The limited availability of the flu vaccine has raised some questions in the community about Roman Catholic rituals that involve physical contact. Unfortunately, the opportunities for infection through contact are limitless, e.g. touching the back of a pew, a doorknob, a hymnal or breathing the air around us.
While fully appreciative of the concerns involved, the Archdiocese‘s Worship Center is not making a recommendation to change any ritual actions, at this point in time. The Church has always taught that those who are ill are not required to attend Mass. Those who feel unwell, out of consideration for others, should remain at home. It is expected that if a person believes he or she may have been exposed to illness, from a family member, for example, or has a suppressed immune system, then it is prudent for him or her to refrain from shaking hands at the Sign of Peace or drinking from the Communion cup.
AN AED AT ST ED’S
AED’s or Automated External Defibrillators are used to restart a heart of someone whose heart has stopped. These have in recent years become very "user friendly" and the prices have come down significantly. We are in the process of purchasing a unit that will be available during masses and at other times. Ushers and others will have training to be able to use this effectively.