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The Church instructs that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may be used only “where there are particularly large numbers of the faithful and which would be excessively prolonged because of an insufficient number of ordained ministers to distribute Holy Communion.”

She further forbids “the habitual use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass, thus arbitrarily extending the concept of ‘a great number of the faithful.'”

So extraordinary ministers are for exceptional, unique circumstances, and not for a typical Sunday Mass.

So why on earth is a local parish inviting a priest to host a “motivation in ministry” session on “the history, meaning and relevance of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) in today’s liturgy,” along with a special “Commissioning” rite and call for even more EMHC volunteers?

For a decent explanation, see the retrograde project- and activity-driven flyer from the Worship commission that appears appears further in the bulletin.

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