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Bishop Steib offers directives for church goers

The following news release was received by Action News 5:

BISHOP STEIB OFFERS DIRECTIVES FOR CHURCH GOERS

Memphis:   Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, SVD, pledged his prayers and the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Memphis for the children and families of those who have been infected with H1N1 FLU in Tennessee.

The Bishop also sent a notice to pastors through the Office of Worship about ways to avoid the FLU.  The notice said:

The Diocese has received a number of inquiries regarding what people should do to protect themselves from the possibility of being infected with the H1N1 FLU while attending Mass.  Most of the inquiries are in regard to the Sign of Peace, and receiving the Blood of Christ from the chalice.  All the people who come to our Churches are reminded that they should use their own discretion in this matter.  If any person wants to be cautious, a bow or some other gesture is appropriate at the Sign of Peace.  All Catholics are reminded that Christ is fully present in each species when the bread and wine have been consecrated into His Body and Blood.  No one is ever under any obligation to receive both species.

The Bishop’s notice also advised that: 

Those involved with liturgies at Churches be particularly careful about hand washing before services.

Those who are present at Church liturgies are urged to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

Parishioners who are feeling ill prior to going to Church, are urged to remain at home.

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