We are so glad you want to join us for Mass!
Whatever your circumstances, we thought the questions and answers below might be helpful to you.
What if I haven't been to Mass in a while?
The good news is, while the Mass hasn’t changed, you have! Whatever your circumstance, the Mass and Jesus Christ in the Eucharist are calling you back. So come home. We want you to join us at the “Paschal Banquet” of our Lord (CCC 1323). “For he satisfies the thirsty, fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:9). And if your lengthy absence makes you feel unworthy to receive His Body and Blood, then make time to go to Confession so you can be made new. God’s mercy is abundant and He desires for you to return fully to Him.
I've done some messed up stuff since I last went to Mass. Should I really come?
If a person is in a really good place in his or her life, then Mass is a great place to praise and thank God (who made it all possible). But, if a person is in a place where they are lower than they have ever been, then Mass is a great place for them to get some real help from a God who really loves them.
The fact is that God loves you, no matter what. And honestly, if you have messed up, there is no better place for you to be than at Mass.
However, there is one caveat. As Catholics, we believe “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’” (CCC 1324), and that because of this, “anyone who desires to receive Christ in the Eucharistic communion must be in a state of grace.” (CCC 1415). If you truly have searched your soul and don’t feel in a ‘state of grace,’ then we encourage you to make time to meet with a priest and go to confession before receiving Christ in the Eucharist. While the Mass can convert your heart, God wishes to pour out his mercy and grace upon you through the amazing Sacrament of Penance. Confession will wipe your soul clean, preparing you to not just attend Mass, but receive Christ’s Body and Blood while at Mass.
What's an easy way for me to be prepared for Mass?
Second, one of the best ways to get more out of Mass is to make some time to go to Confession at least once a month. Most people are surprised to find out how much of a difference it makes in their experience of Mass (and even God in their daily life) when they build the habit of getting to Confession regularly. You don’t necessarily have to “feel bad” for something to go to Confession. In fact, you can go just because you know that you need to open yourself up in a deeper way to God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Third, get involved in a Bible Study. While it is very important to be reading the Bible on your own, a person can really grow when they are able to get involved in a small group. We have several options here at St. Francis, and you are always welcome to join.
I've never been to a Catholic Mass. Can I come check it out?
Is anyone allowed to receive Communion at Mass?
As Catholics, we believe “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’” (CCC 1324). Because of this, anyone who desires to receive Christ in the Eucharist must be in full communion with the Catholic Church and in a state of grace (CCC 1415). Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of a oneness of faith, life, and worship; therefore, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are not ordinarily admitted to Holy Communion.
We welcome our fellow Christians to the celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharistic celebration will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (John 17:21). All who join us at Mass are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another, even if they are not Catholic and do not receive Communion.
What if I don't know what to do at Mass or don't know anyone there?
Mass is interpreted for the deaf every Sunday, except the first Sunday from September through May. Those Sundays, the interpreted mass is offered at St. Rita’s in Fort Worth. For more information, contact Connie Martin at 817.560.3300 ext. 305. Deaf persons can also call by video phone at 817.591.0186 or email Connie at email@example.com.