Church, schools deal with flu

| June 18, 2009

New Zealand's Catholic community has become the latest group affected by the swine flu outbreak.

Yesterday, Bishop Denis Browne, president of New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, directed parishes to limit the distribution of holy communion.

"Because large, public gatherings take place in churches, we feel it is important to take steps to manage the potential risk to the whole community."

The use of the chalice will cease and the wafer will be received on the hand only. The bishops have suggested that people who are unwell stay at home rather than attend Mass.

"We have asked that 'anointing Masses' cease as many who attend these are elderly or sick and therefore more vulnerable when they gather as a community," he said.

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10579161

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