My parish occasionally has a Priest absent and as a substitute, they offer a communion service that mimics the Holy Mass (This is for weekday Mass, not weekend Mass). A lay member conducts the communion service. Everything is the same as Mass, except we exclude the prayers over the gifts and the consecration of the hosts. We still have Petitionary rite, Daily Mass readings, Art Father, Money Collection, Offertory Prayers, and final blessing.
Reason for asking:
I’ve heard on Catholic Answers Live that the Holy See does not recommend this practice if a Mass is still offered during the week or on the weekend. This is because it confuses laity about the Mass and reduces the meaning of the Mass. However, the ultimate decision is left to the local bishop.
I feel a little uncomfortable at the service because I feel it’s not appropriate and harmful to the meaning of the Mass.
Does anyone have official documentation from the Vatican regarding this?
Do you believe a communion service that mimics the Mass confuse laity about the meaning of the Mass?
Should I go spend time at the Blessed Sacrament instead of participating and receiving communion in this situation?
Any other thoughts regarding this? I’d be interested in hearing.