We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new
church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit.
Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional
questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you
I have never been to a Catholic Mass. What do I need to know?
Many visitors choose to follow the lead of parishioners for standing,
sitting, and kneeling. If you are not comfortable or cannot use these
postures, feel free to remain seated.
Communion, or Eucharist, in the Catholic Church is the most intimate
expression of our faith. We believe that the bread and wine become the
Body and Blood of Christ while other Christian denominations view
communion as a symbolic gesture. If you are not a practicing Catholic,
we ask you to refrain from receiving the Eucharist. We invite you to
proceed forward in the communion line with your arms folded over your
chest to receive a blessing. Some non-Catholics prefer to remain in
their pew which is also acceptable.
What is a “practicing” Catholic?
A practicing Catholic is a baptized Catholic who lives out the faith by keeping the five precepts of the Church:
- Attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
- Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year.
- Receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.
- Observe the days of fast and abstinence.
- Provide for the needs of the Church through giving of time, talent, and/or treasure.
Where do my children go during Mass?
We encourage children of all ages to attend Mass and sit with their families. If you have an infant or little one we have a Cry Room where you can take them as needed.