Newcomers

Chapel and Communion

Visitors are welcome to attend Holy Mass and join in offering worship to Almighty God. Holy Mass is usually offered here on weekdays at 7:00 a.m., Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., and Sundays 9:00 a.m. (It is always good to check the bulletin in case of schedule changes.)

Newcomers will notice that a prayerful silence permeates the chapel at all times. In many churches today, it is considered acceptable to carry on conversations before or after Mass, or to make occasional comments to one’s neighbor during the course of the service. Here we request that you follow the custom of maintaining silence in the church. The church is truly the House of God. Silence is a sign of reverence for the presence of God and demonstrates your spirit of consideration for those who wish to pray in silence.

Catholics believe that the Holy Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, truly, really and substantially present under the outward appearances of bread and wine. The Catholic Church teaches that in receiving Holy Communion we fulfill the command of Christ: “Unless a man eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, he shall not have life in him.” Therefore Holy Communion, the reception of the Holy Eucharist, is the culmination of every Mass.

Reception of the Holy Eucharist signifies the profession of the Catholic Faith. For one who does not profess the traditional Catholic Faith, to receive the Holy Eucharist would symbolize a unity of faith that does not in fact exist. For this reason, non-Catholics and those who do not accept the traditional teachings of the Church may attend mass, but are not permitted to receive communion.

We welcome all our guests and visitors, and encourage you to read the pamphlet “Welcome to the Traditional Latin Mass” (available in the vestibule).

Dress Code for Church Services

If this is the first time you are attending Mass here at Sacred Heart, you will notice that our parishioners do not dress casually for church services. We believe that modesty and appropriate attire are necessary, especially in church out of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. Please observe these standards of dress for attendance at church services:

  • Women and girls must cover their heads. (Chapel veils or mantillas are available in the vestibule.)
  • Women and girls must wear dresses or skirts that cover the knee completely when sitting or standing; slacks, shorts, sleeveless, tight or low-cut clothing or dresses with long cuts or slits are to be avoided.
  • Men and boys should wear collared shirts and dress pants, suit coats and ties are encouraged.
  • Casual attire is inappropriate for attendance at church services.

Instructions in the Faith

If you are interested in receiving instructions in the traditional Catholic Faith, please contact the Pastor Fr. Timothy Geckle.