Mass Guidelines* Required This list is non-exhaustive, however, proper behaviors that are required* for inside Saint Jude Shrine include:
Dressing modestly (see Dress Code page) and wearing head coverings (women only)
Genuflecting, meaning kneeling with one knee briefly prior to sitting down and after standing up from a pew, and whenever crossing the center aisle in front of the Blessed Sacrament which is housed in the Tabernacle atop the main Altar
Silencing cell phones and not using them (texting or calling) while in the church
Speaking in a low whisper
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.
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.
The Six Commandments of the Church* Required All baptized Catholics must:
Hear Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (if within a reasonable distance from a Catholic Mass)
Fast and abstain on the days appointed and keep the Eucharistic fast (abstaining from food for at least three hours prior to Communion and abstaining from liquids for at least one hour prior to Communion)
Confess sins at least once a year
Receive the Holy Eucharist at least once in the year during Eastertide
Contribute as far as one is able to the support of the Church
Observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage