Mass Etiquette

Coming to Mass for the first time? Here’s what you need to know.




We ask that everyone please turn off all electronics (cell phones, tablets, etc.).

There should be no food, drinks in church at the time Mass is celebrated.  We prefer no chewing gum, but understand that in rare cases, people who suffer from dry mouth due to medications may have a special need

When we enter and leave Church, we genuflect toward the Tabernacle in the chapel out of respect for the Eucharist.

All Catholics not in mortal (serious) sin and who have fasted for one hour are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

In Regards to Going to Communion

  • Make a reverential bow as you step up to receive both the Body and Blood of Christ.
  • Hold your clean hands chest-high, flat and outstretched to receive the Eucharist or receive on your tongue.
  • Properly speaking the act of going to Communion is an act of 'reception', that is, one ought not to  “take” or “grab” it from the minister, but allow for the priest, deacon or minister to place it on the hand.
  • When receiving from the chalice (reserved for those with celiac disease), make sure you have a firm grip on it and make sure the Communion Minister has firmly re-grasped it when you are done.
  • When the minister says, “Body of Christ” or “Blood of Christ”, the response is a clear “Amen!” (which means “I believe!” or “So be it!”)
  • Consume the host immediately. If you walk away with the host in your hand, a Communion Minister may come after you to make sure you consume the host.

Modest dress is appreciated. Men, please remove your hats.

When we enter and leave Church, we cross ourselves with Holy Water, reminding us of our Baptism.

No one should be moving around during the following times:

  • When the lector is reading the First and Second Readings from Scripture;
  • When the priest or deacon is reading the Gospel;
  • When the priest or deacon is giving the homily;
  • When the priest is saying the words of Consecration, changing the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ (during the Eucharistic prayer between the Holy, Holy, Holy and the Great Amen).

There are restrooms in all the churches (worship sites) of our parish.

Please remain in your pew until the final song ends.