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Jan 13, 2017

Catechetical endeavors were severely lacking when I was attending parochial schools in the South. I know now this had much to do with my spurning of the Church from an early age: no one would explain anything to me (or, more distressing, were themselves incapable of explanation); unfortunately I've heard the same from many American Roman Catholics with whom I've spoken. This is a very helpful and instructive little book, readily accessible to the layperson, with an extensive bibliography for Catechetical endeavors were severely lacking when I was attending parochial schools in the South. I know now this had much to do with my spurning of the Church from an early age: no one would explain anything to me (or, more distressing, were themselves incapable of explanation); unfortunately I've heard the same from many American Roman Catholics with whom I've spoken. This is a very helpful and instructive little book, readily accessible to the layperson, with an extensive bibliography for those wanting a bit more weight from their reading. ...more
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Jan 31, 2017

Have you attended Mass your whole life? Are you a recent convert? Have you never darkened a Catholic church's door but wonder what the heck they're doing in there? This is for you!

Really. It's a remarkably gentle book, full of wisdom, but without being pushy. There are a lot of little gems about best serving Christ at His Mass, and taking it with you when you go, that hit home. Even if you know all the parts of Mass and their purpose, the reflections offered are very helpful for focusing Have you attended Mass your whole life? Are you a recent convert? Have you never darkened a Catholic church's door but wonder what the heck they're doing in there? This is for you!

Really. It's a remarkably gentle book, full of wisdom, but without being pushy. There are a lot of little gems about best serving Christ at His Mass, and taking it with you when you go, that hit home. Even if you know all the parts of Mass and their purpose, the reflections offered are very helpful for focusing wandering attention. (Just me?) I think my First Communicant is too young, but I will be re-reading this and sharing it with my kids. I recommend reading it a bit at a time, to let it sink in. As I've attended Mass while reading it, my appreciation has deepened, and I can't ask much more than that. ...more
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Mar 29, 2020

The explanations were very clear. What a great read for a deep understanding of everything in the Mass.
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Nov 17, 2019

Waisted of your life, go spend time with loved rather than read and contemplate on this rubbish
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Jun 03, 2011

I borrowed this book from the library in preparation for starting RCIA in September, and in order to hopefully get more out of attending Mass in the meantime. While the book claims to be written for non-Catholics as well as "cradle" Catholics, it is obviously written with the latter group in mind. However, it was very informative and I learned quite a bit both about the Mass and the Catholic faith. The most surprising thing, to both me and my "cradle" Catholic husband, was that I am evidently I borrowed this book from the library in preparation for starting RCIA in September, and in order to hopefully get more out of attending Mass in the meantime. While the book claims to be written for non-Catholics as well as "cradle" Catholics, it is obviously written with the latter group in mind. However, it was very informative and I learned quite a bit both about the Mass and the Catholic faith. The most surprising thing, to both me and my "cradle" Catholic husband, was that I am evidently supposed to be leaving after the Liturgy of the Word. My husband does not remember ever seeing anyone dismissed during Mass, so he seemed rather surprised when I mentioned it. We live in a small town and attend a rather small parish, so perhaps this isn't practiced here . . . or perhaps the priest will start dismissing us when the RCIA class starts in September. I'm not sure, but I guess I'll find out. My husband asked if it was an old book, and perhaps it was an outdated practice, but since this was published in 2002, I don't think that is the case. I did not give it more stars because I felt that it wasn't really written so much for non-Catholics as much as it was for members of the Church. It seemed to discuss catechumans and candidates as outsiders, and did not address them as if they might be reading the book. In fact, the language and tone of the book assumed that the reader was a confirmed Catholic and full member of the Church. In a few places, the author even went so far as to address how the reader differed from the catechumans and why they couldn't participate in the Mass the same way as the reader. Since one of the reasons I picked the book was that the introduction stated that this book was for someone who "may be a lifelong Catholic or someone contemplating joining the Catholic Church." Despite my disappointment, the book is incredibly informative and interesting. ...more
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Feb 29, 2008

A good basic reference. I thought it was well organized and contained a lot of good information. One of the reasons I read this book was to help me understand why different churches don't always (seem to) celebrate the Mass exactly the same way. This book cleared up most of my questions to that effect, but left a few unanswered. I was able to supplement this with Catholicism for Dummies which filled in the gaps for me. Overall it is a great reference.
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Jul 12, 2016

A fair attempt, if watered down, at instructing the faithful in the Mass. This book is a literal 'how-to', as even things such as the sign of the cross are explained in painful detail. This dedication to precision pays off at some points, and plenty of thoughtful and interesting points are raised. However, the book ironically suffers from a lack of focus more often than not, as well as from awkward blocks of texts which severely restrict the flow of the book.
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Jan 23, 2008

This is helpful resource on the western Mass. It goes through the entire Mass explaining the order, the meaning of gestures and symbols throughout, and the history of the different pieces that make up the Mass.
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Dec 17, 2007

Despite being a "cradle Catholic," or maybe because I fall into that category, there are a lot of holes in my understanding of Catholic theology and practices. This was a quick read which opened my eyes and heart to a deeper understanding of many aspects of the Mass.
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Apr 21, 2008

When I first came into the Catholic church I found this to be very insightfull in understanding the parts of the mass. I also felt I learned a lot about the faith for such a small book.
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Sep 22, 2012

I really enjoyed the author's personal approach, reverence for the Mass, and practical, clear explanations. Excellent resource for anyone who wants to know WHY Catholics do what they do.
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May 26, 2009

very helpful. I feel so much better now that I understand the whys and whats of Mass. I can simply concentrate on my time with the Lord now.
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Dec 24, 2009

A step by step guide to the Catholic Mass. This book takes a contemplative approach to understanding why and how the Mass unfolds and how the attendee can participate and enjoy it.
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May 04, 2015

It's great for new Catholic's, I didn't come across anything that I didn't already know..but one thing. If your to embarrassed to ask what everything means, this is a good place to start.
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Oct 01, 2012

Really useful book for new Catholics and probably useful even to old ones who want to get more out of the mass.
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Mar 07, 2014

3.5 stars. Solid overview of the mass for those new to Catholicism.

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