Living the Mass the Other Six Days of the Week: The Introductory Rites

Living the Mass the Other Six Days of the Week

As we journey through the National Eucharistic Revival, let’s look at the parts of the Mass to reflect on what each part of the Mass is calling us to do and be the other six days of the week. In this episode, we look at the Introductory Rites, which include the opening procession, the greeting by the priest, and the Penitential Act. We consider how these elements of the Mass call us to move from a “me” mindset to a “we” mindset and to embrace the truth about our own brokenness that Christ redeems.

Be sure to check out my book, Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life, co-authored with Fr. Dominic Grassi. Likewise, check out this video compilation of Pop-Up Catechesis episodes in which we do a Walk Through the Mass and this webinar I did with Fr. Grassi on Living the Mass.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


    • Hi Deacon Lee. What a great question! Fr. Dom and I wrote the book so long ago now that I can’t honestly recall how we arrived at that title! I know that we were focusing on connecting the Mass and daily living and talking about the notion of a “lived faith” and not just a “learned faith.” From there, the Holy Spirit must have guided us or someone in the marketing department at Loyola Press to go with the title, Living the Mass!

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