Changes To Church Services Because Of Swine Flu Scare

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

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.


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  • by Lisa Location: New Bern on Sep 15, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    The quality of our religious leaders are just fine in the Catholic Church and common sense as well. The Lord takes care of us but He also would like us to be kind to one another and that includes not getting each other or other families sick. Although, the regular seasonal flu can be just as dangerous to some we should all be encouraged to practice hand santitizing and to stay home when we are sick. The Lord does not want us to contaminate one person who could potentially sicken hundreds of people after coming in contact through chuch, work, school, daycare etc. Thank you.
  • by A Change on Sep 15, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    I know the Catholic church didn't change something based on common sense!!!! We worry more about the swine flu more than the quality of our religious leaders......how about changing that celibacy rule?
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