Post # 1
So I have a very awkward situation. I was baptized, raised, and still attend an evangelical lutheran church. I am currently an intern therapist through a catholic elementary school. I love the school and the staff that I work with.
However, I was informed today that all staff are required to attend mass on holy days. Thursday is Immaculate Conception, so I’m expected to attend mass. (I should put in a disclaimer here that I have no trouble attending mass, and I’m happy to participate.)
I’m assuming communion will be included Thursday. In the hometown I grew up in, the catholic churches are rather conservative and it was understood that out of respect for the catholic church you would not take communion in their church unless you completed catholic first communion classes. (I completed first communion and confirmation in the lutheran church).
My problem is that I will be in mass in front of my therapy clients (students) and my coworkers at the school. Is it still an expectation in the catholic church that Christians who are not catholic will not take communion??? Please help!!
Post # 3
Yes, I believe so. I have never heard of an instance where a Non-Catholic was allowed to take Communion. The weekend Darling Husband and I went through our Engaged Encounter, even Catholics who were not in good standing were discouraged from taking Communion. I hope that helps!
Post # 4
Yes, you should refrain from receiving. However, you can go forward in the receiving line and cross your arms over your chest to show the priest that you would like a blessing instead.
Post # 5
I am sorry for your situation, but no you should not take communion.
Post # 6
I think @jalaamarie: is right. I am Catholic and it is my understanding that you can not take communion unless you had your first holy communion in the Catholic Church. Does the school you work for know you are not Catholic? If so, some people might take offense to you recieveing communion. I would just get a blessing, (cross your arms across your cheast) or just not go up for communion at all.
Post # 7
No, you should not take communion. (And this isn’t just a feeling of “conversative” Catholic churches, it’s a universal rule.)
Post # 8
I agree with everyone else. You are not supposed to take communion unless you are Catholic. I work at Catholic school and we have teachers there that are not Catholic. They either go op in the communion line and get a blessing (walk up with uourarms crossed in an x across your chest) or they stay in the pew. Whatever you are most comfortable with, just no communion.
Post # 9
Miss Bonnie Blue exactly what she said.
Post # 10
Don’t feel awkward about not taking communion! Some Sundays if I had a bite to eat before Mass I don’t go up (Catholics are supposed to fast for 1 hour). If they know you are not Catholic they will understand. And even if they don’t know, they will still not care and probably not even notice if you hang back! You can always go up with your arms crossed for a blessing, though 🙂
Post # 11
I used to attend catholic school high school though I had left the catholic church after the 6th grade. For HS Catholic Mass that was required, I (like Magdalena said) just crossed my arms and received a blessing during communion. I have done the same thing at several catholic weddings that I have attended.
Post # 12
I’m just glad to see this is a universal rule (at least it appears). I don’t want to appear as though I don’t believe Christ is Saviour.
But it seems if I remain in the pew, or go up for a blessing, no one will bat an eye. Thank goodness!
Post # 13
It is a universal Catholic rule that non Catholics are not allowed to partake in the sacrement of marriage. I’m glad that you are checking first, that shows a lot of respect towrad the church! It shouldn’t be an issue for you not taking it, sometimes Catholics don’t for various reasons, and as the PPs said, you can always go up and cross your arms, you will get a blessing instead!
Post # 14
My dad is Lutheran and my mom is Catholic. During the wedding, my dad was allowed to take communion. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it can happen in very limited situations. But generally, if you are not Catholic, you will be asked to refrain from taking part in communion.
Post # 15
@T-Rex: When I said sacrament of marriage, I meant sacrament of communion. Can you tell what is on my mind?