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St. William, Other Area Catholic Churches Take Precaution Against Flu

The Archdiocese of Boston is taking steps to stop the spread of the flu.

Parishioners at the Church of St. William and other Merrimack Valley Catholic churches may notice something different on Sunday.

The Archdiocese of Boston announced this week that it is allowing priests to suspend the distribution of wine during Communion as a precaution because of the recent flu outbreak, reported The Boston Globe.

Churches were also notified that parishioners could exchange a sign of peace by “bowing to nearby prisoners instead of shaking hands,” reported The Globe.

Earlier this week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a state of health emergency because of the flu outbreak and some nearby communities have also ran out of flu vaccine.

Here’s information about whether to get your flu shot locally and more information about the vaccine.

SD From T-Bury January 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I usually refrain from the Precious Blood during flu season unless I'm the first to receive. Just makes sense.
SD From T-Bury January 14, 2013 at 05:16 PM
By the way Bill, we Catholics are not "prisoners," we're "parishoners," though many who misunderstand us think otherwise ;)
Lady Spinderella January 14, 2013 at 05:44 PM
This has been done in the past during cold and flu season. It is definitely a worthwhile idea, but not a new concept.
SAM January 14, 2013 at 05:47 PM
AMEN!
"the eyes of T-Bury" January 14, 2013 at 08:54 PM
damn auto correct!! bowing to prisoners!!! good one!!!
Jacob Lee Biddle January 15, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I go to the Latin Mass, so I don't have to worry about shaking hands or receiving the Precious Blood from a common chalice.

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