The Mass at the Catacombs

Saturday 21 October 2023, 3pm

Brief tour of the Domitilla Catacombs followed by Mass in memory of Blessed Enrique Angelelli & his companions, and Pepe & Amalia Palacio


Welcome: Basma Louis (English) & Clémence Otekpo (French/Spanish)

Introduction: Stefan Gigacz


Blessed Enrique Angelelli & companions: Bishop Dante Braida & Sr Maria Cimperman RSCJ

Pepe & Amalia Palacio: Jose Luis Palacio and family


Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

Bishop Shane Mackinlay

Bishop Dante Braida

Bishop Alain Harel

Fr Clarence Devadass

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.


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 (Bishop Shane Mackinlay)
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 (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

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

Holy Spirit – Dnalor 01 – CC SA 3.0

Gospel (Bishop Alain Harel)
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.’


Cardinal Oscr Maradiaga – Gabriele Merk CC SQ 3.0

Prayers of the Faithful

Synod: Fr Clarence Devadass

Workers: Sheila Pires

Students: Brian Lawrence

Farmers: Kris Kummari

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.

Prayer after Communion

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.