Flu outbreak has Archdiocese calling for Mass changes
January 18, 2018 05:19 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. – A drastic spike in flu cases has the Santa Fe Archdiocese making some changes to how parishioners should celebrate Mass.
The New Mexico Department of Health says influenza is widespread in 46 states across the U.S. and New Mexico is one of them.
In response, the Archdiocese is making the following changes:
- Instead of shaking hands or hugging during the ‘Sign of Peace,’ nod your head and avoid any body contact.
- Instead of holding hands when praying the ‘Our Father,’ simply extend or fold your hands.
- Holy Communion will not be received under both species, just the ‘Consecrated Host’ and not the ‘Chalice.’
- Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands just prior to distribution Holy Communion and should wash them immediately after distribution. If it is easier, an anti-bacterial gel can be used.
- If you are sick, sneezing or coughing, it would be best for you to stay home. You are welcome to take advantage of the Sunday TV Masses which are available in English and Spanish.
The Archdiocese says these changes will be revoked once the situation improves.
Updated: January 18, 2018 05:19 PM
Created: January 18, 2018 11:55 AM
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