Etiquette

Please respect the Church and abide by the following Mass Etiquette Rules:

  • Fast before Mass. It is Church law that one fasts for at least 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. The only exceptions are medicine, water or unless someone is ill and needs to eat sooner.
  • Cross yourself with Holy Water on entering and leaving the church. This is a reminder of our Baptism, which made us members of Christ’s Church.
  • Show up at least a few minutes early. If you can’t be on time, then sit in the back so you don’t disturb others.
  • Cell phones should never be used in Mass for calls or texting. The ONLY exceptions are emergencies (big ones, not everyday ones)
  • When we enter and leave Church, genuflect toward the Tabernacle. Christ is present for our sake. By allowing our right knee to hit the floor, we acknowledge He is our Lord and God. If someone is physically unable to genuflect, then a bow is sufficient. During Mass, if you pass in front of the altar or tabernacle, bow reverently.
  • Sit quietly while in church. It is not a time to visit with those around you. If you must talk do so as quietly and briefly as possible. Remember that your conversation might be disturbing someone who is in prayer, which is much more important. Sssshhhhhhhh.
  • Bow before receiving Holy Communion. If it is God, then show your respect with a profound bow from the hip.
  • Do not receive from the chalice if you are sick. This is an act of charity.
  • Do not leave early. We should stay to the end of the recession and the hymn that accompanies it, if there is one.
  • Pray after Mass, if you can. It is a good custom, though not required, to offer a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass is over. What could be more important?
  • Leave quietly. We encourage you to visit with others, but once you are outside of the main sanctuary of the church so you won’t disturb others who want to stay and pray.

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