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Our Mission: To focus on the Eucharist as the source of our foundation and have the commitment to Strengthen our Faith Journey through the sacraments, continued prayer, education and service with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

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When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?

We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are our Masses?
St. Mary Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5:30 pm (Ad Orientem) | Sunday: 7:00 am & 10:30 am | Tuesday: 8:10 am | Friday: 8:10 am

ReconciliationTuesday: 7:45 - 8:00 am | Friday: 7:45 - 8:00 am
Exposition of the Blessed SacramentTuesday: 7:00 am | Friday: 7:00 am

St. John the Baptist Mass Schedule
Saturday: 4:00 pm | Sunday: 9:00 am (Ad Orientem) | Wednesday: 7:30 am | Thursday: 7:30 am

Reconciliation: Wednesday: 7:00 - 7:15 am | Thursday: 7:00 - 7:15 am | Saturday 3:00 - 3:45 pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesday: 6:50 am | Thursday: 6:50 am

What does Ad Orientem mean?
During a Mass celebrated Ad Orientem (to the East), the priest offers Mass facing the same direction as the people, because he and the people together are offering worship and sacrifice to God. He is not turning his back on the people to exclude them. Rather, as a Christian community, are all facing ad orientem (i.e. toward the east) waiting in joyful expectation for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who will come again in glory.  To help you better understand this ancient form of celebrating Mass, we invite you to watch this short video:  
Ad Orientem Mass Explained

What is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration?
Exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is a very old devotion in our Church that highlights the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist– that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic adoration is a Eucharistic practice in the Roman Catholic church in which the Blessed Sacrament is adored by the faithful. This practice may occur either when the Eucharist is exposed, o r when it is not publicly viewable because it is reserved in the Tabernacle. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ who is present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. 

 

What should I wear?

1) At every Mass, we should take seriously the importance of dressing well for Mass – as the Mass is an encounter with Christ the King.

2) Remember that we are also called to love our neighbor as ourselves – and therefore our dress should not cause us to be uncharitable to others (either in our own appearance becoming a distraction to others; or in any tending to see ourselves as “better” than others whom we deem as inappropriately dressed).

3) Finally, we should all strive to grow in setting a good example, so that others might follow our lead by what we do.

I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
For non-Catholics, or even Catholics who haven’t attended Mass in years, the various postures of  the congregation can be confusing. It can seem like the everyone is standing, sitting or kneeling at random, leaving you with no clue as to what to do next.  In reality, these postures are all designed purposefully and have great symbolism.

Below is a brief slideshow highlighting the main parts of the Mass and the postures of the congregation associated with them.

https://aleteia.org/slideshow/slideshow-heres-when-to-stand-sit-or-kneel-at-a-catholic-mass/?from_post=417879

I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in holy communion?

Catholics who are spiritually prepared to receive our Lord in the Eucharist are invited to come forward to receive Holy Communion.   Catholic or non-Catholics, if you are unable to receive Communion, but wish to still come forward in the Communion line, we ask that you indicate that you are not receiving Communion by crossing your hands over your chest so that you can receive a blessing from the Priest or Deacon.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider St. Mary's and St. John's your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to our parishes on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash at the offertory during the Mass, or you can sign up for online giving here. 

I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?

Both St. Mary and St. John the Baptist have installed a "hearing loop."  This allows all sound amplified in church to also be transmitted through a hearing aid right into a person's ear! Those with hearing challenges should switch their hearing aid to the t-coil setting to take advantage of this technology.  Most hearing aids have t-coils, although that feature is not always turned on. The t-coil program is sometimes called the telephone program. If there is a push button on your instrument, it is likely the telecoil program is an option but it may not have been activated by your audiologist. Please contact your audiologist to find out if your instruments have the telecoils.