Even though swine flu shots may be available in October, many organizations are taking extra precautions, including Catholic churches.
The Archdiocese of Columbus is informing all it’s churches to step up their hygiene practices to prevent the spread of swine flu in churches. While priests already wash their hands before and during mass, people are being given the option not to drink from the cup.
“When it first came out, when swine flu first was recognized, we stopped doing precious blood at Mass just as a precaution. We are also looking at putting Purell in the pews so that people can wash their hands before they come up and receive and give the sign of peace,” tells Father Jordan Turano of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Priests across the nation received booklets from the Diocese on how to prevent the spread of illness within churches
“The information came down in June actually from the Diocese. We received a whole packet on the H1N1 pandemic, so we have been looking at that and taking into consideration the health issues,” says Father Turano.
Father Turano says keeping illness at bay can be very simple. He says it starts with simply washing your hands.