Diocese of Rochester issues protocols to parishes due to flu outbreak

Due to the recent flu outbreak locally and across the country, the Diocese of Rochester has issued the following protocols to be observed for the celebration of Mass at all faith communities. The guidelines were issued Jan. 24 by Father Paul J. Tomasso, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia.

• Holy-water fonts are to be drained regularly and cleansed with a disinfecting soap. The old holy water should be disposed of in a sacrarium, or special sink.

• Holy Communion may be given under the one species of the Sacred Host, without sharing a chalice containing the Blood of Christ. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal directs pastors to “instruct the Christian faithful that the Catholic faith teaches that Christ, whole and entire, and the true Sacrament, is received even under only one species, and hence that as regards the resulting fruits, those who receive under only one species are not deprived of any grace that is necessary for salvation.”

• Those attending Mass are to use their best judgment regarding the sign of peace. They may offer it with a simple nod and bow of the head, saying “Peace be with you.” The appropriate response would be “And with your spirit.”

• All vessels should be cleansed with hot water and mild soap following each Mass.

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