FAQ’s About Mass
Coming to a new place can be intimidating. You may not know anybody, where to go once you're here, or even how to get here in the first place. We want to make it a little easier to find your way around and get connected by answering some of the questions that you may have before you come.
I’m not Catholic. Can I still worship at St. Monica?
Yes, All are welcome to worship with us at St. Monica. If you decide you’d like to convert to the Catholic faith, our RCIA program will help guide you through the process. Go to www.stmonica.net/rcia to learn more.
Is childcare available during Mass?
We have babysitting available at the 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses on Sunday in the Simon Center. Children ages 2 and up are welcome at childcare. There is a suggested donation of $10 per family.
What do I wear to church?
At St. Monica, you will find a variety of dress styles. Jesus welcomed people from all walks of life and in all manner of dress and so do we! There are many people who dress up and there are many who dress more casually.
Am I expected to give money if I come to Mass?
No. There is no charge to attend worship. If you choose to place an offering in the collection, we thank you for your generosity.
Can I receive Holy Communion if I’m not Catholic?
Everyone is welcome to come forward for a blessing. Only those who are Catholic may receive Holy Communion. To receive a blessing, come forward with your hand over your heart and we would be honored to pray over you with God’s blessing.
Which Mass should I attend?
In addition to daily Mass during the weekdays, we have several options available on both Saturday and Sunday. Each of our weekend Masses has a unique character and speaks to people with varying taste in music, from very traditional to contemporary Christian.
- Saturday Vigil 5:30 pm (Contemplative/Traditional and Contemporary)
At this Mass, Cesar Marquez directs a small ensemble with a mix of contemporary & traditional hymns, gregorian chant, Taizé, Praise & Worship, and acapella. Accompaniment is grand piano/organ/keyboard with occasional rhythm section.
- Sunday 7:30 am (Contemplative/Traditional, Gospel, and Contemporary)
This Mass has great music from our liturgical tradition both ancient and new -- chant to popular -- led by Gary Denk with piano/organ accompaniment.
- Sunday 9:30 am (Family / Contemporary)
The 9:30 Liturgy is sometimes referred to as our “family” Mass. Families and people of all ages attend and are uplifted by music under the direction of Daniel Wargo. At this Mass, a special Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered as well as babysitting services in the Simon Center. On the first Sunday of the month, an intergenerational choir made up of adults and children 7 and older leads music under the direction of Arielle Phan.
- Sunday 11:30 am (Family / Traditional)
This Mass has a more traditional feel, with accompaniment equally on organ and piano. Music is selected from the vast repertoire of the Church’s musical heritage and spanning periods and styles from Early Music & Classical to current liturgical hymns and songs. Merrick Siebenaler directs this ensemble.
- Sunday 1:15 pm (Youth / Contemporary-Modern)
This Mass features music by the group Monica’s Joy under the direction of Jeffrey Bonilla. The group is composed of high school and college-age students who come together to make great music and lift the community’s heart, mind, and soul to the Lord.
- Sunday 5:30 pm (Young Adults / Contemporary-Modern)
This vibrant Mass is geared equally towards young adults and the young-at-heart! Known for its pop/rock and soulful gospel-style music, the choir and house band are led by musical director Jeffrey Bonilla. You'll want to arrive early for this popular evening Mass! Babysitting services are available in the Simon Center.