There are some legitimate concerns among Catholics regarding the Swine Flu. Much of our worship is communal, we gather together for Mass and many parishes share the Precious Blood. Should Catholics continue doing this?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a Q&A on their website (available here) to answer these and other questions. Please spend some time reading up on what the Church is recommending to help contain the spread of this disease.
A few things to remember:
• Our bishops are our shepherds. It is within their authority to close churches and/or restrict the offering of the Cup at Communion. Part of the beauty of our faith is having leaders with Apostolic Authority.
• Jesus is fully present in the Consecrated Bread. If you do not receive the Cup you are not missing anything! Both the Bread and Cup are the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. You do not need to receive both.
Please do your best to protect yourself and those around you by following the guidelines set out by the USCCB and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, please pray for those suffering from this outbreak.