Posted by: mollyrossiter | April 29, 2009

Catholics post Q&A about swine flu, Mass

In the wake of an epidemic/global pandemic of swine flu, the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship has posted a series of 10 questions and answers related to participation at Mass during the swine flu epidemic.

The information is similar to that released in 2006 with the threat of the avian (bird) flu and was developed with the help of the Centers for Disease Control.

The list can be read here.

Included in the list are reminders that “Ministers of Holy Communion should be encouraged to wash their hands before Mass begins, or even to use an alcohol based anti-bacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion.”

It also suggested that priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion “should instruct people who feel ill not to receive from the cup.”

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