The Mass

Saturday 21 October 2023, 3pm

Arrival at the Domitilla Catacombs followed by Mass

Welcome

Basma Louis (IYCW) & Clémence Otekpo (ICYCW)

Good afternoon, everyone.

Thank you to all of you who have come to take part in this event today, who have made time in your agendas for this special moment. We are grateful to see you here, all together, in a “synodal” atmosphere. We thank the participants in the Synod, who have taken time out of their schedules to be with us today, as well as those who have come especially for this occasion.

Today, we are particularly pleased to have you with us for a Mass that celebrates synodality, and more particularly the YCW.

On behalf of the IYCW and the ICYCW, we would like to thank you for the time and attention you devote to our organisations, which are so dear to our hearts.

We ourselves are witnesses to the beauty of this “school of life” that is the YCW.

We are happy to celebrate with you a part of the history of this movement, and to discuss our hopes for its future. Because we are convinced that even if we are no longer in the golden age of specialised Catholic Action movements, the project of our movements is and will remain essential. Still today, within these movements, we form ourselves, we discuss, we exchange our ideas, we share moments of conviviality, we build friendships… we design our future.

So thank you for joining us today to share a beautiful page in our history. Thank you for walking beside us.

Introduction

Stefan Gigacz, Cardijn Community International/Australian Cardijn Institute

Testimonies

Blessed Enrique Angelelli & companions

Pepe & Amalia Palacio: Jose Luis Palacio

Celebrants

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

Bishop Shane Mackinlay, Sandhurst Diocese, Australia

Bishop Dante Braida, La Rioja Diocese, Argentina

Monsignor Josef Sayer, Germany

Fr Clarence Devadass, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Luis Miguel Modino: / Religion Digital

Entrance Antiphon

Ps 129: 3-4

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you is found forgiveness,
O God of Israel.


Collect

May your grace, O Lord, we pray,
at all times go before us and follow after
and make us always determined
to carry out good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.


Abraham - Octave 444 - CC SA 4.0
Abraham – Octave 444 – CC SA 4.0

First reading

(Reader: Br Mark O’Connor)
Romans 4:13,16-18
Abraham hoped and believed and became the father of many nations

The promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham’s descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations – Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.

Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars.


Responsorial Psalm

(Reader: Sr Nathalie Becquart)
Psalm 104(105):6-9,42-43

The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

O children of Abraham, his servant,
O sons of the Jacob he chose.
He, the Lord, is our God:
his judgements prevail in all the earth.

Response: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

He remembers his covenant for ever,
his promise for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.

Response: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

For he remembered his holy word,
which he gave to Abraham his servant.
So he brought out his people with joy,
his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing.

Response: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.


Gospel Acclamation

Jn15:26,27

Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of Truth will bear witness to me, says the Lord,
and you also will be my witnesses.
Alleluia!


Holy Spirit – Dnalor 01 – CC SA 3.0

Gospel

(Reader: Bishop Shane Mackinlay)
Luke 12:8-12
If you declare yourselves for me, I will declare myself for you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will declare himself for him in the presence of the angels. But the man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presence of God’s angels.

‘Everyone who says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

‘When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.’


Homily

Cardinal Oscr Maradiaga – Gabriele Merk CC SQ 3.0
Bishop Dante Braida

Prayers of the Faithful

Synod: Fr Clarence Devadass

Workers: Emilce Cuda

Students: Brian Lawrence:

“Students are called to be agents of change within the communities in which they live, and, more than that, they are called, through their studies, to better understand the human condition and the barriers to a more just and inclusive community.  

We pray that all students will find these purposes in their studies and be inspired to develop their talents for the benefit of all.”

Farmers: Kris Kummari

“Our Culture is Agriculture, Farmers are producing the vast majority of the world’s food supply. They are Environmental stewards: Farmers manage large tracts of land. Their role has a significant impact on the environment. God gave the first mission to Adam to do farming. To achieve end hunger, we have to support and cooperate with farmers in the world.

We pray that the farmers will find solutions for the challenges, Let us pray for the local governments to recognize and encourage the farmers .”

Poor and sick:


Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, O Lord, the prayers of your faithful
with the sacrificial offerings,
that, through these acts of devotedness,
we may pass over to the glory of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.


Communion Antiphon

Cf. Ps 33: 11

The rich suffer want and go hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.

Communion Songs

The food of happiness

ربي جسدُكَ مأكل حقًا، ربي دُمكَ مشرَبٌ حقًا، طوبى لمن يرتوي منهما
قال الربُّ أنا الكرمة / أنتم أغصانُ الكرمة / كالأغصانِ اثبتوا فيّا /تأتوا بثمارٍ جمّة
مثلَ الهائمِ في الصحراء/ يبحثُ عن قَطراتِ الماء/هكذا يَلهفُ قلبي إليك/أنتَ الهِدايةُ أنتَ الرجاء
مَن يأكُل مِن خُبزِ الله/مَن يَشرَب مِن خَمرِ الله/ يَرِثِ الحياةَ الأبدية/ يُعطَ السعادَةَ في دُنياه

Translation (Google)

My Lord, your body is the food of happiness. My Lord, your blood is a drink for man. Blessed is he who satisfies himself.
The Lord said, “I am the vine/You are the branches of the vine/Like the branches, abide in me/You will bear great fruit.”


Like a wanderer in the desert/Brain for drops of water/This is how my heart yearns for you/You are the guidance, you are the hope

Prayer after Communion


He who drinks of God’s bread/He who drinks of God’s wine/He will inherit life permanently/He will be given happiness in this world.

We entreat your majesty most humbly, O Lord,
that, as you feed us with the nourishment
which comes from the most holy Body and Blood of your Son,
so you may make us sharers of his divine nature.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Recessional song

Qu’il est formidable d’aimer

Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable
Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable de tout donner pour aimer

Quand on n’a que ses mains
À tendre ou à donner
Quand on n’a que ses yeux
Pour rire ou pour pleurer

Quand on n’a que sa voix
Pour crier et chanter
Quand on n’a que sa vie
Et qu’on veut la donner

Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable
Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable de tout donner pour aimer

Quand on n’a que sa peine
À dire ou à cacher
Quand on n’a que ses joies
À taire ou à partager

Quand on n’a que ses rêves
À faire voyager
Quand on n’a que sa vie
Et qu’on veut la donner

Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable
Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable de tout donner pour aimer

Quand le pain et le vin
Ont le goût de vérité
Quand il y a sur la route
Ce pas qu’on reconnaît

Quand on regarde ensemble
Vers le même sommet
Quand on n’a que sa vie
Et qu’on veut la donner

Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable
Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable de tout donner pour aimer

Quand il y a sa présence
Pour vivre et espérer
Quand les chemins du risque
S’appellent vérité

Quand les quatre horizons
Conduisent vers la paix
Quand on n’a que sa vie
Et qu’on veut la donner

Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable
Qu’il est formidable d’aimer
Qu’il est formidable de tout donner pour aimer


Pepe Palacio (bottom centreà with YCW leaders in Bogota, Colombia, a few weeks before his death

More martyrs of the Cardijn movements