Dioceses in Italy are cancelling all Masses for the next two weeks (including Ash Wednesday) as the virus has begun to spread through the north part of the country. While we are nowhere near that step here, clearly we will need to take some precautions in our churches if it eventually makes its way to our shores. So effective immediately, we will forgo the customary ‘kiss of peace’ portion at all Masses until further notice. Also, if you are feeling at all under the weather, please consider the health of your fellow parishioners and abstain from attending Mass until you feel better.
Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that everyone stays healthy in our corner of the world, at least for those of us who attend Church.