• The final installment of a seven-part series on the Mass talks about the challenges facing a newly ordained priest and that the things in ministry are not always like what they had...

    A newly ordained priest distributes Communion. One of the challenges facing a newly ordained priest is that things in ministry are not always like what they had learned in seminary. (CNS photo by Joe Romie/Today's Catholic)
  • The final installment of a seven-part series on the Mass talks about the final blessing of the Mass.

    Altar server Grace McGill carries the Book of Gospels as a priest gives the final blessing at the conclusion of Mass. At the end of Mass, we are blessed and sent "in peace to love and serve the Lord." (CNS photo by Bob Roller
  • This is sixth part in a seven-part series on the Mass talks about distributing holy Communion and the role of extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.

    An extraordinary minister of holy Communion distributes the host at a church in Elmwood Park, Ill. The role of extraordinary ministers extends the participation of the laity in the rituals of our faith. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)