Some parishes across the country have been modifying Communion recently because the particularly bad outbreak of the flu that has been occurring. Some Catholic Churches have put a temporary hiatus on the sharing of the chalice during Mass. This is obviously in an attempt to cut down on the odds that people will infect one another with the flu. The temporary modifications don’t stop with the chalice though. Some churches have also decided to have its parishioners only exchange a verbal gesture instead of a handshake during Mass.
I suppose that you really cannot be too careful with the flu being as bad as it has been the last few weeks. Some of these parishes got word from their diocese to put these changes into effect, but others took matters into their own hands to prevent sickness. The modifications have been met with little to no resistance because people can see the common sense behind them. In due time Mass will be back to business as usual.
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