Cold and Flu Season

January 20, 2014
Cold and Flu Season

The general principle that we are following here at St. Charles regarding the cold and flu season are the guidelines established by USCCB (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops) and the Diocese of Rochester. These guidelines deserve repeating as a way to help all of us work together to stay healthy as a faith community.

  • If any parishioner or assigned minister is sick or feeling ill, please stay home from Mass and other church activities until you are better. If you are a minister assigned for a particular Mass please notify beforehand the Parish Office.

  • All Ministers of Communion are asked to wash hands thoroughly before Mass and to use, after the Sign of Peace, the antibacterial hand wipe that is provided for you before distributing Holy Communion.

  • If any one is not feeling up-to-par, please choose to receive only the Eucharistic Bread. Intinction by the faithful, dipping the Eucharistic Bread in the Precious Blood, is not allowed. Those who choose not to receive from the Chalice can be assured that they celebrate the fullness of Jesus Christ in the Consecrated Bread.

  • During this particular flu season if you are uncomfortable shaking someone‚Äôs hand or holding hands in prayer, simply turn towards that person and offer a word of peace and a slight bow of reverence.

  • Above all we are encouraged to use our common sense and to practice the rules of good hygiene.

During this time of heightened awareness regarding the cold and flu season, I encourage all to pray that the flu will not cause serious illness to our parish family.