What To Expect
What to Expect When You Visit Holy Trinity
If you are planning to visit us at Holy Trinity here’s what you’ll encounter on our grounds, inside our church, and during our celebration of the Mass:
Our Building and Grounds
The main entrance to Holy Trinity is located on Steubenville Pike (Route 60). There is also another entrance located on Beaver Grade Rd.
Our campus consists of four main buildings. Our church, rectory, school, and Preschool.
Accessibility for the Disabled
The center main entrances to Holy Trinity Church are level with no steps. Handicapped parking is available immediately adjacent to the main church doors on both sides of the narthex.
Pews are laid out in a semi circle around the altar. You may sit anywhere you like, though we ask our visitors to please respect the following reserved areas –
- Two pews in the front right are reserved for our Eucharistic Ministers.
- One pew in the front left is reserved for our lectors and altar servers.
- One pew in the back right is reserved for our Ushers.
Restrooms are located in the rear of the church on either side of the narthex.
Babies and children of all ages are welcome at Mass. If your baby is crying excessively, we have a cry room in the narthex (located on the right side of the center aisle as you are walking out of the church). The cry room has chairs and a glass partition and speakers so you can follow along with the Mass while you tend to your child(ren).
The church is air conditioned.
Sunday celebrations of the Mass include prayers, songs, readings from the Bible and a homily from the priest related to the readings. Occasionally we’ll have a baptism or special ceremony within the Mass, or a special blessing, such as for students or those preparing for the sacraments.
The celebration of Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity usually lasts approximately one hour. You are encouraged to stay until the priest and other ministers process out of church.
If you are not familiar with the order of Mass, the books in the pew racks can guide you.
What to Wear
We encourage you to dress respectfully for Mass and other services, but you will find people attired in everything from shorts and t-shirts to suits and ties.
A cantor leads the congregation in song, as well as sung prayers and responses, and is usually accompanied by an organist or pianist. Our choir also sings during certain masses.
Collection baskets are passed person-to-person along each pew. The collection is used to support the operations and various ministries of the church, including charitable outreach. Occasionally, a second collection will be taken for a missionary or some other need.
The Sign of Peace
After praying the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father), the priest invites us to exchange a sign of peace -- usually a handshake or, between couples and families, a kiss or hug. If you are not comfortable with this gesture or have a bad cold, don’t feel obligated to participate or simply offer a nod and a wave.
Roman Catholics not in a state of serious sin, and members of various other Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches are welcome to join us in Communion. We offer the option of receiving Communion in both species – the Host (Body of Christ) and the wine (Blood of Christ). We believe the bread and wine to be totally transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.
At Communion time, the priest and Eucharistic Ministers bring the Body and Blood of Christ to various stations in the front of the church. Our congregants will be prompted by ushers to process from the pews to the distributor for their section, and follow the practice of gently bowing before receiving the Sacrament (see photo for a diagram of how people process to the front). [Image to be submitted]
The Body of Christ may be received in the hand or can be placed directly into your mouth. The Blood of Christ is distributed from a chalice. The distributor wipes the chalice clean after each recipient’s sip. Occasionally if not enough Eucharistic ministers are available, only the Body of Christ will be distributed.
Questions? Need Help?
Before and after Mass, members of our Welcome Ministry team can answer your questions. You can identify them by their Blue and Silver Welcome Ribbons. If you need help during Mass, including a need for medical attention, ushers at the rear of the church can assist you.