Holy Cross parish will abide by rules and suggestions given through a multitude of agencies which are monitoring and guiding us as a public. The Diocese of Fargo also has given suggestions to all parishes to assist in efforts to stem issues resulting from the illness. Listed below is the first line of defense, common sense items which we should be participating within already as a civilized society.
Common Sense on How to protect yourself-
“The best defense against any type of viral illness is to avoid being exposed to it. The infectious disease experts who are tracking coronavirus recommend the same everyday precautions you already use to avoid catching a cold or the flu,” said Dr. Piatkowski. These include:
Wash your hands thoroughly – and often – with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay at home when you are sick.
Common Sense helps for Liturgies at Church-
Secondly, here are notes for the parish as you come to the Liturgy of the Eucharist and other activities during this time of issue.
Communion distributed under the form of wine should be received by only those who would like to receive, it is not necessary for you to receive to have the fullness of the Sacrament. Please do not feel you have to receive.
Communion on the tongue is strongly discouraged as the moisture transfers the virus through it and could be a natural avenue disbursement.
Instead of shaking hands, bow to each other at the Sign of Peace, as this is not an absolute necessary item within the Liturgy, but an option so use your better judgement and do not look poorly on those whom are not comfortable with shaking hands.
We will have hand sanitizers on hand at tables and around the building as we have availability, but wash frequently and use better judgement guides as we deal with this difficult new illness in our community.
Thank You. Fr Jim