Mass Etiquette

"When you are attending Mass and other religious services, be very reverent when you stand up, kneel, and sit. Perform each action with great devotion. Be modest in your gaze, and do not turn your head this way and that to see who is coming or going. Out of reverence for that holy place, do not laugh or look around to see who is nearby. Try not to talk to anyone unless charity or a strict need requires it.

"If you are reciting a group prayer, pronounce the words of the prayer distinctly, stop for the pauses, and never hurry through the prayer.

"In short, behave in such a way that all bystanders are edified and, because of you, are moved to glorify and love the heavenly Father.

"When you leave the church, have a calm and collected demeanor."

Words of Padre Pio, July 25, 1915


The guidelines below are intended to prepare newcomers for what to expect at a traditional Latin Mass at Saint Jude Shrine Catholic Church.
Note: *An asterisk means that something is absolutely required. Please review before attending.

Dress Code* Required

What to Expect

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass requires the utmost attention and reverence. In it, the host is transformed into the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (see our page on the Holy Eucharist). Therefore it is imperative for the faithful to respect the solemnity of the event and the space as soon as they enter the church doors.

It is recommended that Catholics go to Confession often (Confession times can be found here) and especially if they have committed a mortal sin, in which case they must confess their sins to a validly ordained priest in order to be forgiven and receive Holy Communion.

Mass Guidelines* Required

This list is non-exhaustive, however, proper behaviors that are required* for inside Saint Jude Shrine include:

Receiving Communion*

Those eligible to receive Holy Communion are baptized Catholics in the state of grace with no restrictions from receiving (for more information see our page about the Holy Eucharist). Communion is distributed on the tongue only to those kneeling at the Communion Rail, unless due to a handicap they must stand or sit.  Those returning to their pews should keep their hands folded in reverence for the Blessed Sacrament which they have just received.

What is also encouraged

For parents with small children

In the hall adjacent to the church, the Mass is livestreamed on a big screen so that parents with small children can monitor their children as well as attend to the Mass. When time for Communion comes around, parents may enter the church with their children to receive and return to the hall afterwards.

For mothers who are breastfeeding

There is a room in the hall of Saint Jude's provided for mothers who are currently breastfeeding.