Flu Concerns

Due to concerns about the Flu virus, many parishioners may be wondering if they should refrain from shaking hands during the sign of peace at Mass.  It is important to emphasize that the invitation to offer the sign of peace permits the individual parishioner to choose how that sign will be expressed.  For example, some parishioners may choose to wave their hands or nod their heads as a sign of peace. While shaking hands is not obligatory, it is another acceptable expression of the sign of peace. Use your judgment in offering a sign of peace that you are comfortable with. If someone is infected with the flu it is suggested that they offer a sign of peace with a wave of their hand or a nod of their head. The faithful are also advised to practice good hygiene and hand washing and if they are ill they should not receive from the cup if Holy Communion is done under both