From a reader…
I felt very uncomfortable when I attended a weekday Novus Ordo mass and the priest called up 3 EMs (when there was maybe 40 people) and then positioned himself on one of the sides to hand out communion. I was in the other line and I had Female EM 1 & 2 to choose from. I was tempted to just join the other line but didn’t want to cause a scene.
Am I overreacting, or if I’m not what should I do if I encounter this scenario again? Just wait and join the tail end of the priest’s line?
“EM” might mean “Eucharistic Minister”. That is an incorrect title for the layman who is sometimes employed to distribute Communion. “EM” could be “Extraordinary Minister”. The proper term is “Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion”. Ministers of the Eucharist are bishops, priests and deacons.
Yes, it is okay to go for Holy Communion only to the priest.
That said, you do not receive “more Jesus” by receiving from the priest only. However, you would be receiving the Eucharist from the one person there whose hands were consecrated for the task of handling and distributing the Eucharist.
The frequent employment of too many lay ministers is an abuse. It is an abuse of the temporary ministers and of the congregation. The priest abuses his own priesthood in abdicating his role.
You can always opt to go to the priest. It could be that if everyone starts going only to the priest, he will get the hint. Of course a dedicated ideologue, who has perhaps forgotten who he is, might upbraid a congregation that does that, and try to force people to go to lay ministers. But people have the right to vote with their feet in the matter of Communion.
You might try praying to the Guardian Angels of the overly used lay ministers, to prompt them to opt out of the program.