These directives were posted on my parish website. They seem to be in line with a lot of other precautions being issued around the world.


There is no place for fear or division in the celebration of a liturgy and so, desiring to keep our communities together and united, these directives, previously issued, are now being reissued with a greater urgency.

If you are sick, please stay home.

It is VERY STRONGLY suggested that Holy Communion be received in the hand as long as this threat continues. Pastors are advising the faithful that this is for the protection of all the faithful who receive (not just the communicant) and the priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister who is distributing Holy Communion. Pastors could take the opportunity to instruct the faithful on the correct and reverent way to receive the Eucharist in the hand.

The distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful will be suspended.

Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and indeed all involved in the liturgy should disinfect their hands before the distribution of Holy Communion.

The Roman Missal’s rubrics state that the priest or deacon should ask the faithful to exchange the sign of peace “if appropriate.” Prudence suggests that this time is not, in fact, an appropriate time to do so. Therefore, for the time being, after the general greeting “The peace of the Lord be with you,” the liturgy should continue with the “Agnus Dei.”

Holy water fonts will be empty. No one should feel obligated to use holy water upon entering or leaving church, nor should anyone feel obligated to greet the celebrant (or one another) before or after Mass with a handshake