What to expect

What to expect at church on Sundays

Sunday is a special day set aside for worship, rest, and family. Catholics have gathered for worship at Sunday Mass for over 2000 years, from the very start of the Church.

Sunday Mass is the name for the action of worship of Catholic Christians which has it origins in Jesus Christ. Sunday Mass has a structure with biblical readings and prayers, the Order of Mass.

One does not need to know the Order of Mass to attend; anyone is welcome to attend and follow with the congregation. The parish bulletin available at every weekend Mass has material from the Order of Mass printed on the front. For more information about the Mass please click here.

Duration
Sunday Mass generally lasts for about one hour. Visitors are not expected to give on the collection plate.

Parking
Parking is available beside or very near to each of our churches.

Entrances
All our churches have visible entrances on the street side of the buildings.

Children welcome
Families with children are most welcome to Mass.

Seating
There is plenty of seating on the pews none of which are reserved. Newcomers who are less familiar with the order of Mass may wish to sit near the middle of the church in order to follow the rest of the congregation during the service.

Toilets
There are bathroom facilities at each of our churches. Just ask at the door for directions.

Dress
Respectful dress is customary at Mass.

Holy Communion
Partway through the service members of the congregation will process forward to receive Holy Communion. Non-Catholics are welcome to receive a blessing by coming forward with arms folded on the chest, and of course Catholics properly disposed* can come forward to receive the Body of the Lord.