prays and sings, for he promised: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ ” (Mt 18:20).
*Council of Trent, sess. 22, 17 Sept 1562, Doctrine on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, chap. 2.
**See Augustine, In Ioannis Evangelium Tractatus 6, chap. 1, n. 7.