Swine Flu & the Eucharist

by Steve Ray on May 1, 2009

Texas diocese reacts to swine flu: Communion under one kind, disinfect holy water fonts
In the wake of mounting concern about a swine flu pandemic, Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, Texas, has directed that Holy Communion be distributed under one kind and that holy water fonts be disinfected after properly disposing of the holy water.

New Zealand reaction to swine flu: Communion in the hand, under one kind; no sign of peace
In response to the spread of the swine flu, the bishops of New Zealand “have requested that receiving Communion on the tongue, Communion wine from the chalice and shaking hands at the sign of peace at Masses in New Zealand cease,” according to the nation’s Catholic newspaper. In the nation of 4.2 million, there are 13 confirmed cases– and 96 suspected cases– of the disease.

US bishops: No widespread liturgical changes in wake of swine flu
Noting that “the need for the introduction of widespread liturgical adaptations for the prevention of the transmission of influenza in the dioceses of the United States of America is not evident at this time,” the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published answers to ten questions about swine flu and the liturgy.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Brother Ed May 1, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Excuse me??????

I can understand the desire to refrain from drinking from a common chalice, but refraining from communion on the tongue?????


Patty Bonds May 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

We were told to receive on the hand as well. We were also told to only give the sign of peace or hold hands with our family. I prefer to receive on the tongue, but I guess I understand the concern. Fr. Patrick is the only priest at our parish for this month. He told us right out that if he gets sick, there will be a sign on the door and there will be no Mass offered until he recovers. May is a big vacation and retreat month here and most of the Pastors our out of town. It’s hard to know if we are just over reacting or if this is just prudence. It did give me the opportunity to do something I had seen done years ago and had always wanted to do. I was able to kiss Jesus before receiving Him.

Donna May 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Here in the Diocese of Fresno, we have one case of the swine flu. Yesterday at Mass, the Sign of Peace was completely ommitted, the holy water fonts were gone– poof!– as was the ***Communion Chalice***, and we were permitted to receive the Host only in the hand.


I’m sorry, but I personally don’t believe one can catch the swine flu from JESUS!!!
Yet, we are to obey our Bishops, so that’s what we did. :-)

Greg Mackey August 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Swine flu (H1N1) is a genetically created disease; the point of which is to create fear, panic and isolation among it’s intended victims- Christian Catholics, especially of European descent. Most protestant denominations have already “sold their souls” to international finance (gay marraige, abortion, euthanasia) and are no threat to the zionist-masonic-illuminati power structure.

As another commented, “I don’t believe one can catch the swine flu from JESUS!!!.” Right on!!!

If your bishop denies you the Eucharist-on the-tongue or threatens to close the door on you, he then is a fraudulent servant of zionist finance who should be shown the door.

I wonder if synagogues or mosques will be affected? Probably not. Why. Because they represent the power structure and want us dead via Obamacare.

flu respirators August 25, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Whoa, Greg. That’s some intense hostility there. What did Jews and Muslims ever do to you?

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