Go to Mass for Someone Who Can’t

Aid to the Church in Need is asking every Catholic to make the small sacrifice of going to one extra Mass to pray for one of the 200 million Christians who are facing the threat of persecution for their faith and even risking death to receive Jesus in The Eucharist.

Will you go to one extra Mass and offer it for a persecuted Christian?

There is nothing so great, as the Eucharist! Put all the good works in the world against one good Communion; they will be like a grain of dust beside a mountain.” – St John Vianney

Aid to the Church in Need is asking every Catholic to make the small sacrifice of going to one extra Mass to pray for one of the 200 million Christians who are facing the threat of persecution for their faith and even risking death to receive Jesus in The Eucharist. It is time for us to re-discover that “most powerful force in human history is prayer joined to sacrifice.” – St Pope John Paul II.

Imagine the immense power of our prayers offered for our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, imagine how we can renew our faith in the power of the Eucharist which where “violence is transformed into love, and death into life …” – Pope Benedict XVI.

This simple campaign is about interceding for those suffering injustice, assault, kidnap, forced conversion, torture and death and answering Pope Francis’ call to pray for the persecuted when he reminded us that, “Today there are more [martyrs] than in the first ages – but the media says nothing about them, because it’s not news.”

How to Get Involved

  • Go to a Mass you wouldn’t normally go to. If you already go on Sundays go to an extra Mass in the week. If you don’t go on a Sunday, go then.
  • Offer the Mass for all persecuted Christians/a particular person being persecuted/a country e.g. North Korea, Syria, Nigeria etc.
  • Share your #Go2Mass post – Take a selfie outside the Church and share your post using #Go2Mass

Bring hope to the persecuted Church with trust in the transforming love of Jesus, which through the Eucharist is an “intimate explosion of good conquering evil [that] can then trigger off the series of transformations that little by little will change the world.” Be part of this wave of prayer and make the ‘Go to Mass for Someone Who Can’t’ the real news of Jesus’ victory of love over hate.

Go2Mass Resources

The resources consist of two six lesson General/Core RE courses.

Aid to the Church in Need is asking every Catholic to make the small sacrifice of going to one extra Mass to pray for one of the 200 million Christians who are facing the threat of persecution for their faith and even risking death to receive Jesus in The Eucharist. It is time for us to re-discover that “most powerful force in human history is prayer joined to sacrifice.” – St Pope John Paul II.

Lesson 1a – Right to Decide
Summary: Students analyse the decision-making process from a psychological perspective and are asked to consider why their decisions matter both in this life and eternally. The tasks lead them to consider why belief or non-belief in God is the fundamental decision for each person.

Download: Presentation | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Lesson Plan

Lesson 2a – My Reality
Summary: Using scientific examples, the view that empirical measurement is the only reliable guide to reality, is challenged. The tasks enable students to analyse the apparent contradictions in the material world and relate this to the spiritual realm.

Download: Presentation | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Lesson Plan

Lesson 3a – True or False
Summary: How each person views God is challenged. Students consider where their concept of ‘god’ comes from and the tendency we have to create ‘god’ in ‘our image’ rather than allowing him to create us in his. The power of outside influences, projection, faulty perception and brain chemistry are examined.

Download: Presentation | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Worksheet 3 | Lesson Plan 

Lesson 4a – Knowing God
Summary: This lesson demonstrates how belief in God is a relationship of love. C.S Lewis’ Trilemma is explained to show why Jesus could not have been just a ‘good person’ or a ‘moral leader’.

Download: Presentation | Starter Task Sheet 1 Starter Task Sheet 2 | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Lesson Plan | Reflection

Lesson 5a – Building a Wall
Summary: Through examples, art, video clips and reflection, students examine how and why we resist coming to know God better.

Download: Presentation | Unanswered PrayersWorksheet 1 | Worksheet 1 Plain | Lesson Plan

Lesson 6a – Response
Summary: 
This lesson gives space for prayer, silence and the chance to make prayer card or bookmark. Images from the Slovakian artist Ladislav Zaborsky (who was imprisoned under the Communists for his Catholic art) are interspersed with prayer catechesis from Fr John Bartunek in an animation.

Download: Presentation | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Lesson Plan | Recap

Go to Mass for Someone Who Can’t – Second six lesson course

Lesson 1b – Right to Choose
Summary: 
Through a game, students assess their knowledge about, and interest in, the wider world. This leads to activities which enable them empathise with those who suffer the violation of their human rights and examine why solidarity is essential as members of the Body of Christ.

Download: Presentation | Case Scenarios | Human Rights Quiz | Lesson Plan

Lesson 2b – The Reality
Summary: 
This lesson introduces religious persecution through the medium of actual drawings from Syrian children. The link between religious freedom and human dignity is examined to explain the Catholic Social Teaching. Newspaper style reports showing ‘Faces of Persecution’ are presented in groups.

Download: Presentation | Profile 1 | Profile 2 | Profile 3 | Profile 4 | Profile 5 | Lesson Plan

Lesson 3b – True life, false ideas
Summary: 
Basic facts about the reality of persecution are given in this session and the work of ACN is presented through video clips and witness reports. A research task and speech for the following lesson is explained.

Download: Presentation | Lesson Plan

Lesson 4b – Knowing God’s Children
Summary: This is an independent learning, multi-media research lesson. The presentation has a large number clips, talks, links and facts for students to personalise their learning in preparation for their speech.

Download: Presentation | Lesson Plan 

Lesson 5b – Building A Kingdom
Summary:
 The #Go2Mass campaign is described with reference to Catholic Eucharistic teaching. Students are shown how their prayers at Mass will help our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Download: Presentation | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Lesson Plan

Lesson 6b – Response
Summary: This lesson motivates students to actually #Go2Mass for someone who can’t and gives time for them to plan and prepare for their participation in the campaign.

Download: Presentation | Worksheet 1 | Worksheet 2 | Lesson Plan

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