About the Liturgy

We come together as a community to celebrate the Liturgy, also known as the Mass. The Mass is a public, communal worship service consisting of the:

  • Penitential Rite
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • Concluding Rite

At the Sunday 11:30 AM Mass, we use the sacramental Holy Incense. While the sanctuary is ventilated, those with sensitivities should choose seats away from the altar. 

Back to Basics

To someone from the outside looking in, our rituals as we enter the sanctuary and participate at Mass may seem perplexing--holy water, crossing ourselves, bowing, kneeling, and genuflecting--to name a few. As life-long Catholics, we perform these automatically, perhaps without giving it a second thought, or a moment of reflection on the sacred intention.
(Click each of the following to learn more about the meaning and intention of each ritual.)

 

Mass Etiquette and Hospitality

Welcome to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church!  As Catholics, we believe that the Church is the House of God, to which He invites all His children, where they may give thanks, prayers, and worship their God and Creator.

Like any house to which one is invited, there is always some sort of basic etiquette and God's house is no different.  Below are some basics to allow others to worship as well.

* Please turn off all electronics (cell phones, tablets, etc.).

* No food, drinks, or chewing gum, please.

* Please assist the Ushers by moving to the center of the pew to allow others to find a seat more easily.

* Arrive early and please do not leave before the Priest.

* Arrive and leave quietly, out of respect for those who are praying.

* Out of reverence, please genuflect to the tabernacle before entering or leaving the pew.

* If you pass before the altar, please bow reverently, and bow before receiving the Eucharist.

* Participate fully during Mass by joining in song and responses.

* Modest dress is appreciated.  Men, please remove your hats.

* Please refrain from walking up and down the aisles during the Consecration and related prayers (from the end of the Holy, Holy to the great Amen).

* Please do not receive from the chalice if you are sick, and be respectful of others during the sign of peace or before holding hands.

* After Mass, please place worship books in the pew shelf.

* Please remove any trash or items that you may brought to Church.

* Don't try to conduct business with the Priest right before or after Mass.  Right before Mass, the Priest is usually trying to prepare spiritually for the sacrifice of the Mass amid concerns about whether candles are lit, servers have shown up, and the heating or air conditioning is working.  And right after Mass, he is occupied with greeting departing worshippers and fielding questions and alerts from Ushers and other Liturgical Ministers.  Rest assured that anything you ask him to do or be aware of when he gets back to the office on Monday will be long forgotten, having only added to his stress level during his Sabbath ministry.  Rather than asking the Priest a specific question, call the Parish Office to discuss your concern.  Don't take it personally if the Priest doesn't take the call himself.  Very often it is another person on staff who handles what you are calling about. 

* All children are welcome in the main sanctuary.

We consider you part of our St. John the Baptist Catholic Church family.  Please celebrate with us!

Frequently Asked Questions

Reflections on the Mass 

In his book, Exploring the Catholic Church, Marcellino D'Ambrosio helps us understand the mystery of the Eucharist and the presence of Christ at the Mass, and explains the concept of the sacrifice referred to during Mass. He helps us understand the following questions: (Click each question to read more.)