A physician parishioner expressed concern about liturgical practices during the flu outbreak. Our priest-in-residence proposed the following text for Mass this weekend:
Due to the outbreak of flu the medical profession has asked us to alert parishioners to the dangers of transmission through contact. So be understanding if those around you refrain from the handshake in the exchange of peace. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to omit receiving the Holy Eucharist from the chalice for the present. With God’s help, the flu season will be over shortly.
What do you think? Are Catholics sufficiently prepared to make these choices without reminders? Would you recommend germicide dispensers in the sanctuary? Any other steps to take, from the purple chair?