Get a load of this great announcement in the parish bulletin of St. Patrick’s Basilica in Ottawa:
BASILICA DRESS CODE!
The expression “Sunday clothes” and ”Sunday best” seems to have gone out of style. But it is still important to dress well for Sunday Mass. We are in God’s House, and we are worshiping God and receiving Holy Communion. Our attitude should be one of reverence and respect and this should be expressed in how we dress. No doubt we would dress appropriately if we were meeting a head of state or a dignitary. At Mass we meet Christ in a special, sacramental way. Mass is not the place to “be yourself” in the sense of dressing the way you dress lounging at home or going shopping. Mass is a holy event, in a holy place, and so we dress accordingly. Any kind of revealing clothing worn by men or women is not appropriate for Mass. If we should follow the rules of modesty in everyday life, it is especially important to dress modestly at Mass. To be more specific, any kind of skimpy clothing should not be worn and one should avoid wearing shorts. Even if the weather is warm, Mass is usually less than an hour, so the sacrifice of a little comfort can be made. For those who really wish to wear some kind of abbreviated clothing, knee length clothing can be considered and is usually fairly acceptable. Again, we express what Mass means to us by the way we dress for Mass. Let us not dress to please others, or to please ourselves. Let us dress to please God, showing respect and gratitude for all that God has given us. Thank you
This is awesome! Thank you Fr. Siok!