I’m hoping for some helpful advice and not an argument so straight out I’ll say that I know the below situation is not ideal and not what I would choose, but given that it has happened to me in the past and is likely to happen again, I would like some help with what to do rather than how terrible it is that it happens at all.
I am an EMHC in a parish which is generally very faithful, prayerful and great. When I underwent training as an EMHC I was able to discuss my reluctance to ‘bless’ people who came forward in the communion line, for example. However, there is one problem which remains:
I not infrequently come across priests & deacons who are not in choir and who present themselves for communion as a lay person (e.g. they have come for confession ‘incognito’ and remain for Mass). What should I do? Does it make a difference whether they are priests or deacons? Whether I am administering the chalice or hosts?
Any advice as to what the official guidance is?