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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of some questions we anticipate you may have. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to reach out. Also, you may learn anything about the CEC, liturgy, beliefs and much more by visiting this page. Thank you!

The CEC is not a derivative or associated with any other denomination. It is entirely separate. You may learn more about this here.

A liturgical/sacramental worship style includes the practices that were present in the first five centuries of the church.

The core difference between the Catholic church’s teachings and the CEC is that the CEC believes that all that is necessary for salvation is for a person to believe and accept Jesus’s sacrifice and enter into a personal relationship with Him. There are other differences you are welcome to read about here.

We believe the only prerequisite to receiving holy communion is that one be a Christ-follower.

You are welcome to come as you are. Some people wear business casual, some people wear jeans.

We have a full band (drums, guitar, keyboard) and a typical music set can include anything from Reckless Love to How Great Thou Art.

Compared to other forms of liturgical/sacramental churches, the CEC is relatively new. Most evangelical churches today do not include any form of liturgy so most people when searching for churches, do not realize there is a denomination that blends all 3: liturgical, sacramental and evangelical.

We are everything from single, middle aged and seniors to empty nesters, single parents and newly married. We are teachers, retirees, volunteers, retail clerks, office personnel and many more.

When the c in “catholic” is not capitalized, the word is referring the universal church, meaning the whole of God’s church in the world, those who He calls His own. The word is not referring to the Roman Catholic denomination.

“It is, but God has given us the Sacraments and the Liturgy as a means of experiencing the grace He freely gives.”

We do have a children’s curriculum and CORI checked teachers for when we are graced to have children join us.

Not exactly, but we have described it briefly below.

The Lord's Prayer

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,a]”>[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13 NIV

The Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. (source:

Entering into His Presence,
Knowing He Meets Us
Where We Are.

What To Expect During
a Sunday Service

We recognize that visiting a new church can cause anxiety. This is especially true when you have no experience with a different worship style. For that reason, we have briefly outlined the parts of the worship service here, but you may once again, look at more detail or ask any questions you may have even after reading this.

  • If you arrive by 10:30 a.m., our own Caitie Shalvey will greet you at the door of the building, hand you a church bulletin and guide you to the elevator where we meet on the 3rd floor.
  • At 10:30 a.m., Gene Shalvey and the band invites us to stand and begin worship with a song of praise to God.
  • After the first song, Fr. Mike leads everyone in prayer of confession and upon absolution, the music resumes. After the time of singing, the Scripture readings follow. There is always old and New Testament readings. Some are responsively read.
  • Fr. Mike then teaches from the Word, there’s a brief time of prayer, another song and a few moments of greeting one another with the peace of the Lord.
  • A time of offerings and tithes follows the greeting and then the preparation for the Holy Eucharist begins. The band leads everyone in worship after the Eucharist and then Fr. Mike announces the benediction. Once service is dismissed, everyone is welcome to stay for coffee and refreshments as well as Bible studies.

"The Sacraments impart the grace of God, particularly baptism and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist." (CEC)

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4 Railroad Avenue Suite 309 | Wakefield MA | 01880

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