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When you visit

Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?

We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are services?

Masses

7 a.m. Tuesday-Friday @ Holy Cross

Tuesday

8:30 a.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Mary's

Wednesday

8:30 a.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Francis 

Friday

8:30 a.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Mary's

Saturday

4 p.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Mary's

4:30 p.m. @ Holy Cross

Sunday

8 and 10 a.m. @ Holy Cross

8:30 and 10:30 a.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Mary's

When is confession available?

Saturday

11 a.m.-noon @ Holy Cross

3-3:30 p.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Mary's

When are the churches open for Adoration?

Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. @ Holy Cross

Tuesday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. @ St. Katharine Drexel-St. Mary's

Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. @St. Katharine Drexel-St. Francis 

What should I wear?

We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.

Where do my children go?

Our parishes believe it is important for children of all ages to attend Mass with their families. Therefore, we do not offer separate children’s services. A “cry room” is located at SKD-St. Mary's with a sound system to allow you to hear and participate in the Mass. Parishioners with young children also can easily listen to Mass in the Narthex at both Holy Cross and SKD-St. Francis. 

I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?

There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of parishioners. However, we do have worship aids located in each pew that provide you with the order of the Mass, the postures, and the words to each prayer. If you don't see a worship aid in your pew, ask an usher, and they will be happy to bring you one.  

I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?

Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion.  However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.