A Reminder from the Diocese of Rockford
The Office of Divine Worship has specific recommendations for Catholic parishioners, pastors and extraordinary ministers of communion during the cold and flu seasons each year.
With growing concern and media reports regarding the COVID 19 or Coronavirus, the Diocese of Rockford is reminding the faithful to be mindful of the following best practices while at Mass and public liturgical gatherings. (Click Here to read the full document)
The offering of Holy Communion under both species, the Sacred Host and the Precious Blood, is up to the discretion of the pastor.
Catholics are also reminded of their personal discretion as well. One does not have to consume both the Sacred Host and the Precious Blood offered during the distribution of Holy Communion. Catholics may receive Holy Communion under one species, namely, the Sacred Host, while receiving the fullness of Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
It is a matter of personal discretion how one prefers to offer the Sign of Peace. Physical contact is not required. One may acknowledge and offer a sign of peace in a variety of ways that do not necessitate physical contact.
It is also most helpful during these times of great health concern to offer additional prayers for the sick and those who care for them.
If Catholics have specific concerns they are asked to direct them to their individual pastor or parish director of liturgy.