Is it really good for non-catholics to attend catholic mass? Is attending catholic mass only for those catholics and those converting to the church? Would a non-catholic really benefit much from attending sunday mass?

I myself don't know much about this so plesde explain how to think about this?

It is ALWAYS good for non-Catholics to attend Mass.  Attending Mass is welcome to anyone who wants to attend and anyone who is seeking Truth.  

A non-Catholic would ALWAYS benefit from attending Mass even though they are not eligible to receive Holy Communion.  When one attends Mass, even if they cannot receive Holy Communion, one encounters Jesus.  Jesus is always extending the invitation to get to know Him more deeply and share his life.  

The invitation is always there for those non-Catholics who attend Mass to become Catholic so they can be able to receive Holy Communion too.  

However, all people are welcome to attend Mass, even if they cannot receive Holy Communion.  


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Father Dave Bechtel


I am a Catholic priest in good standing and in active ministry in the Diocese of Scranton PA. I can answer most any question about the Catholic Faith, however my area of specialization is Systematic Theology. Systematic Theology is a branch of theology that focuses on the fundamental tenants of the Faith and the Dogmas of the Faith. I have specialization on the Reformation and Catholic vs. Protestant theology/issues and answering Protestant challenges to the Faith.


I was ordained in June of 2008. Since that time the thrust of my ministry has been specialized. In my first assignment I was an assistant pastor. A year later I was sent to work in education. I spent six (6) years in education and have now assumed my first pastorate. While education was the thrust of my ministry, nevertheless I continued to have a hand in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and prison chaplaincy. Now that I am out of education I will obviously be focusing more on parish work than specialized ministry. I have two years of formal Clinical Pastoral Education and prior to ordination I successfully pursued Board Certification for health care ministry through the NACC. My certification needs to be renewed and I plan to seek dual certification in health care ministry (NACC and APC) when I renew my certification. I have a breadth of experience working with Protestant ministers and collaborating with them to achieve the goals of hospital pastoral care and chaplaincy. These ministers run the spectrum from the liberal to the conservative.

Bachelors of Science-- University of Scranton PA Masters of Arts Theology--- Saint Mary's Seminary and University Baltimore MD Masters of Divinity--- Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary Philadelphia PA Board Certified Chaplain (up for renewal)

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