Question: How are we expected to behave at Mass:
Answer: Here is our (South Florida) list of expectations:
1. Arrive on time; at least a few minutes before Mass is to begin. Better yet, come in time to pray the Rosary with your fellow parishioners. Fill up the front seats, leaving the rear seats free for those arriving later.
2. Dress properly. While we live in the tropics, we hope that when you visit our Lord you will dress at least as well as you would to meet any important human dignitary; say, the Governor of the State or the President. Shorts are out of order. Modesty is imperative. Veils or other head coverings are appropriate for ladies.
3. Observe silence in the church or other place where Mass is offered, both before and after Mass. Have regard for the peace and quiet of those who remain to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.
4. You are invited to receive Communion if you are a practicing Catholic, fasting, and in the state of grace. Serious sins must be confessed sacramentally before receiving Communion. If you have a question about how the laws of fasting apply to you, please discuss it with Father.
5. Confession monthly or more often is strongly urged. Confessions are heard before any of the Sunday and Feast day Masses, or by mutual appointment.
6. Kneel to receive Holy Communion if you are able; otherwise stand. We are willing to accommodate any reasonable physical need -- if you have one, discuss it with Father before Mass. As the Host is truly the Body and Blood of Christ, we do not give Communion in the hand.
7. After Mass, spend a moment in giving thanks to our Lord for offering the Holy Sacrifice, and for Holy Communion if you have received It.