If you're visiting from out of town or have newly relocated to the area, and wish to approach the Holy Chalice -- contact the parish priest ahead of time. It's both a courtesy and the protocol. Introduce yourself. Let him know:

  • the parish you attend(ed) and the jurisdiction;
  • your priest's name;
  • others who may be traveling with you;
  • if you're properly prepared to receive Holy Communion, i.e.,
    • not under a penance,
    • fast regularly under the guidance of your father confessor,
    • have gone to Holy Confession recently,
    • observe a Eucharistic fast,
    • in so far as you're able, at peace with others.

Then, please arrive for the Liturgy on time. And please stay afterwards, if you can, for a bite to eat and some fellowship.