When Attending Mass at St. Benedict's Chapel
At St. Benedict's we celebrate the Traditional Latin mass only in the pre 1955 rite of mass. It is only offered in the Latin rite. Latin is the official language of the Catholic church and this mass is offered in a solemn setting which is conducive to prayer and worship. In the traditional Latin mass, people receive communion kneeling and on the tongue. Catholics are required to fast three hours before receiving communion and to be frequent in confession. People are warmly welcome to attend the traditional Latin mass at St. Benedicts. The Traditional Latin mass has a long heritage going back to the times of the Apostles, inspiring great saints including St. Benedict of Nursia, St. Francis of Assisi, St Teresa of Avila, St, Thomas Aquinas, St Mary of the Cross e.t.c. When people attend the Latin mass as a general rule people ought to wear their Sunday best. There are a few traditional guidelines which people need to adhere. Men need to wear modest clothing including long sleeved shirts, pants and shoes and women need to wear long skirts/dresses, long sleeved shirts, as well as mantillas or head-coverings. Please arrive early for mass in order to pray and recollect thoughts on the holy sacrifice of the Mass, and consider spending time after mass in prayer and reflection. Feel free to contact Fr. Hartley if you have any questions or enquiries.