FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS THE ORDINARIATE CATHOLIC?
Yes. It is fully Catholic, established by the Pope as you can confirm in this decree of erection promulgated by the Vatican. The Ordinariate is a non-geographical diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
WILL THIS FULFILL MY SUNDAY OBLIGATION?
Yes. The Divine Worship form is a valid, licit Mass that fulfills your Sunday obligation, as well as any other Day of Obligation. It is part of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church which now has three forms of the Mass: Ordinary (Novus Ordo), Extraordinary (Latin Mass), and Divine Worship (Ordinariate).
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER OF THE ORDINARIATE?
"Anyone who comes into full communion with the Catholic Church or returns to the practice of the faith through the evangelizing activity of the Ordinariate qualifies for membership, regardless if they have any Anglican background or not."
WHO CAN REGISTER AS A PARISHIONER OF ST. JAMES?
Anyone is welcome to register at St. James. You do not need to be a member of The Ordinariate to register with an Ordinariate parish. It is no different than registering at any other Catholic parish.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
All are welcome no matter what is worn, however, as an act of worship, Sunday best, yet modest attire, is encouraged.
SERVICE LENGTH? WHAT IS IT LIKE?
Around an hour and fifteen minutes. You can watch recent celebrations of the Mass to get an idea of what a service is like at St. James.
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
There are bathrooms located outside the rear chapel doors both to the right and left.
WHEN DO I SIT, STAND, OR KNEEL?
You are welcome to participate in the service and follow the gestures of those around you or to simply sit and watch. Relax. No one is judging you. We are happy you are here. However, if you would like to participate you will need to pick up a blue hymnal and a ivory service tri-fold, which can be found in the narthex as you enter the church.
WHAT IF MY CHILD CRIES OR IS NOISY?
Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto me." Young ones are always welcome at St. James and are reminders of how God is blessing us as a community.
PARTAKING OF COMMUNION?
FOR CATHOLICS: All Catholics who are not conscious of grave sin and who have fasted for at least an hour, are welcome to receive communion. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession.
FOR FELLOW CHRISTIANS: We welcome you to the celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion (see exceptions).
FOR NON-CHRISTIANS: We also welcome those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.