(quote) John-874918 said:
Why is it that some Catholics refuse to receive Holy Communion from a Eucharistic Minister? I do not want to judge, but I have seen many Communicants at MASS openly cross over aisles and pews to receive at the station where a priest is distributing. My late father was a Eucharistic Minister for ten years and I was a Eucharistic Minister for thirteen years. Any thoughts on this?
Just to keep things straight.
No lay person has ever been, is now or will ever be a "Eucharistic Minister."
Only ordained deacons and priests are or can be "Eucharistic Minister."
Lay people may be "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion."
Unfortunately, the use of lay people as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is the single most frequent abuse that exists in the church today.
As the proper title implies, using lay persons in this capacity should be relatively rare. Probably the main use should be in bringing the Eucharist to the shut-ins at home or in the hospital and nursing homes.
In parishes with only a single priest, it wouild make sense to use Extraordinary Minister to offer the Consecrated Wine, if that parish distributes Communion under both species.
Except as noted, unless the Parish is very large with large numbers attending Mass, there is no reason that a priest cannot distribute Communion by himself without adding a large amount of additional time to the Mass.
The use of Extraoridnary MInisters also contributes to one of the most unnecessary practices that has arisen. That of people who are not receiving going up to receive the blessing. This is a real unnecessary time waster.
In turn it fosters another abuse that goes hand in glove with it; the Extraordinary Ministers blessing these people in a manner only appropriate for a priest.
Unfortunately, this abuse of the Extraordinary Minsiters has become far to pervasive. The Church should really put a stop to it.