Maine churches take H1N1 measures

Posted Nov. 01, 2009, at 5:57 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Catholic churches are taking steps this weekend to prevent the spread of swine flu.

The Portland diocese says it’s reinstituting precautions during Masses after consulting with state health officials.

Bishop Richard Malone is asking parishioners who are at risk or already have cold or flu-like symptoms to stay home. Individuals who are ill are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation.

The distribution of the shared wine is suspended, and parishioners are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.

Parishioners should not to shake hands during the Sign of Peace or hold hands during the Our Father.

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