Changes to Mass Due to Flu Season

Directives from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe

This year the flu is widespread in 46 states of the United States, New Mexico being one of the states that are listed by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention as having widespread flu outbreaks. The Archdiocese prays for those who are sick, and we pray for those who’s deaths are attributed to the influenza. The CDC mentioned in a recent report that this is the first year the entire continental USA is at the same level of flu activity at the same time, also this year there has been a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases over last year.

Due to the severity of the Flu Season the Archdiocese will be taking the following steps, in regards to the Celebration of the Mass:

  • During the Sign of Peace instead of shaking hands, or hugging, as is practiced in some parishes, it would be best to simply nod your head and avoid bodily contact.
  • When praying the Our Father, please do not hold hands. Simply extend your hands toward heaven or fold your hands.
  • Holy Communion, will not be received under both species, just the Consecrated Host and not the Chalice.
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands just prior to distribution Holy Communion and should wash them immediately after distribution. If it is easier an anti-bacterial gel can be used.

If you are sick, sneezing or coughing, it would be best for you to stay home. You are welcome to take advantage of the Sunday TV Masses which are available in English and Spanish. It is not a sin to miss Mass on Sundays if you are ill. Please pray for all who have lost their lives as a result of the flu and may we do our part to prevent its spread.

These directives will be revoked when the situation improves.