Dress Code for Mass attendance


At our parish office, we were thinking of putting a note in the bulletin about the proper attire to wear to Sunday Mass. We found an article, I don’t know where we got it, but is there a legitamate article anywhere that we can refer to if asked “where does it say that”?
I was asked about not wearing sleeveless blouses or dresses, since I was taught that you don’t expose your shoulders in church.
Any help would be appreciated in this.


When composing your statement, be careful not to be too scrupulous about modesty requirements. For example, sleeveless blouses or dresses are not always immodest. The immodest sleeveless tops and dresses are those that expose one’s body inappropriately. Unfortunately, trying to communicate the differences in a few words is difficult. The articles and resources below will help you. I will be praying.

Radix (Youth) on modesty: radixguys.com/oohlala1.htm

Don’t Wear That Mini to Mass by Benjamin D. Wiker

Father Bloom’s homily on modesty at Mass:

Statements from the Catechism:

2521 Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity.
2522 Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet.
2523 There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It protests, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies.
2533: Modesty protects the intimate center of the person.

Bible verse on modesty:
1 Timothy 2, 9

St. Frances de Sales on modesty:

"Opportunities seldom present themselves for the practice of fortitude, magnanimity, magnificence; but gentleness, temperance, modesty, and humility are virtues with which all the actions of our lives should be coloured."

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