From a priest, on two points:
For our vigil Mass, we had our extraordinary ministers failed to show up. I also did not have a deacon. I preached about a 12 minute homily, used the Roman Canon, and distributed Holy Communion on my own to a congregation of about 200.
It still took only about an hour. I don’t see how communion would be unduly delayed. Therefore, I see no need for extraordinary ministers.
I’m still a new priest, but I really wonder about what they’ve been teaching the people here. If someone hasn’t been to confession in several years and their only sins are minor, either they’ve not examined their consciences or they don’t know how to examine their consciences. My bet is on the latter.
“I really wonder about what they’ve been teaching the people here…”.
You are not alone, Father.
I’m glad you have your head screwed on in the right direction.
Now, learn to say the Extraordinary Form. Also, get into that box and…
HEAR SOME CONFESSIONS.