Due to the earlier onset of the flu season this year, the diocese has recommended the following precautions to prevent further spread of illness among us
The flu season has came early. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is “widespread” and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, Bishop Soto has issued the following directives:
• The use of the communion cup is temporarily suspended.
• Receive the Body of Christ in the hand (although receiving on the tongue is still permitted)
• Refrain from shaking hands (a “nod” or elbow bump is allowed.)
• Refrain from holding hands during the Our Father
• Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will cleanse their hands with hand sanitizer before distributing communion.
And most importantly: the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday or other Holy Days does not apply to those who are sick.
If you are sick, stay home and take care of yourself, and do not risk spreading illness to your Brothers and Sisters.