The Celebration of The Holy Mass

Monday - 12:05 pm; Tuesday - 6:00 pm; Wednesday - 12:05 pm & 6:00 pm; Thursday 9:00 am, Missa Tridentina 6:00 pm;

Friday - 9:00 am; Saturday 9:00 am, Vigil 5:30 pm; Sunday 8:30 am, High Mass 10:30 am, Spanish 12:30 pm.

Mass Times

Masses, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Holy Days of Obligation and Adoration Information

 

Week-Day Masses

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday & Saturday
12:05 PM 6:00 PM 12:05 PM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM
    6:00 PM Tridentine Mass  
      6:00 PM  

 

Week-End Masses

Saturday Vigil Sunday
5:30 PM 8:30 AM
  10:30 AM High Mass
  12:30 PM Spanish Mass

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday
4:00  to 4:45PM
and by appointment

 

Holy Days of Obligation

6:00 PM Vigil
9:00 AM
12:05 PM
7:30 PM Spanish

 

Adoration

Every Friday
Following 9:00 AM Mass until Benediction at 12:00 PM
Every First Friday
Following 9:00 AM Mass until Benediction at 5:30 PM

 

 

Etiquette for Attending Mass at Sacred Heart

 

For Mass:

Please remember the two fundamental principles upon which our behavior and attitudes in church rest:

  1. The church is a sacred space!  It is the “Lord’s house” where we come to worship God together. Sacred Silence is to be observed at all times. Please converse in the Narthex.

  2. Mass is a holy and sacred act!  It is during the Mass when all the graces and merits of our Lord’s sacrifice are applied to our souls in a sacramental fashion.


If you keep these two principles in mind, all the following  points of Mass etiquette will make perfect sense.

  • Please dress appropriately.  We should dress for Mass as if a King had invited us to a wedding feast, for that is what Mass truly is.
  • Please arrive to Mass punctually.  It is a good idea to arrive at Mass on time in order to participate in the entire liturgy. Arriving on time is also respectful to other parishioners because it prevents distractions once Mass has begun.
  • Please turn off your devices.  This includes cell-phones, pagers, or anything else that rings, beeps, or buzzes.Please do not bring any food, drink, or gum into the church.
  • Please reverently genuflect towards the tabernacle before sitting down. We do this to show respect to Jesus, our crucified King, who is present body, blood, soul and divinity in the hosts that are preserved in the tabernacle.
  • Please stay until the end of Mass.  Mass ends when Father gives the final blessing then says, “The Mass is ended, go in peace” and we say: “Thanks be to God.”  The final blessing is very powerful and will aid and protect you throughout the week.  You are encouraged to stay and sing the final recessional hymn as well.  Attending Mass in its entirety from beginning to end will give you a fuller, richer experience than leaving right away.
  • Please exit the church reverently and respectfully.  Again, this is to show respect to other parishioners and our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  There is a custom where some people stay several minutes after Mass in thanksgiving for the Eucharist they have just received.  You are encouraged to do the same.

For Holy Communion

The manner in which we approach the altar for Holy Communion is founded on the truth that the Eucharist is really and truly the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is not just a symbol or representation!  Because of this, we should approach communion with devotion, reverence, and respect.  Please keep in mind the following guidelines when receiving communion:
 

  • Fast for at least one hour before Mass:  It is customary to pray and fast before Mass in order to prepare ourselves for Holy Communion and to offer ourselves as a pure sacrifice to our Lord.  (Water and medicine do not break a fast.)You must not be conscious of any grave sin: It is seriously wrong to receive our Lord while in a state of grave (mortal) sin. If someone is conscious of grave sin, they are asked to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving communion.  In the meantime, one is encouraged to come up with their arms crossed over their chest for a blessing.
  • Receive communion with reverence and devotion:  Before approaching the priest or Extraordinary Minister of Communion, make a reverential bow in respect to our Eucharistic Lord.  Holy Communion can be received by Intinction (the priest, deacon or instituted acolyte dips the host in the precious blood).  When they say either “the body of Christ” or “the blood of Christ”, or “the body and blood of Christ” your response should only be “Amen”.  This word means, “So be it”, “It is so”, or “I believe”.  Please say it clearly and distinctly.  You can receive Holy Communion either on the tongue (this is the only method allowed for Intinction) or in the hands.  If you choose to receive in the hands, place your right hand over your left (in the shape of a little throne to receive the King of kings).  You must consume the host immediately.  It is forbidden to give the host to children who have not made their first communion or to take the host out of the church.