The head of the Catholic Church for the New York Metropolitan area (a bishop) has issued a statement to all parishioners and dioceses in NYC – the Sacramental wine that is usually served during mass will not be issued out of health concerns during this year’s swine flu (H1N1) season.
This mandate takes effect immediately. The period that this new policy takes effect starts today and will run from October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010.
It is also recommended that parishioners receive the Eucharist in the hand rather than on the tongue. Though this is the method that is often prescribed by Church doctrine out of reverence for the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ — this suggestion is being made because it is believed to be a better hygienic practice.