The following information is common between both churches...
Sunday celebrations of the Mass include prayers, songs, readings from the Bible and a homily from the priest related to the readings. Occasionally we’ll have a baptism or special ceremony within the Mass, or a special blessing, such as for students or those preparing for the sacraments.
The celebration of Sunday Mass at NAM usually lasts approximately one hour. You are encouraged to stay until the priest and other ministers process out of church.
If you are not familiar with the order of Mass, the books in the pew racks can guide you.
What to Wear
We encourage you to dress respectfully for Mass and other services, but you will find people attired in everything from shorts and t-shirts to suits and ties.
A cantor leads the congregation in song, as well as sung prayers and responses, and is usually accompanied by an organist or pianist. Our choir also sings during certain masses.
Collection baskets are passed person-to-person along each pew. The collection is used to support the operations and various ministries of the church, including charitable outreach. Occasionally, a second collection will be taken for a missionary or some other need.
The Sign of Peace
After praying the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father), the priest invites us to exchange a sign of peace -- usually a handshake or, between couples and families, a kiss or hug. If you are not comfortable with this gesture or have a bad cold, don’t feel obligated to participate or simply offer a nod and a wave.
Roman Catholics not in a state of serious sin, and members of various other Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches are welcome to join us in Communion. We offer the option of receiving Communion in both species – the Host (Body of Christ) and the wine (Blood of Christ). We believe the bread and wine to be totally transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.
At Communion time, the priest and Eucharistic Ministers bring the Body and Blood of Christ to various stations in the front of the church. Our congregants will be prompted by ushers to process from the pews to the distributor for their section, and follow the practice of gently bowing before receiving the Sacrament. Children may accompany you, however if they are not old enough to receive the Eucharist, we ask that they cross their arms to their chest as they process up with you.
The Body of Christ may be received in the hand or can be placed directly into your mouth. The Blood of Christ is distributed from a chalice. The distributor wipes the chalice clean after each recipient’s sip.
Low-gluten hosts are available at NAM and St. Michael Churches for anyone with wheat/gluten intolerance. They are not gluten free; they contain .01% of gluten/wheat. If you need this type of host, please let Father know before the Mass begins. If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth at 412-373-0330 X 27.
Questions? Need Help?
Before and after Mass, members of our parish can answer your questions. In addition, the celebrating priest will be outside the gathering area greeting the parishioners. If you need help during Mass, including a need for medical attention, ushers at the rear of the church can assist you.