When we are guests in someone’s home, we most likely practice our best manners and teach our children to do the same. When we’re guests in God’s House, how much more important should our manners be! “Sunday best” attire should be honored; churchgoers of all ages should dress conservatively.
Shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate for men or women. Although not required, dress shirts and slacks are appropriate for men. Women’s dress should have modest necklines and hemlines at the knees. It goes without saying that bare shoulders, revealing necklines or tight fitting clothing are inappropriate, distracting and disrespectful in the house of the Lord.
Gum or candy should never be brought to Mass. Please turn off all cell phones before entering Mass. Likewise, texting or any other form of communication unconnected to the Mass is distracting and shows lack of respect in the House of God.
Elevation of the Host and Chalice with the words of consecration is a sacred time when Christ becomes present on the altar. There should be no movement around the church unless in an emergency. Upon leaving the Church, it is still part of the Mass to sing the closing Hymn. After the hymn, genuflect or bow reverently toward the Blessed Sacrament containing the Real Presence of Christ.
Please refrain from greeting and visiting with one another until out in the gathering space, out of respect for those who wish to remain in prayer. Let us kindly keep reverence in the House of God.