The Mass Is Never Ended

The Mass Is Never Ended

Rediscovering Our Mission to Transform the World 

Author: Gregory F. Augustine Pierce

Price: $11.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-069-8

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 1, 2007

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Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, author of the best-selling Spirituality at Work and former president of the National Center for the Laity, examines the Mass through the lens of the dismissal rite, reinvigorating Catholics' understanding of the liturgy and how it sends them forth to the work they do every day. "Ite, missa est" ("Go, we are sent forth"). Both profound and practical, and at times entertaining, The Mass Is Never Ended reminds readers of the meaning of the Mass and urges Catholics not to lose sight of its purpose during our everyday lives. Pierce outlines the basics of a spirituality of work, leaving readers with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and wisdom of the Mass.


"Useful and inspiring."

"This is a useful and inspiring little book, one lay Catholic's meditation on the Mass and what it means to us. 'What I love most about being Catholic is the Mass,' Gregory Pierce writes. 'When I am aware of the Mass as a sending forth, I realize how powerful it is. Stick close to the Mass. Don't let anyone or anything distract you from what it really is. Allow it to forgive you, to prepare you, to send you forth. Leave the church as if you had been shot out of a cannon, embrace your mission to make this a better world, and develop your own spirituality of work to sustain you.' Mr. Pierce's book discusses this spirituality of the workplace at length, focusing on specific disciplines that can be practiced on the job. The Mass is Never Ended shows how such a spirituality is a powerful tool for meaning and mission in lay Catholic life."

National Catholic Reporter

"A beautiful, powerful book."

"This is a beautiful, powerful book. Its simplicity and brevity can be deceiving, though. When you begin to realize that you are called to mission, and how the Mass can be celebrated from the perspective of the dismissal—for mission!—your outlook on life will be changed. Gregory Pierce has given the church a real gift in these pages!"

Stephen Bevans, Catholic Theological Union

"Powerfully lays out the components of a rich ... Catholic life."

"Who doesn't want these three things? 1) A mission worthy of our best efforts. 2) A community that always supports us. 3) A God who continually undergirds us. In The Mass Is Never Ended, Greg Pierce eloquently and powerfully lays out the components of a rich, purposeful and holy Catholic life and shows how they are—amazingly!—available to each one of us in the celebration of the Mass."

Paul Wilkes, Author of
The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics

"Urges us to live the Mass all-at-once."

"There is only one Mass.... It is our work, Monday through Saturday. It is our worship on Sunday. Greg Pierce urges us to live the Mass all-at-once."

William Droel, Editor, Initiatives
National Center for the Laity

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  • Interview with Gregory Pierce