Guidelines for the Faithful

Dress Code and the Observation of Silence

This Week

Schedule Changes

Dec 18, 2016

Masses this week are at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Christmas Day Masses next Sunday are at midnight, 8:00 am, and 10:00 am.



Dec 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

Next Saturday is Christmas Eve, and is a day of complete fast and abstinence.

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Day

Christmas Day fall this year on a Sunday.  Masses at Infant of Prague Chapel will be at midnight, 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

Prayer Intentions

For the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, its members, friends, and benefactors, and all the faithful departed whose names have been submitted to the Guild of All Souls.

For an urgent special intention.

For the health of Angie Poeppelman.



Guidelines for Attending Services

Dress Code

Since the changes in the Church, few parishes these days have a dress code. Here, however, we still believe that modest and appropriate attire at Mass is a sign of respect for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and of fraternal charity toward our neighbor. Please observe the following :

  • Women and girls should have their heads covered (chapel veils or mantillas are available at the door).
  • Women should be dressed modestly.  For Sunday Mass, the suggested dress for women includes dress or skirt.
  • Men should also dress modestly.  For Sunday Mass, the suggested dress for men includes jacket and tie.  The jacket may be omitted in hot weather.
  • Both men and women should avoid attending Mass in clothes that would be more appropriate for leisure activities than appearing before the throne of Almighty God.

A Respectful Silence

In many parish churches these days, it is considered acceptable to carry on conversations in church before or after Mass, or to make occasional comments to one's neighbors during the course of the service.

Here, however, we request that you follow the custom of maintaining silence in church during the period immediately before and after the Mass, in order to preserve an atmosphere conducive to prayer.  During Mass, any communication with one's neighbour should be limited to what is strictly necessary.  Silence is a sign of reverence in the presence of God and demonstrates your spirit of consideration toward those who wish to pray without distraction.

Please remember to shut off cell phones (or at least turn them on vibrate) before entering the church.