Updated March 12, 2020
Many of our faithful are understandably concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection. Influenza is locally prevalent, and since the Coronavirus is spread in much the same way Influenza is, it is prudent to follow the USCCB’s previous guidance on influenza. At this time, the Archdiocese is not requiring parishes to modify their liturgical practices; if that changes, we will notify you.
Meanwhile, if pastors judge it good for the well-being of their parishioners—psychologically if not also medically—they certainly can issue parish-wide guidelines for their community. Here are some precautions they may consider:
- Remind parishioners to stay home if they feel sick or have flu-like symptoms.
- Suspend the Sign of Peace or offer it without touching.
- Suspend Communion from the Chalice.
- Discourage hand-holding during the Our Father.
- Empty holy water fonts.
Any changes should be communicated with parish leadership, staff and parishioners. Parishioners are reminded to stay home if they feel unwell or have flu-like symptoms.