Are the Catholic masses in Poland structured like the ones in America?
I guess so. Roman Catholic masses should go accordin to one pattern throughout the whole world. If not, they are not Roman Cathoilic anymore, but sth else.
I've only observed Catholic masses in two countries: America and the Philippines. In the Philippines, people greet each other during the peace greeting portion by looking at each other and bowing their heads. In the US, people greet each other by shaking their hands.
In Poland you can do both - most people bow heads, but some shake hands. So, if your neighbour extends his/her hand to you, don`t feel surprised.
Also, when I go for communion I normally say "amen" after receiving the bread. Is there a Polish word for this?
No. It is the same amen.
One more remark: you receive bread in your mouth, not into hand, in Poland.
Another thing, when the "Our Father" part comes, all parishioners hold hands. In the Philippines, I remember people just sticking their hands out as if they were receiving the Holy Spirit. I wonder what parishioners do in Poland.
Most do nothing, just stand, but some priests request people to raise their hands.
Lastly, what times during Sunday are mass services shorter than usual? If I had the chance here in the US, I would go as early as possible to avoid extra songs normally injected during midday services.
Each parish has different hours. In my church it is 11 o clock, in others 12. SO, eaxch church requires an individual approach.
When was the last time you went to a mass in Poland??? :):):)