The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is not an earned reward for one's behavior. It is a gift freely given by God to impart to all the baptized, affiliated or not to a particular denomination, the grace necessary for our salvation. Therefore, we welcome all to the Holy Table of Christ and refuse Communion to no person who seeks it reverently. Christ did not refuse to feed the physically or spiritually hungry--neither do we.
Holy Spirit Old Catholic Church is enthusiastically committed to the welcome and inclusion of all people of faith in our worship and life.
Following the tradition of the Eastern Churches, our altar bread is leavened and normally prepared by our parishioners. In addition to the traditional elements of bread and sacramental wine consecrated for the Holy Body and Blood of Christ, pure grape juice is also consecrated for those individuals who wish to receive in this form. Please, know that gluten-free altar bread is available upon request. Please, we invite you to join us each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. or livestream on our parish FacebookGroup Page as we celebrate the joyful sacred liturgy of our ancient, synodal, Old Catholic identity. Our Catholic life and worship are based on Christian community life as it was practiced in the early, unified Church.
In the interest of good community and individual health during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are most grateful for your presence and request the following:
If you feel unwell in any way, please, remain home and take good care of yourself.
Face masks are required during our worship, social, and or gathering time together.
Please make use of hand sanitizer available at the entrances and in the lavatories.
Please, bring your Stewardship Offering/Donation in a prepared envelope and place it in the appropriate basket located in the chapel foyer. An offering basket will not be passed during the Mass.
We encourage your full participation with the use of our Sunday Bulletin for the Scripture readings and for our liturgical song during worship.
During the Kiss of Peace, please, respect and honor appropriate spacing and personal space by maintaining your face mask, using elbow "bumps", bows, or blowing a respectful kiss to your neighbor.
During the Lord's Prayer, we invite you to raise your hands and arms in a gesture of prayerful praise rather than joining hands.
For Holy Communion, we ask that communicants come forward up the center aisle as directed by the greeters to the presider to receive the consecrated Bread from the presider in the open palm of your hand. The proceed to either cup (consecrated Wine on your left OR consecrated Juice on your right) to "intinct" (dip) your consecrated Bread into either cup. The cups will be held by the clergy with a purificator linen in the front of the cup to catch any unintentional dripping of the consecrated Elements. Reverently consume your intincted consecrated Bread and return prayerfully to your seat via the side aisles of the chapel.
Following the Liturgy, coffee and light individually wrapped snacks will be available. Please, maintain wearing your face mask when you are not eating or drinking, for the sake of all. Thank you for your attentive and loving awareness as we we gather safely as the Body of Christ.