Monday – Thursday: 5:15 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am and *7:30 pm
*New for the 2019/20 school year
+ I USED TO HELP AT MASS IN MY HOME PARISH. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN MINISTRY AT BRONCO CATHOLIC?
We are always on the look-out for students who want to help! Just let us know and we will try to find a place, be it a reader, musician, singer, hospitality minister, greeter, altar server, or Eucharistic minister.
+ WHAT IF I HAVEN'T BEEN TO MASS IN A WHILE?
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Mass at Bronco Catholic is geared to students. You’ll see student serving as greeters, musicians, readers, and Eucharistic ministers. The music is contemporary and reverent. You might recognize some songs, and even if you don’t the music is easy to sing. Students tell us they like the preaching because it speaks to them. Even if you have not been to Mass in a while, you will be surprised how much you will recognize. You’ll hear the same prayers and readings, and see the same actions by the priest. What has changed is you. You are older and more experienced in life. You bring to Mass a more mature self, more willing to explore your faith, more open to allow God to speak to you through the readings, music, preaching and the community. Students tell us that Mass is a highlight of their week. They look forward to spending time in prayer and being with their friends who share the same faith. Oh, and we also have great refreshments.
+ I'VE DONE SOME MESSED UP STUFF SINCE I LAST WENT TO MASS.
Pope Francis has called the Church a field hospital for sinners. Everyone who comes to Bronco Catholic for Mass belongs there because they need God’s healing mercy. No one can’t point a finger at anyone else and call them a hypocrite. Sure, some students may be further along in their faith journey, but none have yet to be canonized a saint. Mass is a great place to praise and thank God, and it is also a place of healing. God knows what you have done. And God offers you forgiveness and a fresh start. God also equips us with the strength and hope so we don’t keep doing the things that take us away from God. When we hear the readings, participate with a community, sing, talk to God openly, and receive the Eucharist, we are receiving the very power of God to overcome all the bad things we do. When you focus on the bad stuff in your life, it makes it easy to feel separated from God. Whatever you have done, know that it does not define you. The fact is that God loves you. He sees into your heart and knows your very best self. God wants you. You are welcome at Mass, no matter how ‘messed up’ your life may be.
+ I WANT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF MASS. WHAT IS AN EASY WAY TO DO THIS?
Here are a few quick tips that might help you get the most out of Mass
- Prepare. Read and study the readings before you go to Mass, and then listen to them intently while The Word is proclaimed. You can find the Sunday readings here.
- Go to Confession monthly. This will help prepare you spiritually, even if you feel you don’t need to go. Confessions are offered at Bronco Catholic Sundays 5:30- 6:45 and by appointment. Get there early and sit up front, especially at the 11am Mass.
- Shift your thinking. Don’t expect to be entertained. You are there to offer God worship and receive grace. It isn’t about being ‘engaged’.
- Look for God in every part of the Mass.– Participate Fully Sing, even if your voice is less than angelic! Respond and pray with gusto. Give it all to God and don’t worry about others.
- Listen to the Word and be open to it changing you. Are you open to letting God change you? If not, then you won’t be changed. Listen to the Word proclaimed and let it challenge you. Find a practical take-away from the Homily and apply it for the week.
- Tithe. Yes, it is our duty to support the Church. But, it does more for our own faith than it does for the Church. Tithing helps us properly order the gifts God has given us.
- When you receive Jesus in the Eucharist – understand what it is you are doing. You are taking the Body, blood, soul, and divinity of GOD into you. You are joining in heaven on earth. You are becoming one with The Body of Christ.
- Tell other people about Him. At the end of the Mass the priest or deacon tells the congregation to ‘go in the peace of Christ. It is a way of telling each person, ‘you are now empowered to evangelize.’ (share the Good News of Christ)
Tell others about Bronco Catholic. Invite them to Mass. You don’t have to argue with them or convince them. Let God’s Word speak to their heart. Let the music and community and the Eucharist ignite a flame to return to Bronco Catholic (and maybe the Church.)
+ I WENT TO A CHRISTIAN CHURCH WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, BUT I’VE NEVER BEEN TO A CATHOLIC MASS. WOULD IT BE OK IF I JUST CAME TO CHECK IT OUT?
Certainly. Every week people from all faith traditions and backgrounds come to Mass at Bronco Catholic. From being welcomed at the door to having a worship aid to guide you, we try to make Mass ‘user ‘ friendly.
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 help you with whatever might be confusing right away. The only way to find out if it’s for you is to show up. You are always welcome.
+ WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MASS?
There are a lot of web sites that offer instruction on and the history of the Mass, as well as insights to help make you get the most out of Mass.
We recommend the following: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm-HxgixdvQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ9AIMIz-Jo (from Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series)