At the direction of Bishop Gainer all parishes and institutions are instructed to suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful by way of the Chalice and to omit the exchange of peace effective February 28, 2020.
Regarding the exchange of peace, the priest/celebrant continues to say, “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” with the Assembly responding. The invitation to exchange the sign of peace is OMITTED (in accord with #128 Ordo Missae), and the Communion Rite continues.
Bishop Gainer has suspended the use of our Holy Water fonts during this period of time. All of our Parish fonts have been removed and will be replaced at the time of the Bishop’s approval.
This is a temporary measure taken out of abundance of caution for the well being as well as an act of charity toward your fellow parishioners.
Bishop Gainer’s “The Faith Alive” Series watch below on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Harrisburg.