[quote="DebbieS, post:5, topic:306890"]
Really? The priest who baptised and confirmed me did it all the time...now I'm worried...
I think it also depends on the priest . . . but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
[quote="Chatter163, post:6, topic:306890"]
There probably is no reason to bring a bible. If you feel that you need to follow along in the scripture readings (as opposed to just listening to them proclaimed), most parishes have missalettes that include the Order of Mass and the readings.
As for the Saturday evening crowd being smaller than Sunday morning, please don't count on that. While it does vary by parish, most Saturday evening Masses are just as full as any on a Sunday.
Alright, great. Thanks for letting me know. I will leave my Bible at home :)
About the crowd thing, I will keep that in mind. On the other hand, it might be a good thing if there is a lot of people. It will make it easier for me to imitate their actions.
[quote="waanju, post:7, topic:306890"]
SECOND all of this.
Following along in the missalette is nice too because it has all the responses that are on the mass card, and you don't have to shuffle in the middle of mass to find the right pages of the Bible (since there are three readings)
Great advice! Thanks :)
[quote="po18guy, post:8, topic:306890"]
It depends on the Diocese. You could ask Fr. before the mass. You will notice that many Catholics also refrain from the Eucharist. Some of them need to receive absolution, but still meet their obligation to attend mass. Some, often spouses, are not Catholic, like yourself. You will not be alone either going forward or remaining in your pew.
I sometimes take mine so that I can follow along on the readings, but it is more important to listen to them attentively.
If you do not have a copy, think about buying Catholicism for Dummies. It is an excellent, easily read resource with solid teaching that you can rely on for years to come.
Thanks for the advice. I will just leave my Bible alone, actually. And thanks for the book recommendation. I will purchase a copy for my Kindle.
[quote="dee_burk, post:9, topic:306890"]
Good for you for going to your first Mass, i am an extreme introvert so it is still hard for me. I have been going for a month now and am still too petrified to talk to anyone...especially the priest...
Oh, trust me, this is not easy. I am absolutely petrified. I'm scared out of my mind. But if I don't do it today, I will never go my whole life. And it's something that I have to do.
[quote="daisybee, post:10, topic:306890"]
For a quick overview, see this article that explains the Mass step-by-step: americancatholic.org/newsletters/cu/ac0889.asp
About speaking with the priest--well, you may or may not be able to. Sometimes on Saturday night a priest will be rushing off to be a celebrant for a wedding, or to say another Mass for a teenagers' retreat, etc etc.
But parish secretaries are great at setting up appointments for the pastors and other priests on staff. Feel free to call the parish and ask for an appointment to speak to the priest if you'd like to speak with him a little longer than you might be able to after Mass.
Thank you!! That article really helped explain everything. I think I am better prepared now. And thanks for the advice about talking to the priest. I will try to set up an appointment if things work out. I really appreciate the advice! :)
[quote="tuscany, post:11, topic:306890"]
You are correct. I've also been told and have read that only those going to Communion should walk up. It is THE important event going on at that time, and people going up to get a blessing are taking away from that importance. That is why one waits until the END of Mass and that's when Father blesses everyone.
That's very true. Thanks for the confirmation. I just wanted to be sure. I certainly don't want to mess up. :blush:
[quote="Catholic1954, post:12, topic:306890"]
It sounds like you are all set. You can do anything the rest of the congregation does, except receive Communion of course. Bringing your rosary is ok, but you probably will not have a chance to use it. You might want to arrive early to look around a bit and you will probably be more comfortable sitting in the back half of the church, it will be easier to observe the responses.
Alright, thanks! I will try to leave around 30 minuets early (it's like a 5-10 minute drive). I like to carry the rosary with me, even if I don't have a chance to use it. It's just something I like. Is it appropriate for me to request the priest to bless it? Like, during a private meeting? Or should I abstain from that since I'm not a catholic yet?