My question concerns Communion Services in the Abscence of a Priest.
Tonight, at an Hispanic Ministries Committee Meeting at my parish Church (we are a largely wealthy Caucasian parish in Iowa who are trying to evangelize more effectively to the local Hispanic Community), our deacon mentioned the Communion Services in the Abscence of a Priest as a possible replacement to our current bilingual (Spanish/English) Mass. His reason for suggesting having the service instead of the Mass is that it would not require a priest; he could fill in and do everything during the service while speaking Spanish, etc. (accept consecrate the host and wine, of course).
My question is: is it ever desireable to have a Communion Service in the Abscence of a Priest, when it is not absolutely necessary? I understand when there are priests who are absolutely overwhelmed, or when a priest is out of town, for example. In this case, however, neither is happening. What are some of the theological consequences from replacing a Mass with a Communion service? How could this negatively or positively affect believers?
Thank you. God Bless.