Concerns over the H1N1 virus are prompting changes for thousands of Catholics across the state, including Eastern Carolina.
The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, which includes the east, is making some temporary changes to mass.
The Bishop has asked all churches to suspend the sign of peace, where parishioners shake hands with each other, and not to receive holy communion from the cup, which parishioners also share.
In addition, Priests and others who take part in mass are being reminded of the importance of washing their hands before and after mass.
The Bishop has asked that the changes be put into effect as soon as possible, but no later than October fourth.