Being Present in the Chapel

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Chapel masses are something that are very touching in the lives of Catholics. In Chapel masses, students feel closer to God, because unlike regular masses at school, it is not at the gym, but rather in a more spiritual place. It can be more interactive to have mass in the chapel, because one has a more touching opportunity to with God, and it is like they turn into miniature retreats.

After asking Mr. Schnitzius about the participation of students attending chapel masses, he responded, “Students strong in their faith attend chapel masses, have another opportunity to pray to God, and attend Mass another day other than Sunday, receiving God’s grace.” Mr. Schnitzius says that these chapel masses first started about four years ago, to help students at Mater Dei have a closer relationship with God. Students are also more involved when it comes to chapel masses. “It is important for all students to attend, because it is the central celebration for Catholics, where they have the opportunity to grow in their faith”.

Sports teams and club members sponsor one mass per year. They take roles in the particular mass they are assigned, participating greatly in God’s name. For example, students participate in the readings, alter serve, and participate in the giving of the bread.

After interviewing several campus ministers, each one said that these chapel masses are a good way to get involved. Even during the lunch masses, one is still involved. Some students don’t really care about these lunch masses, and they do not want to “waste” their lunch here, but even though you might not be with your friends, you are rather in a more spiritual place, growing your Catholic faith, and asking God for the help and forgiveness that you need.

These chapel masses provide many chances to grow in faith with God, providing confession, receiving Holy Communion, and praying for guidance, thankfulness, or any personal needs you want to ask God to help you with in your life. Once you enter into the chapel, you know that God is present. In the front of the chapel, one sees the red lit candle, the Tabernacle, and the crucifix. All of these signify that God is present with you, not in a big Church, but in a small place, where it is easier for one to reflect. Chapel masses give opportunities to be in the presence with God, grow stronger in faith, and physically in union with Christ.

 

 

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