[quote="jreilly, post:1, topic:335136"]
Last weekend the local Irish Festival held an outdoor Mass as part of their festival. A few of my non-Catholic friends attended the Mass. I was surprised and taken aback that they all stood up and went to receive our Lord in the blessed sacrament. I didn't say anything to them, but it is still bothering me. I'm not certain that this is something that I should address with any of them, but am wondering why they felt it was appropriate.
Your help is appreciated.
I imagine they thought it was OK because most Protestant denominations practice "open communion" and anyone is welcome to partake. And of course, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches do not.
Since this was an outdoor Mass, and particularly since it was part of a public festival, it seems to me that the priest should have made a short announcement prior to communion, to try to preclude just this sort of thing. Maybe to the effect of "all baptized (and preferably practicing) Catholics are invited to receive communion" or something like that. It may not have stopped people, but it would have given you the opportunity to have said something to those you knew who were doing otherwise.
Just my unsolicited :twocents: