The celebration of the Mass is the source and summit of the Catholic faith.
FALL MASS TIMES
SUNDAY MASS at Saint Patrick's Pro-Cathedral
10:45 AM (in Spanish)
sUNDAY Student mass
5 PM, NJIT B35
Monday - Friday, 12:15 PM at Saint Patrick's Pro-Cathedral (Chapel)
Saturday, 4 PM at Saint Patrick's Pro-Cathedral
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
- 7:30 PM at Saint Patrick's Pro-Cathedral (Bilingual)
I LIKE TO PLAY MUSIC. CAN I GET INVOLVED IN MUSIC MINISTRY ON SUNDAYS?
Heck yeah! We are always on the look-out for people who want to help! Just let us know and we will find a place for you!
WHAT IF I HAVEN'T BEEN TO MASS IN A WHILE?
Not much changed! We imagine that one of the things that you didn't like about the Mass growing up is that it was always the same thing… every time. It’s more or less the same.
But the good news is: you have. Our guess is that you have changed since you were younger. Because of that, our second guess is that the weight of the Mass is just right for you.
Seriously. The Mass is kind of a grown-up thing. What we mean is to say that you were probably bored by the Mass when you were younger in the same way that you may have been bored by anything "grown-up" when you were younger. (The same goes for things like classical music, Bugs Bunny, and TV "dramas"… when you were young, there weren’t too many things that were more boring, but now that you are older, you realize that those things can be pretty intense. Well… we don’t know if we would classify "Looney Toons" as "intense," but there are a ton of things there that we missed as kids…).
I'VE DONE SOME MESSED UP STUFF SINCE I LAST WENT TO MASS.
We think that one of the things that more folks get wrong about the Church is that it's for people who have never messed up in their life. We don't know where people got this idea, but Church is for everyone. If a person is in a really good place in their life… then Mass is a great place to praise and thank God (who made it all possible). If a person is just in a place where they are lower than they have ever been… then Mass is a great place for them to get some real help from a God who really loves them.
Some people don't realize how accessible God is. We think that we have to do something to make God pay attention to us.
But you might remember this thing that Jesus said. He said, "When you pray, don't be like the pagans who think that because of their many words they will be heard." He might as well have said, "Don't pray like those who think that because of their good actions/behavior/sinlessness they will be heard." Sometimes we think that is what God needs from us in order for Him to pay attention to us. But that just isn’t true. One of the reasons Jesus came to this earth was to let us know how absolutely "not true" this is.
He went on to say, "When you pray, say "Our Father, who art in heaven." Basically, what Jesus meant is that you have a Dad in Heaven who already loves you and is already paying attention to you.
We know, we know… when we are messing up, we don't like to think about the fact that God is already attentive to us.
But we have to take the bad with the good.
The fact is that God loves you. He doesn’t love the "never-messed-up-third-grade-you." He loves YOU. When you were that kid, we bet it was easier to believe that God loved you and was proud to be known as your Dad. But that becomes harder to believe when you've done messed up things.
But the fact of the matter is this: if you have messed up, there is no better place for you to be than at Mass.
God wants you. We want you. Believe us, you are wanted.
I'M BUSY WITH SCHOOL, BUT I WANT TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR MASS. WHAT'S AN EASY WAY TO DO THIS?
That's a super good question. First, read ahead. The bishops have the readings for Mass available every single day. That way, you can get a jump on which Scripture is going to be read on Sunday. If you don’t have a Bible of your own, please contact us!
Secondly, one of the best ways to get more out of Mass is to make some time to go to Confession at least once a month. You would be surprised to find out how much of a difference it makes to how your experience Mass (and even God in your daily life) when you build in the habit of getting to Confession once a month. You don’t have to go because you necessarily "feel bad" about something… you can go just because you know that you need to open yourself up in a deeper way to God’s love.
Third, get involved in our Bible Studies. While it is very important to be reading the Bible on your own, a person can really grow when they are able to get involved in a Bible Study group. You are always welcome to join!
I WENT TO A CHURCH WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND I BELIEVE IN GOD. BUT I'VE NEVER BEEN TO A CATHOLIC MASS. WHAT IS IT LIKE? WOULD IT BE WEIRD IF I JUST CAME TO CHECK IT OUT?
Not at all. Every week people just like you come to Mass. Honestly, if we had a nickel for every person who was coming to Mass for the first time each week… we would have a couple of nickels.
But honestly, there are new people every Sunday. The only way to not be new is to show up… and then come back. We are certain that you will know that you belong there.
WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW ANYONE AT MASS?
You probably didn't know anyone from campus when you first got here, but you still came. Because you knew that it was where you needed to be.
Even if you don't know anyone at Mass at first, even if you don't know the prayers or what to do or whatever, you really do belong here. There will be people there to welcome you and help you with whatever might be confusing right away. Believe us, you will realize that you belong very quickly.
(via Bulldog Catholic)