Mass Times

   Remember Dispensation from
   the obligation to attend Mass
   continues until further notice.
   The decision to return is yours
   in deciding if the time is right
   for you.

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   Weekend Masses
   Saturday
    5:00pm English
    7:00pm Spanish

  Sunday
    8:00am English
  Live Streaming
  10:30am English

  Week Day Masses
    9:00am Monday
    9:00am Tuesday
  Live Streaming
    5:30pm Wednesday
    9:00am Thursday

  First Friday Mass
    10:00am 

  First Saturday Mass
    9:00am

  Sacrament of
  Reconciliation

    Saturday 3:00 - 4:00pm
      in the Chapel
    Wednesday following
      5:30pm Mass
    By appointment call the
      Parish Office
      417-334-2928

Adoration

Adoration 
Following Wednesday
5:30pm Mass
in the church
Daily Mass Readings

Catechesis: ongoing understanding of our Faith

In case you missed or would like to review a video.

We would like to thank you for joining in celebrating Mass with us. We know some of you may not be Catholic. Live streaming is hosting Catholics, non-Catholics, seekers and those who may never attended Mass, ALL are welcome.

My friends, click for some of the most common practices and gestures used during the celebration of the Mass. These  are done with the Catholic community gathered in prayer convey the unity of the Church in its teaching and worship. 

For those who are curious about the meaning and structure of the Mass the following links may be helpful:
A Walk Through the Mass: A Step-by-Step Explanation printable PDF download

The Mass: Structure and Meaning

Click here to see Homilies from OLL
Third Sunday of Lent ~ Homily by Father Samson

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The readings on this third Sunday of Lent teach us that Lent is the ideal time to clean out the temple of our own hearts. This is the time also to offer to God true Divine worship by obeying the Ten Commandments. 

 Today, the first reading describes the Covenant that God makes with Moses through the ten commandments. It is based on a personal relationship. God teaches Moses how he and his people can live faithful to this Covenant through God’s directives. Remember these directives do not serve to limit the freedom of the people, but to give them the assurance that they are fulfilling the will of God. In fact, they also teach us that our New Covenant with God demands that we should keep our parish church holy with our hearts cleansed by repentance. We keep our faith community holy by allowing the Holy Spirit to control our lives. Click for Father Samson's entire homily

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Solemnity of Saint Joseph Mass

Friday, March 19th at 9:00am

 

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Solemnity of St. Joseph

Friday, March 19, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Joseph, entrusted as the foster-father of our Lord, is recognized as a special patron for all fathers and for the universal Church (which is the Body of Christ).

Act of Consecration of Our Parish to Saint Joseph

Prayers to St. Joseph
Stations of the Cross

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Fridays of Lent at 6:30pm
in the church and online

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2021 Walk for Life

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2021 Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy

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Families are invited to join Bishop Rice for the Annual Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy.  Funds collected will support the Children’s Haven Playground Project in Joplin, MO.  Bishop Rice’s letter about the Mission of Mercy and more specifics about the project can be found here

Dations may be dropped in the baskets located in the back of the church.  Be sure that your donation is in an envelope clearly marked:  “Lenten Youth Mission of Mercy”. We would like to submit our donations right after Easter (April 4th).  To help with this, please make your donation by Thursday April 1st.  Thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause.

 




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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm hesitant to return to Mass because of health concerns or my age. How can I keep Sundays Holy?                            

You are encouraged to join your fellow parishioners by watching the Mass live-streamed on Facebook.com/OLLBranson every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  This live stream is also posted immediately after the Mass at 11:45 a.m. for those who do not have Facebook and you can access it anytime by going to the same site.  If you do not have internet capabilities, you may watch Mass on the EWTN network.  No internet or TV connections?  Do spiritual practices like pray the scriptures for the day, the rosary, etc. 

My family and I are live-streaming Mass at home, how do I help them (and myself) stay engaged and not get so distracted?    

First of all, prepare yourself for the Mass as you would if you were coming to church.  You should not be drinking or eating things at home as you spiritually participate in the Mass. Verbally respond to the penitential rite as you would normally (i.e. Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, ….) The same is true for the Gloria, antiphons, Our Father, etc. Follow along in your bible when the scriptures are read. (The scripture readings are posted every week in our online church bulletin for you to read during the Mass or beforehand).  Offer the prayer of Spiritual Communion when the Eucharist is being distributed.  Make the sign of the cross at appropriate times.  At the end of the Mass, reflect on the message of the homily and share your thoughts with others who may have participated in the live stream with you.

I'm nervous about coming back to weekend Mass. What's it like in physical distancing? Can I attend daily Mass?

Daily Mass is not the same as the Sunday liturgy but would be a good transition to coming back to church.  Since we are out of the tourist season, we have more than enough physical distancing in church on Saturday evening and Sunday for those who are not compromised by their health or age.  As many of you know, our church seats 1300 people and we have less than 200 people at any given Mass on the weekend.  You can easily be 10 ft. distanced from any person if you desire to be so. If you are uncomfortable with coming to Mass on the weekend, there are about 40 people who come to daily Mass. Certainly, you are encouraged to come to a daily Mass as a wonderful opportunity to receive the Eucharist again physically.

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Thank you for your support!

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We would like to again thank those who continue to support the parish through ongoing contributions. Many of you are using our online Faith Direct, attending Mass and dropping your donation envelope in the basket at the door or mailing them to the Parish Office, 203 Vaughn Drive, Branson, MO 65616.

This is a blessing to the parish.

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Mass Intentions are available

Mass Intention Online scheduling is open.

Your sponsor support of the flowers in the Gathering Space is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to reserve a Mass Intention or sponsor flowers we have a NEW Mass Intention Online scheduling or contact Sam at the Parish Office 417-334-2928 or stop by the Parish Office to make arrangements.

We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated

Why reserve a Mass Intention?
The reasoning behind Mass Intentions...

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