Post # 1
Is anyone putting anything in their program about communion etiquette in the Catholic church?
My Mom wants me to put something about how non-Catholics are requested out of respect not to receive Communion. I’m not sure how to word this.
Post # 3
There was a thread about this not too long ago. I personally did not put anythign in the programs. But my priest made a mention about this just before communion. (And welcomed those not receiving communion to come forward for a blessing. However, I don’t believe anyone did.)
Post # 4
I’m not Catholic, but when I have attended a Catholic wedding, the priest has made it nicely clear that those who aren’t Catholic should refrain from taking communion. I think maybe your mom should leave it up to the priest.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2010 - Indian Head Camp, Honesdale Pennsylvania
I agree with PP’s. I was raised Catholic and my sister’s wedding was in a Catholic church. I’m pretty sure that she did not put it in the program, but the priest has a nice way of putting it during the ceremony.
Post # 6
Thanks Ladies! I will make sure the priest addresses this!
Post # 7
I didn’t include it in the program, at the direction of our priest. He didn’t give an explanation during the ceremony, but there weren’t any issues.
Post # 8
Yes leave it to the priest or maybe ask him if he thinks you should put something in the program.
Ours said that most non-Catholics know, just as when he is in other places of worship he knows to just follow along. Our church pieus have a little reminder card anyways. Our priest also said that if someone comes up by mistake it is not the end of the world and it is not for him to judge who is ‘worthy’, only God (and the person themself).
Post # 9
I have been trying to figure out a good way to word this myself. I am not sure of our Priest annoucing it and Fiance has a co-worker who is not Catholic but always takes communion at Catholic weddings and funerals. Fi pointed out that it was inappropriate, but according to her because she is a eucharistic minister in HER church it is her right to receive communion in the Catholic church as well.
This is what I came up with, but I don’t like it yet….
“Communion reaffirms the convanent between actively practicing Catholics and the church. While we wish we could offer communion to all our guests, it is not appropriate to take Catholic communion and pledge to the Catholic faith if you are not Catholic or do not regularly attend the Catholic church.”
Post # 10
I had nothing about it in my program. The priest explained it before communion. Perhaps ask your priest if he is going to do that, or if he is not, could he help you out with the wording in your program?
Post # 11
I just went to a catholic wedding. They took communion and the priest told anyone who was not catholic should come forward to receive a blessing. I didn’t go up, I’m a Christian, I just didn’t feel comfortable getting blessed. Make sure he makes it seem like a choice, not a demand 🙂
Post # 12
As a Christian who worships at a non Catholic church, I really appreciate being told how to receive the blessing!
I think it would be nice to read something to this effect.
We are delighted to have you worship with us today. If you are not a member of the Roman Catholic Church, Father (Monsignor) would like to give you a blessing during the serving of communion. Please come forward and cross your arms to receive a personal blessing. (The Catholics who need to go to confession will know that they are also eligible for the blessing, so they won’t be confused.)