The Archdiocese of New York and other dioceses throughout the United States have implemented precautions in response to the spread of the Coronavirus, urging that we should prepare for its spread in communities across the country. These are the guidelines that are given by archdioceses and dioceses:
- Washing our hands thoroughly, not coughing near one another and not touching our mouth, nose or eyes without first washing them are the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease.
- We will not be offering the Blood of Christ from the cup until further notice.
- Parishioners are strongly encouraged to receive Communion in the hand to prevent saliva from possibly touching the minister’s fingers and being passed onto the next person. This happens very frequently.
- The sign of peace will be given by waving, bowing, a nod of the head. We recommend no physical touching.
- Those who have symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose or feeling unwell are asked to stay home from Mass. Missing Mass when you are sick is not a sin; coming to Mass when you are sick is a sin. You may be spreading your illness to others.
- Please sanitize your hands before coming to Mass. All priests and Eucharistic ministers already wash their hands before Mass.
We will observe these precautions during until further notice. We offer prayers for those have come down with this virus, for health care personnel, and for those working to find an antivirus.