Not Catholic?

For those who are not Catholic, we want you to know that you are very welcome at Transfiguration, and we want to help you answer any questions you may have about the Catholic faith. (Click here for an introduction to our faith and some good resources to learn more.)

Everyone is welcome to attend our church services, which Catholics refer to as the Eucharist or the Mass. This word "Mass" comes from the latin phrase that was used to send everyone out into the world at the end of worship. Our worship at Mass is at the heart of everything we do as Christians.

Going to Mass for the first time can be pretty daunting, though, so we also have ongoing opportunities for non-Catholics to meet in a more casual manner to discuss Catholic beliefs and practices. Give us a call at our church office (803-735-0512) or email us, and we will do all that we can to help you out!

 

 

Are non-Catholics allowed to attend your services?

Yes! Our church services are open to everyone. The only part of Mass that is limited to Catholics is receiving Holy Communion (see question below).

Am I allowed to receive Holy Communion during Mass?

Only Catholics who are spiritually prepared are allowed to receive Holy Communion during Catholic services. This is not to be unwelcoming or rude, but rather because of our belief in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. However, non-Catholics (or Catholics who are not spiritually prepared) are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing from the priest during Mass. Just cross your arms over your chest and Father will know to give you a blessing. For more on this question, click here.

Is there a dress code?

Catholic churches do not have a dress code. But we believe that we encounter Christ in a miraculous way at Mass, so in general, dressing up a little nicer than usual is helpful as a way of preparing ourselves to meet Jesus, and acknowledging that something special is happening at church. And of course, we should always dress modestly, in a way that encourages others to look at us as a brother or sister in Christ.

Is there a guide to the Mass?

Towards the front of our green hymnals, one can find the different Mass parts and responses. To read a great introduction to the Mass, click here.

Is there someone who I can talk to about all this?

Every Sunday morning we have opportunities for non-Catholics to meet in a more casual manner to discuss Catholic beliefs and practices. One of our volunteers would be happy to help you out and make you feel comfortable. Contact us at our church office by phone (803-735-0512), and we will do all that we can to help you out!

 

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