Mount St. Michael

For Newcomers:  About Chapel and Communion

Visitors will notice that a prayerful silence permeates the chapel at all times. In many churches today, it is considered acceptable to carry on conversations before or after Mass, or to make occasional comments to one’s neighbor during the course of the service. Here at Mount St. Michael, we request that you follow the custom of maintaining silence in the church. The church is truly the House of God. Silence is a sign of reverence for the presence of God and demonstrates your spirit of consideration for those who wish to pray in silence.

Visitors are welcome to attend Holy Mass and join in offering worship to Almighty God. Holy Communion, the reception of the Holy Eucharist, is the culmination of every Mass. Catholics believe that the Holy Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, truly, really and substantially present under the outward appearances of bread and wine. The Catholic Church teaches that in receiving Holy Communion we fulfill the command of Christ: “Unless a man eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, he shall not have life in him.”

Reception of the Holy Eucharist signifies the profession of the Catholic Faith. For one who does not profess the traditional Catholic Faith, to receive the Holy Eucharist would symbolize a unity of faith that does not in fact exist. For this reason, non-Catholics and those who do not accept the traditional teachings of the Church are not permitted to receive the sacraments here.

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