Catholic/Non-Catholic Wedding

Hey girls. I'm just wondering who is under the same circumstances I am. FI's Catholic, I am not. We're having the wedding back in my home town in Illinois. We live in Virginia and FI's family is mostly in PA. As a thank you for traveling to the wedding we're doing a breakfast on the Sunday after the wedding. We decided to do the Eucharist (? on spelling) during the ceremony. FI's reasoning for this was that his family wouldn't have to miss the breakfast on Sunday. In other weddings such as this, I've not seen Eucharist done. I'm just wondering is it normal to have Communion when both the bride and groom AREN'T Catholic?

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 8:57 am
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Aimee
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Hi Sorrill, is this approved? I am Catholic and my Fiance is Catholic, but we were told we would both have to have the sacrament of communion in order to have Eucharist in the ceremony. Also my friend who was Catholic and her husband wasn't weren't allowed to do this. It might be church specific.


Usually in my experience, the Priest may invite everyone that received the sacrament forward to receive Eucharist and if they aren't then they can come up for a blessing if they aren't. I saw this done for a baptism before.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 9:12 am
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We're allowed to do it. The priest has no problem doing it. He did mention something about inviting people up for a blessing if they aren't Catholic. Do you know what they say when they are blessed?

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 9:15 am
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I am Catholic and so is my whole entire family. What happends is that if you are Catholic, you recieve the Eucharist. If ou are not Catholic, you receive a blessing  in which you bow your head and the priest makes the sign of the cross with his hand over your head.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 9:15 am
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Hi Sorrill, I don't think a response is necessary, but I have heard Amen.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 9:19 am
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you don't both have to be catholic to have the eucharist ceremony performed at the wedding. In my instance, my FI is not Catholic and all he does is cross his arms in front of his chest and the Priest knows he's not recieving Eucharist and just blesses his head. No response from him needed.


This will be done to all those who arent Catholic but wish to line up. THey just have to cross their arms in front of their chest (like and "x" but hands touching shoulders) and the Priest will know they are not to recieve the Eucharist, only a blessing.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 9:27 am
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So, not to step on the thread, but I have a related question.  FI is catholic, and I am not, and we are getting married at my church (UCC).  I wouldn't mind doing the Eucharist for Catholic people but I guess you have to have a priest to perform it, and I would want MY family to be able to have Communion.  Can you do a Eucharist and Communion at the same time?

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:05 am
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isnt eucharist the same as communion? i may be wrong but catholics and christians can partake in the same communion. (i know i have done communino at a christian church)  i would ask your pastor/minister to make sure.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:11 am
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In the Catholic Church, Eucharist is only received by people who have actually received the sacrament of First Communion in the Catholic Church (meaning you are baptized also). You are right though in other churches do have communion. But double check with your priest on this, since I don't believe non Catholics or Catholics without the receiving of the Sacrament of First Communion could have it.


Oh also, the Eucharist is also called the Holy Communion, just so eliminate all the confusion:).

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:25 am
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LaceandLove...since you are having a UCC wedding I think you can just add a "bread and wine" ceremony to your wedding ceremony.  No need for a Catholic priest to do it, unless you are having an ecumenical ceremony celebrated by two pastors (UCC and Catholic).

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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Sorril - DH and I had a Catholic wedding.  I'm Catholic and he's not.  From what I know, it's up to the bride and groom if they what to have the Eucharist included...long ceremony w/Eurcharist and short ceremony w/o Eurcharist.  The short ceremony is still a full mass but without the Eurcharist ceremony.  DH and I opted for the short ceremony.  Also, since one of us is not Catholic...we worked with the Deacon instead of the Priest.  The Deacon was the one administer the ceremony too. 


You can ask the Priest/Deacon you are working with.  We went over the ceremony during one of our counseling sessions with them.  Also, if your FI's concern is his family need to attend the Sunday mass...your wedding is going to be a full mass with or without the Eucharist.  It will have all the readings, homily from the Priest/Deacon just not the communion part if you decided to go with short ceremoney.  It's about 15 minutes shorter.


Good luck!!!


 


 

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 3:41 am
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Thanks for all your help everyone.

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 3:56 am

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