Holy Family Parish is a welcoming faith community and we sincerely hope that you will take the opportunity to visit us and celebrate with us. If you are attending a celebration of the Mass, we encourage you to read on as this information will help you feel comfortable and, if you feel able, to participate in the celebration with us.
A very important thing to understand is that a Catholic Church is a holy and sacred place of worship. We believe that it contains the true presence of God in his incarnate Son Jesus. We don't believe this, merely, in a spiritual sense, but also in a material sense. Every Catholic Church contains a tabernacle in which the precious body and blood of Jesus is contained. We understand that this is a challenging thing to understand and believe in and we don't require all visitors to embrace the concept, however; we do ask that you show respect and reverence for the nature of the space in which we gather to celebrate.
Because we believe in something so incredible, we ask that you observe the following practices alongside us as we come together.
- Please remove hats (for men).
- Please discard any chewing gum.
- Leave food and drinks outside of the naive of the Church.
- Dress appropriately and modestly (use your discretion).
- Turn cell phones and other noisy devices off or silent.
- If you would like to follow along with the readings, prayers, and responses, please ask a greeter for a missal which is a small book which contains this information.
- Come a little early to get settled.
- We encourage you to spend time in prayer before and after the mass is celebrated.
- Introduce yourself to the greeters and feel free to ask them any questions you might have.
- Use the materials in the pews to sing along if you're comfortable doing so.
- Please refrain from receiving the Eucharist (the body and blood of Jesus in the form of bread and wine) if you are not Catholic or are unprepared. Instead you may approach the alter with your arms crossed over your heart to indicate you would like to receive a blessing.
- We understand that this can make visitors feel excluded, however; because of what we believe about the Eucharist, we invite participants to prepare themselves to receive something so profound and do so with as much information as possible. If you are not currently Catholic, we encourage you to look into our RCIA program which is a journey of initiation to help prepare you for the reception of this incredible gift.