Gold Masses

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.

What is a Gold Mass?

The Society of Catholic Scientists sponsors Gold Masses for Scientists.  This  follows in the tradition of special Masses for members of particular professions. The oldest, the Red Mass for lawyers and lawmakers, was introduced in the 13th century. The first White Mass for health care professionals and Blue Mass for law enforcement were begun in the 1930s.  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.  A Gold Mass was held in Boston on November 15, 2016. See http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=177861   In November of 2017, seven Gold Masses WERE CELEBRATED around North America.  In November 2018, sixteen Gold Masses WERE CELEBRATED. Gold Masses may be celebrated at any time.  One particularly suitable time is on or near November 15th, the feast of St. Albert the Great, the patron saint of natural scientists.  Other good times are near the beginning of the fall or spring semester. 

Gold Masses are for Catholics who are or have been involved with science, including scientists, retired or former scientists, science teachers at any level, science graduate students and undergraduate science majors.  Often, the homilist at the mass is a priest or deacon who is a scientist or has some science background.  After a Gold Mass there is normally a simple reception where those who attended the Mass can meet and socialize with each other.  The hope is that these Gold Masses will help foster the development of local communities and networks of Catholics involved with science. Such communities and networks, in turn, may lead to collaborations on various projects, such as study groups and public lectures. 

A Gold Mass is easy to arrange. One needs: (a) a church or chapel, (b) a celebrant and homilist, (c) a nearby hall to hold the reception, and (d) permission of the local bishop.  Such masses should be advertised several weeks in advance through local Catholic media and on local college campuses.  Information about upcoming Gold Masses will be posted on the SCS website.   Though the above elements are the only things required for a Gold Mass, it is also possible to make the Gold Mass a more eleborate event, with a public lecture afterwards. An example of this was the Gold Mass held at the University of Notre Dame in 2017. 

Those interested in planning a Gold Mass in their own city should contact SCS Board member Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P.  (naustria@providence.edu).