Our Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday 5:00 pm, Sunday 7:30 am, 9:30 am, or 11:30 am.
A Note from our Pastor Fr. Joe:
Welcome to the website of the parish family of Our Lady of Nazareth (OLN) and thank you for visiting us today. We’d love to welcome you in person and share with all that is going on here: the opportunities for you to know Jesus, to grow in faith, to deepen your prayer life, and join us in serving the Roanoke Valley and beyond.
In this site, you can find a schedule of weekend and weekday liturgies and glimpse some of the ways we presently put faith in action. If you have questions, feel free to contact us through the contact page or by phone.
For over 100 years, OLN had been among the bright shining lights (Matthew 5: 15) in the Roanoke community and, God willing, we will continue to be so. Come be part of our next 100 years and shine with us. Happy Browsing!
Pace e bene, (peace and good), Msgr. Joseph Lehman
Our Lady of Nazareth Family of Faith
If you are seeking a faith community, we pray you find welcome wherever you may go and that you might consider the Catholic Church a home for you. For all of us, let us participate as much as we are able in the songs and responses so that our voices can joy together to remember and give thanks for the blessings God gives us.
The Sunday Mass
The Catholic Mass has two main parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
In the Liturgy of the Word, we hear stories from the Bible that tell how God was present in the lives of our ancestors. We then seek to know how God continues to be present in our lives today. We end this part of the Mass with prayers for our world and our community so that God will bring healing and peace to those parts of lives most in need of God’s presence.
In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we share a meal that recalls the love of Christ for us. By this meal we become united and strengthened to be the love of Christ for others.
In the Mass, Catholics believe Christ is fully present and embodied in many ways:
Through the people gathered together; In the Scriptures proclaim, in the ministers of the church and most of all in the consecrated bread and wine that is shared.
For more information about the Mass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co0qalRkEJs&t=520s
What to do at Mass?
Get There: Try to arrive about 10 minutes or so before the start of the Mass. This allows you plenty of time to greet others and it gives you some time to center yourself and meditate. Think of it like a birthday dinner for a good friend: you wouldn’t want to walk right in when the dinner starts. You’d want to come by early, wish your friend a happy birthday, and then chat with your other friends at the party before dinner starts.
Holy Water: The Baptismal Font is located near the entrance. Catholics dip their fingers in the water and make a sign of the cross – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The water reminds them of the sacrament of Baptism and unites them with Christ, who said “all you who are thirsty, come to the water.” The water is called “holy” simply because it is blessed.
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION and Children's opportunities
Not only is your participation vital to making all of that happen, but it also will make your experience of the Mass much more exciting. There is a guide in the front of the song book that explains what is happening, what to say, when to sit and so much more.
Mass Manners: Mass is like any social event…. unless you expect a call from God, it’s a good idea to keep the cell phones turned off (or set to vibrate if you have an emergency situation). At OLN some dress formally, some more casual. All are welcome!
Nursery: We have a nursery for children under 5 years old. You are welcome to head down the hall, turn right and go down to the nursery. There is a check in sheet and wonderful nursery workers ready to play with your little one.
Children’s Church (Children’s Liturgy of the Word): At most Masses we offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word. If your child is between the ages of 4 and 3rd grade they are welcome to dismiss with the children right before the Liturgy of the Word (the bible readings for the service). They return after the Homily (the sermon).
After Mass: Please visit with others after Mass. We would love to hear your story. Normally we have donuts and coffee in our Fellowship Hall following the Sunday Masses. Until the renovation is finished we instead will be visiting with each other in the worship space of the Fellowship Hall after Mass. We wait in anticipation for the renovation to be complete and are able to return to the main worship space.
Adapted from //forcatholicholymass.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-to-do-at-mass.html?m=1
Can non-Catholics receive the Eucharist? Please check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-PAalpYJLU
What should someone do that is not Catholic during the Eucharistic procession? At Our Lady of Nazareth we invite you to either stay seated or come forward with your arms and hands crossed over your chest to receive a blessing.
Want to get more involved? We have many opportunities for faith formation from bible studies to daily Mass, Adoration to volunteering for ministry opportunities. Please check out our website for the varied choices:
Bible Studies, Adult Faith Formation – how to become Catholic, M.O.M.S. Ministry, and more:
Children’s Faith Formation:
Want to learn more about the Catholic Faith? Click HERE for links that will take you to many different Catholic educational sites.