The Weight of the Sacraments

How important are the sacraments? Are they just steps in the Christian life or do they bear a lot more weight in our journey towards salvation? Mike Gormley and Dave VanVickle continue their series on Mystagogy by addressing the importance of the sacraments. They discuss the mystery of the sacraments and why they are truly a matter of life and death.

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The sacraments are a matter of life and death: eternal life and eternal death.


Preparing for Mass

Participating well in Mass typically starts with preparing well for Mass. This may look different from person to person, but most often it includes reading the readings for Mass and meditating on them. It is also wise to diminish as much noise and distractions prior to Mass as possible. For you, this might mean abstaining from music in the car or checking the news on your phone that morning. Whatever it is, figure out how to place yourself in the presence of God before you even arrive at church for Mass.

The Order of the Mass

Read through the order of the Mass. Pray with it. As you read through it, allow yourself to wonder and ask questions. You can learn more here.


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of, and hosts two popular Catholic podcasts: Catching Foxes and Every Knee Shall Bow.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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