Dress Code?

I first saw this sign on the front door of Ms. Mae’s Bar at Magazine and Napoleon, and I loved it! Heck, if a bar can have a dress code, why can’t the church!  Summer in New Orleans is a time when we “dress down” to beat the heat. But dressing down doesn’t mean we come to Mass in the same clothes we wear on the beach! The sacredness of the Eucharistic celebration urges all of us to dress so as to manifest the importance of what we are doing. Our beautiful church also calls to mind the formality and reverence of the liturgy. I don’t see many “violations” but we should all be aware that our clothes don’t distract others. If you’re in doubt about what you’re wearing, ask Ms. Mae, who usually attends the 4:00pm Vigil Mass. Because she looks wonderful!