Important Announcement
 

Message from the Diocese of San Jose

Temporary Liturgical Adaptations during the 2017/2018 Flu/Cold Season

  1. For the duration of the flu/cold/virus season, Holy Communion will not be shared under the form of Consecrated Wine.  Concelebrating priests and assisting deacons are to receive the Precious Blood by means of intinction.  Provision should be made for those parishioners who rely upon receiving Holy Communion under the Sacred Species of consecrated wine because of Celiac Disease or other conditions that do not tolerate the ingestion of a consecrated host.
     
  2. For the duration of the flu/cold/virus season, Holy Communion will be distributed only into the hands of communicants; during this time, Holy Communion will not be distributed on the tongue. Should a communicant be unwilling to follow this directive, that person is to receive Holy Communion after everyone else has done so.
     
  3. For the duration of the flu/cold/virus season, people should refrain from holding hands during the recitation or singing of the Lord’s Prayer.
     
  4. For the duration of the flu/cold/virus season, the Sign of Peace should be adapted so as to allow for a greeting that does not require shaking hands or touching.  
     
  5. For the duration of the flu/cold/virus season, all who administer Holy Communion are to wash their hands with an alcohol-based anti-bacterial solution, such as Purell, before and after they administer the Sacrament.  This precaution also extends to those who minister to the homebound.