I am a non-Catholic currently living in a Catholic country (Austria).
I’ve long been interested in Catholicism and am very interested in visiting one of the many gorgeous churches here to experience a Saturday or Sunday mass.
I’ve attended Christmas masses before, but I had someone with me. This time I will be going on my own and since I am shy, I’d really like to just sit in the back and take in the experience without any pressure to participate.
I just wanted to ask whether it would be possible for me to do so without drawing attention to myself, as I do not know any of the songs, rules about what to say and do, etc. Would it be okay for me to sit in the back and not get up, sing, etc when everyone else does? I do not want to accidentally distract any of the churchgoers or cause any offense by not participating.
Any thoughts or advice on this matter would be much appreciated.
Thanks very much!