Hepatitis A Warning Issued after Christmas Communion

CNN is reporting:

New York (CNN) — Hundreds of people might have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving communion on Christmas Day, Long Island officials said Monday.

The Nassau County Department of Health is offering vaccines to those who attended two services at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park in Long Island, New York, according to Nassau County Department of Health spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain.

Individuals might be at risk if they received communion during the 10:30 am and noon Masses, according to a statement from the county health department.

“We know that there’s a potential that (exposure) could have happened,” she said. “We think the risk is relatively low.”

At least one member of the clergy involved in the communion process was infected with the disease, Laurain said.

There have been no additional reports of illness.

Some 1,300 people were in attendance between the two church services, she added.

… ‘might have’… ‘could have happened’… ‘we think’!

Colour me just a little sceptical!

That said, perhaps this is a good time for a reminder: Special care should always be exercised when using the purificator. Purification – that is what it is there for. The Sacred Vessel should be wiped properly with a clean part of the purificator after a communicant drinks. Another measure that should be applied is giving the cup a 1/4 turn after it has been put to the lips. Those who are ill (Priests included) should excuse themselves from partaking in the sharing of the Communion Cup. The host is sufficient as Christ resides fully under either of the species.


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