I was wondering what others thought about very elderly or infirm “liturgical ministers” who refuse to graciously retire when there are ready replacements for them?
For example, let’s say one is a reader. It has come to the point where they are extremely difficult to hear and understand. Is it proper to endure this and let them continue to show respect for their long service to the parish, or should they be gently “retired” by the pastor?
The same question could be asked about EMsHC. Some in my parish are so fragile that they put the Blessed Sacrament at risk (yes, there have been incidents) due to shaking hands and unsteady legs, etc. Should they too be quietly retired? I know in some liturgical meetings they have pushed to suspend communion on tongue because they no longer have the ability to do it.
In none of the cases that come to mind would the person be appreciative of being retired by the pastor. It’s their post by golly and they have done the job for years and they’re not about to step aside.
I’m just curious what others think?