SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – In response to the declaration of a Public Health Emergency in San Antonio and Bexar County, the Archdiocese of San Antonio  is recommending some temporary changes to the celebration of the liturgy.

Parishes are requested to remove holy water from fonts at the church doors, temporarily discontinue the distribution of the Precious Blood at Mass,  distribute Holy Communion in the hand , rather than on the tongue, and avoid physical contact.

The archdiocese is closely monitoring the situation, and updates regarding the temporary suspension of these Mass practices will be provided in a timely manner,” said Jordan McMorrough, spokesman for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

He says pastors have discretion in instituting these directives in their parishes, in light of local needs and protocols.

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, requests everyone pray for the good health of all people in the world and our communities.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not
give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” John 14:27.

The archdiocese also recommends following the recommendations from the CDC to prevent the spread of any virus.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and stay home when you are sick.

For Catholic schools, in addition to the steps listed above, cleaning classroom tables and surfaces to sanitize frequently is strongly emphasized.

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