Post # 1
Thank you for reading my post. Since none of my family is Catholic and only a small portion of Fi’s are, we have spoken with our priest and together just the two of us will take communion as to not offend everyone who would not be allowed to take communion in the Catholic church.
I was just interested to know, how long did your full Catholic mass take?
Post # 3
@sunshinewish15: Generally Catholic weddings with mass are about an hour long.
Post # 4
@sunshinewish15: Our church lady said ours will take about 45 minutes, depending on how long the priest talks for during the homily.
Post # 5
Generally they take an hour.
Post # 6
Plan for an hour. They’re quite long =/ All the weddings in my family have been Catholic full masses except for one. It may be a little bit shorter if only 2 people are taking communion but not much more than likely
Post # 7
I have never seen a Catholic wedding where only the bride and groom take communion. I thought the point of mass was for the community to participate.
Post # 8
I’ve been to one that was an hour and 45 minutes, and another that was only 50 mins or so.
Post # 9
The shortest Masses are the weekday Masses that are about 20-30 min because they don’t have music and the priest gives a 5 minute homily. If you have a lot of music, you will have a longer Mass. At a wedding, the priest usually speaks longer, and the Mass generally takes about an hour.
If you really want a shorter Mass, you could try leaving out a lot of the music.
Post # 10
The wedding that I was in with a full mass took an hour. All of the guests took communion so I would imagine yours would be alot less time.
Post # 11
@solidarity: Only some of FI’s family is catholic and the priest agreed that if we want to take communion, it might be best if just the two of us take it because none of our friends or my family could take it, so it would be offensive.
Post # 12
@HBanan: Thank you for the suggestion that is a good idea 🙂
Post # 13
I’ve never heard of a mass where only the bride and groom received communion. Is that even allowed in canon law? If I was attending a mass where I couldn’t receive the Eucharist, I would be really upset, since that’s the highest point of the liturgy, what the mass is centered around. Whenever I’ve been to wedding that had non-Catholics, usually the priest would just make an announcement to invite them up for a blessing and remind Catholics that they must be in good standing to receive the Eucharist, and usually there’s also a note in the program explaining that this isn’t out of exclusivity, just that the Eucharist is a sign of communion and signifiy a desire for Christian unity, something to that effect. I really wouldn’t be concerned about length, especially if you only have a few that actually go up to receive communion, it would probably be pretty quick, and even if others went up for a blessing. Maybe it’s legitimate, it sounds like your priest is okay with it, but if I was a Catholic attending your wedding, I would be extremely upset.
Post # 14
First, I understand your dilemma, which is why Fiance and I are not having a mass. But the length of the service really depends on so many other factors. I was told that a mass takes an extra 10 minutes. Our ceremony, without a mass, will be about 1 hour.
I’ve been told that you can have full mass services which last for 35 minutes, or non-mass ones which take over an hour, so it really depends on what else is in there.
Anyway, my best advice is to think that mass takes an extra 10 minutes, and plan everything else around that, timings wise.