The right side of this architectural rendering shows how the altar area will look when the new altar railing is installed. The left side shows how the Church is now and how far the first step will be extended into the nave and toward the current set of pews. As is very clear in the drawing a place for wheel chairs and handicapped persons remains as it is now and exactly and the three step ascend and decline will be much safer for persons with knee and leg issues and more so at the side chapels which these people may use, especially descending the altar which is more of a challenge currently with the three and four steps we currently have. This is all about safety also.
The same is true of Holy Communion on the tongue or in the throned hand--both options are equal and the choice is the communicants, not the ordinary or extraordinary minister's. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass does not allowed for EMHC's nor for Holy Communion in the hand, the the norm is to kneel unless there is a physical reason for the exception of standing. There is no option to receive in the hand but one should not be denied this given the fact that it is allowed in the Ordinary Form, but some liturgical instruction or correction should be given to those who approach to receive Holy Communion in the hand at an EF Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are appointed at the discretion of the pastor and he alone determines the need liturgically and must follow the norms for them at Mass. We will continue to have four host stations at every Mass here, necessitating at least two to three EMHC's. At our 9:30 AM principle Mass of the parish, we have an additional six chalices necessitating ten to eleven EMHC's when there is only a priest present and no deacon or installed acolyte. This follows strictly the GIRM as well as what is allowed to me in the privileged place of being a pastor in terms of making these decisions. Folks its canon law, we are not a lawless Church and we are not ruled by mob!