Holy Mass is the highest form of prayer in the Catholic Church. “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Catechism 1324) In the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” (Catechism 1374) Therefore, out of respect for the Real Presence of Our Lord, please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early to Mass. Use this time to prayerfully offer The Lord your entire being; clear your mind, offer Him even your distractions, so you can fully participate in the Great Mystery of Our Faith. Please consider also showing the great respect and reverence you have for this sacred liturgy by always wearing your “Sunday best” with modesty. Thank you also for observing other common signs of reverence and respect, such as not chewing gum and silencing your phones.
The Reception Of Communion: We welcome to Communion those who are in full communion with the Catholic Faith. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin (1 Cor 11:27-29) and normally should have fasted for one hour (Canon Law 919 §1). Elderly people, those who are ill, and their caretakers are excused from the Eucharistic fast (Canon Law 191 §3). We invite those who are not receiving Holy Communion to remain seated during the communion procession and join us in spirit of prayer for the peace and unity of the entire human family.