Father Jan and Deacon Brent have put together a short reflection using some of the prayers and readings from this week. You can view the video by clicking: http://sacredheart-stbridget.com/vlog/20200322_sh-sb_lent-04.webm
Each Sunday, Father will be offering his Mass in what is called “Missa pro populo” which means “For the people.”
What exactly is a “Missa pro populo?” This is a Mass for the people entrusted to him on each Sunday and holy day of obligation.
It is commonly understood in the Church that a pastor has care for all of the people within his parish boundaries, not just for Catholics. For example, read what the Code of Canon Law has to say about his obligation to preach the Word of God and to evangelize his parish:
A pastor is obliged to make provision so that the Word of God is proclaimed in its entirety to those living in the parish; for this reason, he is to take care that the lay members of the Christian faithful are instructed in the truths of the faith, especially by giving a homily on Sundays and holy days of obligation and by offering catechetical instruction. He is to foster works through which the spirit of the gospel is promoted, even in what pertains to social justice. He is to have particular care for the Catholic education of children and youth. He is to make every effort, even with the collaboration of the Christian faithful, so that the message of the gospel comes also to those who have ceased the practice of their religion or do not profess the true faith. (Canon 528)
So, when Mass is offered “for the people of the parish”, it is being offered not only for you, but for all who live within the parish boundaries, even those who have another faith or no faith at all!
And this is a wonderful thing that you can share with your non-Catholic neighbors. Tell them: We are praying for you each week. We hope you will someday join us. The door is open.
Know that we pray daily for each member of our extended communities. Let us know if there are any needs that must be met during this time. We are here to help in any way.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samueal 16:7)