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Poll #4 – EMHC to the Extreme

July 26th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

I can see the Church doctors were correct, your participation is truly being enhanced by these polls. Well done. The latest poll question has to do with Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. I’m sure we all know by now that the number of people to be employed in this role in any one Mass is supposed to be moderate and based on a true need, if they are even used at all. However in actuality, we have seen this extraordinary provision in Church law abused quite frequently in the Diocese of Rochester. Thus comes poll question #4: What is the largest number of EMHC that you have seen at a DoR Mass? Let us hope that the answers to this poll are low, but I fear that there will be many votes for the higher choices.

What is the largest number of EMHC that you have seen at a DoR Mass?



3 Responses to “Poll #4 – EMHC to the Extreme”

  1. Dr. K says:

    Thank the Lord the poll results weren't as bad as I expected them to be. Only 6 voters have seen 12 or more EMHC at a Mass, hopefully only once in their lives.

    Still, 8-11, which received 38% of the 34 votes cast thus far, is quite a high number. Unless there were over 1,500 parishioners at one of these Masses, I can not understand the need for so many Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. This results in "Crowded Altar Syndrome" or CAS, a condition that afflicts many area parishes.

    ~Dr. K

  2. Gen says:

    I voted 16+ because of a Mass which I attended which had, I believe, 1900 people in attendance. I was glad, though, that the EM's acted with great dignity. Of course, it would have been much better had the 16 or so been priests or deacons.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I voted for the 12-15 grouping because a few times I saw this many in a church that only drew 400-500 people per week. It was getting really out of hand. They had 6 laypersons and the priest distributing the hosts, and another 6 stationed with chalices. Sure the communion line moved quicker, but the potential for abuses grew exponentially with each addition eucharistic minister. The deacon did nothing.

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