What’s your experience with Communion Services?
I’ve decided to officially endorse extraordinary lay presiders of communion services to my pastor (in case of emergency when priests either don’t show up or we can’t find one to celebrate Mass). A neighboring parish is much more open about their three scheduled communion services in place of Mass every week. But my pastor is one to not want to get in trouble, and lately our string of trad bishops has been cracking down on this and suggesting that we just don’t do Mass or Eucharist at all.
And that’s what frustrates me. People have gathered to praise their God and partake in the ‘source and summit’ of their way of life, who are we to tell them to go away to another parish or wait till later? God has called them, they have answered that call, and it would be a sin to turn them away.
I’ve set up a plan of action to lead training and formation with regards to potential lay presiders, and I will review this with the lit. committee and pastoral council. Now all I have to do is convince my pastor and not get fired. I’m not good at picking my battles, as you can tell.