Nov. 1, 2021 in Uncategorized
Wherever two or more people gather, some sharing of germs is inevitable. When Catholics gather in Jesus’ name to celebrate the Eucharist, we should focus on sharing our gratitude, our faith and our belief in Christ among us and do our best to limit the spread of germs. Along with the Holy Father, the Diocese of Grand Rapids sympathizes with and holds in prayer all who have been impacted by illness. Parishes and parishioners should follow normal cold/flu prevention guidelines to keep the celebration of Mass as safe and healthy as possible.
During cold and flu season, each of us has the responsibility of taking precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses by:
- Wearing a mask to limit the spread of germs
- Washing your hands frequently and for the appropriate length of time using soap and water, or hand-sanitizing products if soap and water are not available.
- Covering your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
- If you are sick, or experiencing flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Your Sunday obligation is waived in this circumstance. Please join us in spirit by watching the 10 a.m. televised Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
- Click here for additional health habits for preventing the flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Here are some general practices to keep in mind when it comes to the flu and Mass.
Should I come to Mass?
The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and other holy days of obligation is the ordinary expectation for Roman Catholics (Canon 1247). However, extraordinary circumstances such as sickness or severe weather excuse the faithful from this obligation. If you suspect you have the flu or are suffering from a serious cold, please stay at home and do not risk spreading infection to others.
Holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer
Well-intentioned folks introduced this custom into parishes in the 1980s. Although holding hands is a beautiful expression of people united in prayer, the gesture is not envisioned in any Church documents governing liturgy. Thus, no one is required to hold hands. It is very fitting to pray the “Our Father” with your hands placed together in prayer.
The sign of peace
Please don’t be offended if someone chooses not to shake hands with you during the sign of peace. An appropriate gesture for those who are concerned about spreading illness might be to strive for eye contact rather than physical contact. You could clasp your hands together and bow gently to those around you, and with a smile say “Peace be with you,” or “Peace of Christ.”
Receiving Holy Communion
Roman Catholics believe that both the body and the blood of Christ are contained in the Holy Eucharist under the form of the consecrated host. But the Church encourages reception of the chalice at Mass as a fuller expression of the Last Supper and Christ’s precious blood poured out for us in sacrifice. If you are feeling sick, please receive Holy Communion in the hand, rather than on the tongue, and refrain from receiving Communion from the chalice. It is not appropriate to dip your host into the chalice, as this is irreverent and can contaminate the chalice.
Pregnant women and persons with compromised immune systems
If you’ve been told by your physician/medical advisor that you are particularly susceptible to infection or to complications due to flu in particular, please refrain from practices that might make you sick, including shaking hands, receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, drinking the Precious Blood from the chalice, etc.
Guidelines en Español
From the USCCB:
Resource: Diocese of Grand Rapids, Office for Worship
Tags: Catholic, cold and flu, Eucharist, flu, Mass
How do you stay healthy in cold flu season? ›
- Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. ...
- Stay home when you are sick. ...
- Cover your mouth and nose. ...
- Clean your hands. ...
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. ...
- Practice other good health habits.
A good rule of thumb I found was this: if you are unwell enough that you would call in sick for work it is probably best to not go to Mass. This is not just for your own health but the health of others if you are contagious. If it is some longer term non-contagious ailment then it also falls to the conscience.How sick do you have to be to miss Mass Catholic? ›
Finally, keep in mind that the Catechism of the Catholic Church does not say that you must be “seriously ill” to have just reason to miss Mass. It says that illness (without qualification) constitutes a “serious reason” that justifies missing Mass on a Sunday or holy day. What if I want to go to Mass anyway?Should I go to Mass if I have the flu? ›
If you suspect you have the flu or are suffering from a serious cold or other contagious illness, please stay at home and do not risk spreading infection to others.What are 5 cold fighting foods to eat during flu season? ›
- Broth. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or vegetable, broth is one of the best things you can eat when you have the flu. ...
- Chicken soup. ...
- Garlic. ...
- Yogurt. ...
- Vitamin C–containing fruits and vegetables. ...
- Leafy greens. ...
- Broccoli. ...
- Eat Well. Food Assistance. ...
- Be Physically Active. Regular physical activity helps you feel better, sleep better, and reduce anxiety. ...
- Maintain a Healthy Weight. Excess weight can affect how your body functions. ...
- Get Enough Sleep. ...
- Quit Smoking. ...
- Avoid Too Much Alcohol. ...
- In Summary.
If you are sick, or experiencing flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Your Sunday obligation is waived in this circumstance.What not to do in Catholic Mass? ›
- No Food and Drink in Church.
- Don't chew gum in church.
- Dress modestly and appropriately.
- Show up at least a few minutes early.
- Cell phones should never be used in Mass for calls or texting.
- When we enter and leave Church, genuflect toward the Tabernacle.
- Take loud children to the back.
A. It is still considered a mortal sin to miss Mass on a day of obligation without a good reason. The church has always believed that this obligation stems from the Ten Commandments given to Moses, one of which was to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”Should I exercise to get rid of the flu? ›
Animal studies show that strenuous exercise with a fever can worsen the illness and in extreme cases, it could be fatal. Fever also decreases your precision and coordination, which can lead to injury. If you suspect you have the flu, do not exercise.
Is it OK to attend Mass on TV? ›
As a general rule, Catholics are obliged to attend Mass each Sunday. This is in fulfillment of the Second Commandment. Simply watching Mass on TV does not fulfill the obligation. A Catholic who can reasonably do so must attend Mass at a parish church or oratory.Is it better to let a flu run its course? ›
When should I see the doctor for the flu? Since the flu is a virus, you usually have to let it run its course.What is the Catholic healing for the sick? ›
A Prayer for Good Health
I ask for Your healing Hand to heal me. Touch my tender soul with Your compassion for we who are Your humble servants; Let Your abounding Love for all and Your courage Touch my heart; touch my mind with Your Wisdom, and may my mouth always proclaim Your praise to all people I meet.
“I would like to remind everyone that closeness to the sick and their pastoral care is not only the task of certain specifically designated ministers; visiting the sick is an invitation that Christ addresses to all his disciples,” the pope said.Who do Catholics pray to when sick? ›
Short prayer for the sick
O almighty and everlasting God, hear us on behalf of your servants who are sick; for whom we humbly beg the help of your mercy; that, their health being restored to them, they may render thanks to you.
Hence, a person who is already suffering from cough and cold should avoid foods that are rich in histamines. Some foods to avoid are avocados, mushrooms, strawberries, dry fruits, alcohol, yogurt, vinegar and fermented foods.What foods should be avoided during cold flu? ›
- 1 Caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Between elevated temperatures and increased sweating, dehydration is something to be cautious of when you have a fever. ...
- 2 Greasy foods. ...
- 3 Hard to digest grains. ...
- 4 Sugary food or drinks.
As far as what to avoid when you're sick, steer clear of foods that may fuel inflammation or stress your immune system. Those foods include refined sugar, processed foods (especially those with artificial ingredients), conventional dairy and meat, caffeine, and alcohol.What vitamins to take when sick with cold? ›
It includes lymphocytes T (e.g., regulatory T cells) and lymphocytes B.
- 1.1. Mechanism of Innate Immunity (Physical Barriers and Immune Cells) during Common Cold. ...
- 1.2. ...
It is an antioxidant that protects body from free radical damage. It is used as therapeutic agent in many diseases and disorders. Vitamin C protects the immune system, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps to fight off infections.
What foods build up your immune system? ›
- Probiotic foods include kefir, yogurt with live active cultures, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha tea, kimchi, and miso.
- Prebiotic foods include garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, bananas, and seaweed.
What's smartest is to stay home for the worst of the illness-about two to four days for a severe cold and five to seven days for the flu, Saxinger said. "When you're feeling your worst, try not to be out and about; that's when you are most infectious."Do I stay home with a common cold? ›
If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to help prevent spreading it to other people: Stay at home while you are sick and keep children out of school or daycare while they are sick. Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands. Move away from people before coughing or sneezing.Is COVID-19 like the common cold? ›
The common cold and COVID-19 have many symptoms that overlap (Table 1,2). These symptoms primarily include body aches, cough, runny nose, and sore throat. But some symptoms apply only to COVID-19.Is it OK to clap in a Catholic church? ›
There is no simple answer to whether applause is appropriate in the liturgy. It really depends on who the Catholics are and why they might be clapping! Applause is never called for per se in the rubrics that govern our rites.What are the main sins in Catholicism? ›
They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth (acedia). Note from the author: For those of you who do not understand why these particular sins are of grave matter, I would suggest that you refer to the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas.Can you drink coffee in Catholic Mass? ›
In 1953 and again in 1957 Pope Pius XII reduced the fast to three hours prior to Communion. 1964 Pope Paul VI further reduced the fast to one hour including all food and drink, allowing water and medicine at any time. Therefore, coffee violates the fast, as does chewing gum.Do I have to go to confession if I miss Sunday Mass? ›
A. Yes, most likely, at least an honest attempt must be made, but let's clarify. It's not necessarily a black-and-white answer. The quick answer is that if you committed a mortal sin, then yes, you should go to confession prior to receiving Holy Communion if possible.Can I receive Communion if I miss Mass? ›
But when it comes to receiving Communion on a weekday, because you can receive Communion even in a Communion service where many parts of the Mass don't take place (because it's not a Mass), you are able to receive Communion even if you haven't fully attended the Mass.Does a priest have to say Mass every day? ›
Priests aren't obligated to celebrate the Mass every day. No, priests aren't required to celebrate the Mass every day. However, through the sacrament of Holy Orders, the priest has promised to pursue holiness and serve his people. What better way to do both than through the Sacrifice of the Mass?
Should I go for a walk if I have a cold? ›
Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a common cold and no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion.What is the best exercise for flu? ›
“If your sinuses are plugged up, walking will stimulate you to take deep breaths and can help open up those passages,” says Besser. (Of course, if you discover that walking – or any type of physical exertion – makes you feel worse, rather than better, stop and focus on getting rest, instead.)
One popular misconception is that you can “sweat out a cold.” You may think of sweating out a cold as a way to get better, but it actually might cause more complications like dehydration that keep your body from healing fast.Are you allowed to wear jeans to Mass? ›
Jeans are not appropriate, as they are casual. Shoulders ought to be covered, and no plunging necklines. Chapel veils are also a possibility, though they are optional. These are worn in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord.Is watching Mass on TV same as attending? ›
Watching Mass on TV is not the same as attending Mass and does not fulfill someone's Sunday/holy day obligation. However, if someone is unable to attend Mass, then there is no obligation to attend Mass. Being with the community of faith and in the presence of the eucharistic Lord is not the same as watching it on TV.What is a lukewarm Catholic? ›
From the context, “lukewarm” means a condition of being neither antagonistic (“cold”) or passionate (“hot”) in the pursuit of his Christian duties. Rather, this Christian, perhaps the bishop, is self-satisfied with what he has, and evidently is unwilling to extend himself on behalf of Christ.Does vitamin C help with flu? ›
Taking extra doses of vitamin C after you start feeling sick may help relieve symptoms like fever, chills, and chest pain. Research shows that vitamin C won't improve nasal congestion, runny nose, or sore throat.What helps speed up flu recovery? ›
- Rest up. The most important thing is to get plenty of rest when you're unwell. ...
- Stay at home. ...
- Take over-the-counter medication if you need. ...
- Drink plenty of fluids. ...
- Eat healthy meals. ...
- Stay propped up. ...
- Be kind to yourself.
Studies indicate that “a good quality elderberry extract product might be quite effective in shortening the duration and the severity of symptoms associated with the flu if taken within the first 24 hours of symptoms,” Greenfield said.Is missing Mass due to illness a mortal sin? ›
Our Sunday Mass obligation is based on the Third Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day — keep it holy” (Ex 20:8). All of the commandments of God are serious matter, so to deliberately miss Mass on Sunday — without a just reason — would objectively be considered a mortal sin.
How much of Mass can I miss? ›
Answer: There is no legal or canonical answer. The Church simply requires us to attend Mass, not parts or percentages of Mass.What shall I do if I get sick and can't go to Mass? ›
The right thing to do is to stay home for your safety and the safety of others. One should not feel guilty for not going to Mass. Catholics are encouraged to offer up their sickness or pastoral care for the sake of those who are seriously ill and for those who have died.Does watching Catholic Mass on TV count? ›
As a general rule, Catholics are obliged to attend Mass each Sunday. This is in fulfillment of the Second Commandment. Simply watching Mass on TV does not fulfill the obligation. A Catholic who can reasonably do so must attend Mass at a parish church or oratory.What is considered a mortal sin in the Catholic Church? ›
They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth (acedia). Note from the author: For those of you who do not understand why these particular sins are of grave matter, I would suggest that you refer to the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas.Why were people unhappy with the Catholic Church? ›
Some felt that the Catholic Church was more interested in money and power than in saving souls. For example, the church sold 'indulgences' for those who had committed sins. For a fine, paid to the church, your sin would be forgiven and when you died, the Church said that you would go to heaven.How often should a Catholic go to Mass? ›
About half of cultural Catholics say they attend Mass at least once in a while, including 4% who say they attend weekly, 28% who attend once or twice a month or a few times a year and 15% who say they attend less often.Can I receive Communion if I missed Mass? ›
But when it comes to receiving Communion on a weekday, because you can receive Communion even in a Communion service where many parts of the Mass don't take place (because it's not a Mass), you are able to receive Communion even if you haven't fully attended the Mass.What are excusable reasons to miss Mass? ›
You have no obligation to come to Mass when it is impossible, either physically or morally, or where charity would require absenting yourself, such as if you have a contagious illness. Examples of legitimate reasons to miss Mass given in the Catechism are illness or the care of infants (CCC 2181).What is the Catholic prayer for the not getting sick? ›
Catholic Prayer For Improved Health
No disease can stand up to your all-curing might. Grant us your grace, love, and mercy. Hear our prayer, O God of heavenly powers, and can restore bodily health. You drive away all sickness and infirmity from our bodies by the might of your command.
- Pretending you're not sick. This never works. ...
- Not sleeping enough. Getting enough sleep is key for a healthy immune system. ...
- Getting stressed. ...
- Drinking too little. ...
- Drinking alcohol. ...
- Overusing decongestant sprays. ...
Should you do nothing when you're sick? ›
Beyond not feeling well, taking a sick day can cause stress from feeling idle or unproductive. However, it is extremely productive for your health and the health of those around you. Sometimes you have no choice but to allow yourself to take a pause, rest, and heal.Can you receive Communion without going to confession? ›
A. The Catholic Church teaches that a person conscious of having committed a mortal sin must confess it before he or she receives Holy Communion (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1457).Can you be a Catholic and not go to confession? ›
Confession—or the sacrament of reconciliation, as it's officially known—has become the one sacrament casual Catholics feel free to skip.What are common sins to confess? ›
- All use of illegal drugs.
- Any dealing with occult, IE. Ouija boards.
- Artificial Birth Control.
- Blasphemy: disrespect toward God or toward His Holy Name.
- Breaking promises deliberately.
- Bringing dishonor to family, school, community, or the Church.