From a reader:
I just wanted to brag about my priest tonight. Fr. A has only been the
rector here for 4 or 5 months, so he’s been pretty slow to change
things since the previous rector was here for 14 years. Tonight he
took a very, very unpopular stand.
At our All Souls Mass, there was Fr. A, 2 deacons, and 4 EHMCs. After
the EHMCs had communed, Fr. A realized that there was one extra
person, so he sent one EHMC back to their seats – she was pretty
upset, but c’est la vie. The deacon nearby was very upset at her being
turned away, and after a brief chat with Fr. A, was even more upset
when her chalice got put in his hands!
I’m so proud of my priest for taking such an unpopular stand,
recognizing the overuse of EMHCs. May he continue to recognize and
correct such abuses in the future!
There are times when decisions must be made. Each situation has its own dynamic. Priests have to have good antennae.