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Ask the Register: can I attend Mass?

Q. I am not a Catholic but am intrigued by the Catholic Church. Can I attend Mass?

A. Yes. Everyone is always welcome at Mass and the other celebrations and activities of the Catholic Church.

I think a good number of people reading this column may have the same question. I’m grateful for you asking. On any given Sunday there are a good number of non-Catholics at Mass – for example, non-Catholic spouses of lifelong Catholics.

I might suggest you find a Catholic friend and ask if you can attend Mass with him or her. Ask that person to help you follow the structure of the Mass. At this point you can do everything a Catholic can (if you wish), that is, genuflect, stand, sit, kneel, respond to the readings, sing, etc.

The one thing you would not be able to do at this time is receive the Eucharist as this would require a profession of faith.

The Eucharist is the center of the Catholic Church. Read the Gospel of John, chapter 6. I think in reading this and reflecting on it one will be drawn even more to the Lord and His church. I also recommend you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church – it is available online, and everything that we believe in is there.

There are a number of excellent books on the Eucharist. One that I would recommend is: “The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth” by Scott Hahn. If you do not know a Catholic who would go with you to Mass contact me at this address: Ask the Register, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 10, Lincoln, NE 68506 and I will find someone to go with you.

This question was answered by a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln. Write to Ask the Register using our online form, or write to 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 10, Lincoln NE 68506-6100. All questions are subject to editing. Editors decide which questions to publish. Personal questions cannot be answered. People with such questions are urged to take them to their nearest Catholic priest.

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