What to Expect

What to Expect

We’re so glad you’re here! If you’re new to the parish, to the Catholic faith or if you’re just stopping by our website out of curiosity, welcome! We’d love to meet you. On this page, you can find answers to some questions you might have about what you can expect to find at St. Mary’s on the weekend!

Where should I go when I get there?

Park in the parking lot, follow the path around the side of the Church and come to the front door! Our greeting and welcome team will meet you there! If you have questions about where the bathrooms are, how our children’s programs work or anything else, you can ask anyone with a St. Mary’s lanyard and name tag. You are welcome to any seat in the church! The words of the songs and mass responses will be on the screen for your convenience.

What can I expect at Mass?

We’re Catholic, so if you have been to Mass before you will recognize the liturgy and prayers. However, we also do things a bit differently than you may be used to at a Catholic Mass. We use contemporary worship music (songs you might hear on the radio) as well as traditional hymns. Our masses usually run about 70-80 minutes long, for two good reasons:

· We emphasize praise – lifting up our hearts and voices to worship God. You’ll notice we spend extra time enthusiastically singing and praising God. You’re welcome to join in joyfully, participate quietly or simply experience it reflectively.

· We value sound preaching. Our priests’ give challenging and inspiring homilies each week, and sometimes they are offered in a series. During these series, we pick a topic and walk through it together for a few weeks. If you’d like to get a sense of the powerful preaching you will hear at St. Mary’s, you can listen to homilies from past Sunday Masses here.

What do you do for kids?

We love seeing children at mass! Each week we have Children’s liturgy for kids aged 4-8. Children under 3 should be accompanied by an adult. Children’s liturgy is a half-hour activity for children aged 4-8 that takes place during Mass. Led by experienced teachers, the program helps all children attending learn about Jesus! For more information about our children’s liturgy, click here.

*Please note, there is no children’s liturgy during the summer. It will start up again in September. Have a great summer break!

Is there anything after Mass?

After every Mass, we invite you to join us downstairs in the parish hall for coffee, snacks and fellowship – a great chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We’d love for you to join us! Grab a mug, fill up with some java and join in the conversation. You can also check out our parish library, which has a vast number of books, CDs and DVDs that you’re welcome to read and borrow. Something else you will notice is that after every mass, we have teams of people that stay up at the front of the Church. They are our prayer teams. If you feel comfortable, you can go up to them and they will pray with you for anything you might need.

I don’t think I’m ready to go to Mass. Is there something else I could attend?

Absolutely! We have a number of events that you can check out. If you’re a young adult (in your 20s & 30s), we have an active young adults group, called Bayswater & Young, that meets weekly for Sunday Brunch and holds monthly events (first Saturday of every month). If you are a teenager or have a teenager in grades 6 – 12, we have a weekly youth group on Friday night. If you some big questions about life and Christianity (and want a free meal!), check out Alpha. Looking for God or want to go deeper somehow? Join us for an evening of prayer called Night of Worship and Ministry or sign up for the New Life Retreat.

See our events page to see what events are coming up next!

What else do I need to know?

Everyone is welcome! No matter what you believe or where you have come from, we’d love for you to join us. We’re here for you! If you have any questions before your visit, email us!