Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

David E. Willis

Second Advisor

Adrian M. Dupuis


In this paper the writer makes a study of the Catholic high schools in Minnesota to discover the prevailing practices that exist in the schools regarding the attendance at and participation in week-day Mass by high school students.

For a clear understanding of this study, it is necessary to define the terms Mass, attendance, participation, week-day, and Catholic high school. The term Mass is the name given to the prayers and ceremonies constituting the Eucharistic Sacrifice in the Latin Rite. Attendance refers to actual physical presence while participation indicated actual joining in the ceremonies. Week-day Mass is understood to mean a Mass offered on a school day, Monday through Friday, and is not in any way considered a Mass of obligation by the Church. By Catholic high school is meant a Catholic day or resident high school, whether all-boy, all-girl, or co-educational. Private, diocesan, and parochial high schools were all considered. The survey is limited to the state of Minnesota.