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Dress Code for Sunday Mass

Please observe the basic standards of dress for attendance at Mass:

  • Women and girls are expected to cover their heads. (Chapel veils or mantillas are available for loan in the vestibules of most chapels. The Sisters also have mantillas available for sale on the table in the back of the hall.)
  • Women and girls are expected to wear dresses or skirts that cover the knee completely when standing or sitting. Slacks, shorts, sleeveless, tight or low-cut clothing, and dresses or skirts with long slits are not appropriate.
  • Men and boys should wear suit coats and ties.
  • Jeans and other casual attire are inappropriate for attendance at Sunday Mass.

Church Decorum

Our decorum at Holy Mass can give greater honor and glory to Almighty God, give good example and edification to others, and increase our faith and devotion to the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The following are practical examples of the rule of decorum we should observe in church:

*  Always dress in a manner appropriate to divine worship.

*  Be on time for the start of Mass.

*  The last two rows in the church should be reserved for families with small children and those who may have to leave the church during Mass. Baby toys, food items, gum, and strollers are always inappropriate in church.

*  During Communion, please keep the line moving in a pious and orderly manner. Promote piety and prayerful contemplation by folding the hands in a pious manner.

*  At the end of Mass, allow the celebrant to leave the altar before exiting the church.

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They knew only too well the intimate bond that unites faith with worship, "the law of belief with the law of prayer," and so, under the pretext of restoring it to its primitive form, they corrupted the order of the liturgy in many respects to adapt it to the errors of the Innovators."

- Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903), Apostolicae Curae, September 13, 1896



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