Traditional standards require that ladies wear dresses, or full skirts and blouses. Hemlines must be long enough to cover the knees at all times. Necklines must be no more than two finger-widths below the collarbone. Slit skirts are not acceptable (a skirt is too tight if it needs to be slit to allow walking). Women wearing slacks, sleeveless dresses (including “capped” sleeves) or low necklines are not suitably dressed to receive Holy Communion. They should not even enter the church if their dress is immodest.
Ladies are also required to wear a suitable head-covering while in church. If you do not have a veil, there are some available to borrow at both church entrances.
Gentlemen also must wear modest and decent clothing in church. Men must wear dress slacks and dress shirt, preferably with suit coat and tie. If their attire is immodest or indecent, they should not enter the church. Flip-flops, shorts, sweats, and T-shirts are not acceptable attire in the church. The wearing of revealing, tight-fitting and transparent garments of sheer material is forbidden.
Reception of Holy Communion
The Catholic Church has always had serious requirements for the reception of Holy Communion. Thus, all those who wish to receive Holy Communion at Immaculate Conception Church must:
- Be validly baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. Due to irregularities sometimes found in baptisms since the imposition of the “New Order,” those baptized after 1970 must speak with one of the priests before receiving Holy Communion.
- Have sufficient knowledge of the traditional Catholic catechism – such as the traditional Baltimore Catechism.
- Firmly believe and profess all doctrines of the Catholic Church. One must believe and abide by traditional Catholic moral teaching, especially regarding purity and marriage. Anyone who has received a marriage annulment since 1968 must talk to the priest -Be in the state of sanctifying grace, having made a good confession to a traditional Roman Catholic priest and received absolution.
- Be fasting from solid foods and alcoholic beverages for three hours and all other liquids for one hour. (Water does not break the fast and may be taken at any time.)
- Attend only the traditionDress Codeal Latin Mass offered by a true traditional Catholic priest.
- Be dressed suitably, i.e. respectfully and modestly (ask an usher for the flyer Standards for Dress).Catholics believe that the church is the House of God and that the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, His body and blood, soul and divinity. Therefore, we expect all who enter this church to show great respect by the way they behave and the way they dress.