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Recorded MS
The Mass Explained for Middle School

We know the prayers and the gestures of the Mass, but what does it all mean? Learn everything you need to know about worship, the Holy Mass, symbolism, and more.

Total classes: 10

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th

Suggested credit: 3/4 semester Apologetics or Religion. For a full semester, choose reading from Mr. Michuta’s optional booklist.


The Q&A format of our textbook, makes it easy for students to digest the lessons. Together, we will learn everything we need to know about Catholic worship. This course is a comprehensive overview of nearly everything concerning the Holy Mass, its components, what it is, and how it is celebrated. We will find the answers to questions such as: What is the Real Presence? Why does the priest mix water with wine? What are the Jewish roots? Why does the priest wear vestments? What are rubrics? And more.


Class 1 – The Basics of the Mass (Q. 1-8)

Class 2 – The Eucharistic Real Presence of Christ (Q. 9-17)

Class 3 – Scriptural and Historic Roots of the Mass (Q. 18-25)

Class 4 – The Celebrant (Q. 26-33)

Class 5 – Obligation and Opportunity (Q. 34-41)

Class 6 – Rites of the Mass (Q. 42-47)

Class 7 – Properly Equipped (Q. 48-56)

Class 8 – Receiving Communion (Q. 57-74)

Class 9 – Parts of the Mass (Liturgy of the word) (Q. 75-86)

Class 10 – Parts of the Mass (Liturgy of the Eucharist (Q. 87-100)

Materials and Homework

Course Materials:

The required textbook for the course is Understanding the Mass: 100 Questions 100 Answers by Mike Aquilina (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011), ISBN-10: 0867169494 or ISBN-13: 978-0867169492 (https://amzn.to/3aqOp8R).

For students (and parents) who wish to go beyond the current reading, Mr. Michuta recommends A Biblical Walk Through of the Mass: Understanding What We Say And What We Do During the Liturgy by Edward Sri (Ascension Press, 2011), ISBN-10: 1935940007 or ISBN-13: 978-1935940005 (https://amzn.to/3jQ4LL6).

Homework: Reading and weekly quizzes to reinforce learning. Quizzes are graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Students should expect to spend between approximately 30 minutes of homework for reading and taking the quizzes outside of the classroom.

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