Gold Mass for Scientists and Engineers
The Gold Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is at 7:00 PM Monday, November 15, the Feast of St. Albert the Great, the patron saint of scientists.
Cathedral Rector Fr. J.J. Mech will be the celebrant, assisted by Deacon Mike Van Dyke, and Fr. Sal Palazzolo, a trained engineer, will be the homilist. A reception for fellowship and “networking” will follow Mass.
Questions can be addressed to John Hannigan.
Gold Mass Background:
Inspired by a speech by Pope St. John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1979, and the belief that faith and reason are necessary partners, the Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) organized the first Gold Mass for Scientists and Engineers in 2016.
“By promoting Gold Masses for scientists around the world, SCS hopes to create spiritual fellowship among Catholic scientists and science educators at the local level.”
JPII taught that members of the Church who are active scientists can “provide a much-needed ministry to others struggling to integrate the worlds of science and religion in their own intellectual and spiritual lives.” He also wrote that “science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.” The Gold Mass celebrates a partnership between religion and science.
This new tradition uplifts people working in the sciences and engineering, encouraging them to live as faithful disciples within their fields, much as a Blue Mass does for those employed in public safety, a Red Mass for the legal professions, or a White Mass for health care professionals. The Gold Mass is “gold” because that is color of the regalia hood worn by persons graduating with doctoral degrees in science.
The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) is a lay organization of Catholic men and women who work as scientists and engineers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral trainees exploring careers in the sciences. The SCS “adheres to the faith of the Catholic Church and will always operate with due regard to her magisterium.” The SCS fosters fellowship among Catholic scientists and witnesses to the harmony of faith and reason, of science and religion. The SCS also serves as a resource and discussion forum for people have questions about science and faith.