During the cold and flu season, we ask that everyone be mindful of others when attending Mass. If you are sick and believe you are contagious, stay home. The obligation to attend Mass is not required if you are ill. If you do have cold or flu like symptoms, do not feel that you have to exchange the Sign of Peace with others. Simply wave or nod your head to your neighbors. If your parish has a custom of holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer, parishioners who are ill may fold their hands in a prayerful posture. While it is the norm in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to receive the Eucharist under both sacred species, refrain from drinking from the chalice if you feel ill. You are still receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord.