Post # 1
Hey fellow bees. I’m curious- are you addressing communion etiquette in your programs? I was thinking of doing something along the lines of:
“Those not receiving the Holy Eucharist are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing from Monsignor Foley”
Post # 3
I haven’t considered that yet, as few of our guests are non-Catholic, but I have seen it before. Alternatively, the priest might make an announcement. If you are putting it in the program you may want to ask him NOT to make the announcement – no need to hit people over the head with the idea. I think your wording is very polite and clear.
Post # 4
Ask what Monsignor Foley thinks.
Mine said he prefers not to make a note about it or say anything. But there are little cards in most of our pieus already that say the ettiquette. I think having a note in the program is nice, but definitely ask your priest for his recommendation.
Post # 5
My parish generally asks us to put this info in the program in terms of either an insert or if there is a lot of room right on it.
My priest has asked us, since we have a lot of non-Catholics, to explain who may take Eucharist. We will be using something like this
“We welcome our fellow christians of the Roman Catholic Churcg, Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church to participate in the distribution of the Eucharist.
For those not recieving Eucharist at this time we invite you to join us in prayerful mediation or to come forward to receive a blessing from Father Paul.”
Post # 6
All good responses. I would ask your priest. Some prefer a written note in the program while others may want to mention it themselves, so that they can explain it in a way that doesn’t offend people.
Post # 7
My hubby is non-Catholic, so about half of the guests would have NO IDEA what to do throughout the whole ceremony…we took it as an opportunity to explain all the different parts of the mass to all guests (even Catholics who were either raised Catholic and never questioned the parts of the mass or forgot since they’d learned it). He did it with a little (respectful) humor. When the Eucharist came up, Mr. mentioned how inclusive the Church is about giving blessings & explained exactly how to come up to receive one. And since I have been blessed to have a grandmother who is a Eucharistic minister, she stood beside our priest administering the host & giving blessings with him.
PM me if you want exact wording or a copy of what we did