I’ve often been asked how parishes might encourage a prayerful atmosphere at the beginning of Mass, where people can prayerfully focus on what the Church has called the source and summit of the Catholic life, rather than on the parish notice sheet!
One parish priest in Stoke in Trent (Fr Julian Green) has devised something called “Welcome to Mass” – an alternative mass sheet to aid that preparation – which is given out as people enter the church. He has decided to keep the notice sheet until the end of mass, offered to people when they return their “Welcome to Mass” sheet.
The parish priest has reported that it appears to help the atmosphere of prayer before mass, and subsequently during the mass itself, so that people are more open to receive what God desires to give them.
I’ve attached two example of this sheet below. They might also help to orientate newcomers, who are at mass perhaps for the first time!