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Flu epidemic prompts some churches to stop offering Communion chalice

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (CNS) — This year amid the raging flu epidemic in the United States, several dioceses have issued recommendations for receiving Communion, offering the sign of peace and even attending Mass. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season started earlier than usual this year. As of […]

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Abilene’s Holy Family Church among churches suspending communion cup over flu epidemic

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

ABILENE, TX –  Holy Family Church in Abilene is among Catholic churches in the Big Country to suspend the use of the communion cup during worship. The church is following strict orders from their regional Bishop MIchael Pfeifer in San Angelo as part of an effort to prevent the flu from spreading. The San Angelo […]

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Quick action at Holy Redeemer Church service helps heart attack victim

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Emergency personnel are used to being called into action at any given time. It's not often, though, that they're called into action during church service, which is what happened Sunday during the 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. A number of churchgoers with medical backgrounds quickly stepped in when an elderly man […]

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St. John Vianney Catholic Church open after Palm Sunday mystery illness

| April 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

ST. PETE BEACH — Holy Week services at St. John Vianney Catholic Church are continuing as scheduled this week, despite a two-hour emergency closing Sunday when eight parishioners became ill. The cause of the illness, first reported as possible methane gas from clogged sewer lines, is actually unknown. "The incident is still under investigation. So […]

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Flu fears abating, church OK’s resuming rituals

| February 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

As fears of the swine flu fade, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is urging parishes to reinstitute two venerated rituals, passing the communion chalice and passing the peace, by Palm Sunday in late March. In an e-mail sent late Wednesday to its 291 parishes, the archdiocese announced it would soon be safe to resume […]

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Carbon monoxide levels cause church evacuation

| February 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Between 60 and 70 people were evacuated Tuesday night from the Word of God Worship Center when Milwaukee fire fighters responding to a medical emergency detected elevated carbon monoxide levels, a fire official said. After being called to the center at 3320 W. Vliet St. at 9:35 p.m. a carbon monoxide detector carried by a […]

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Carbon monoxide at church sends 2 to hospital

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Two women were taken to hospital after carbon monoxide seeped into an east-end church Tuesday. Firefighters were called to St. Matthew's Anglican church on Wellington Street East after a carbon monoxide alarm sounded at about 10:30 a.m. A faulty vent for the church's boiler caused "fairly high" readings of the poisonous gas in the lower-level […]

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13 treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at Pr. Georges church

| November 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

As many as 13 people received emergency treatment Saturday night after apparently being sickened by carbon monoxide at a church in Prince George's County, a county fire official said. A witness described commotion and moments of confusion outside St. Bernard's Church in the Riverdale Park area as rescue equipment arrived, firefighters hooked up hoses, parishioners […]

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Sunday school takes temperatures to sweep for swine flu

| October 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

President Obama has declared the swine flu a national emergency. And now, some church goers are taking it seriously. In fact, they're taking temperatures to see who can get in the door. Its all about preventing the H1N1 strain in kids. While some parents like the precaution, there are those that wonder if this is […]

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Churches, synagogues taking steps to prevent spread of H1N1 virus

| October 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

In the small chapel at Christ Church in Andover, a bottle of hand sanitizer sits next to the hosts and wine to be distributed at Communion. The image might seem odd, but it's becoming more and more common in churches and synagogues throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, as houses of worship take […]

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Worshipers, Faith Leaders Take Cues From Federal Officials on Warding Off Swine Flu

| October 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshipers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu. Marilyn Meyers, a member of Washington National Cathedral, already had thought about the health risks involved in her church’s services. On Sunday, as she has for the past several […]

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Church fighting spread of flu

| October 8, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese is suspending the use of wine for Holy Communion and the practice of handshaking, at least temporarily, as a measure to prevent the spread of swine flu. The measures take effect by the weekend of Oct. 17-18, said Tony DeGol, secretary for communications. “The bishops of Pennsylvania met recently and […]

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Passing Peace At Church Could Mean Passing The Swine Flu

| October 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Omaha, NE: From sharing a handshake to sharing a communal cup, churches are relying on more than prayer to protect themselves from Swine Flu. A sign of peace is passed by a simple handshake. A handshake that could also be passing the flu. So some churches are taking action to protect their congregations. Parishioners fill […]

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Diocese issues guidelines for preventing spread of H1N1 Influenza

| October 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

On Sept. 30, the Catholic Diocese of Fargo issued liturgical guidelines for clergy and parishioners encouraging voluntary actions that should assist in preventing the spread of H1N1 Influenza. In the Catholic Church, parishioners may receive Holy Communion under the form of consecrated bread, known as the Precious Body of Christ, and consecrated wine, known as […]

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London diocese preps for H1N1

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has "a pandemic plan in place" to prevent the spread of the H1N1 pandemic flu virus, Bishop Ronald Fabbro announced Tuesday. In a letter to parishioners, Fabbro said his diocese has received "many inquiries" about the diocese’s prevention plan. "The diocese is taking these concerns seriously and is committed […]

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