Flu Season

A Statement from Most Rev. Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans

During this flu season, I wish to remind everyone to use reasonable caution while celebrating Mass.  At the Sign of Peace you may extend your hand as usual or the “Sign of Peace” can be expressed verbally without physical contact.  Those who chose to use verbal expression only, should be treated with respect and understanding.

For communion, Jesus Christ is fully present in the consecrated Eucharistic bread and wine.  Catholics are not required to take communion from the cup.  If someone has a cold or flu symptoms, it would be advisable to refrain from the cup.

I am also asking pastors to make provisions for clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to cleanse their hands before and after communion.

Most importantly, let us pray for those who are ill, that they will know our care and God’s healing power.