Local church makes changes to protect parishioners from coronavirus

Hampshire County

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S. and across the globe has people changing aspects of their everyday lives in an attempt to protect themselves.

Coronavirus has changed the way church-goers worship. Locally, the Diocese of Springfield has made a number of changes in an attempt to prevent the spread of germs.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has issued the following directives in all liturgies, parishes, and schools:

  • Holy water fonts have been drained, cleaned and will remain empty until further notice
  • Sign of peace during mass has been temporarily discontinued
  • No longer wine at communion

Despite all of the precautionary changes by the Diocese of Springfield, parishioners say fears of the coronavuris won’t keep them from attending mass.

“Telling us not to shake hands during peace and trying to limit the contact during flu season,” Ken Vautrin told 22News.

“No because I think if you practice good hygiene measures like they say wash your hands for 20 seconds, when you cough use a tissue or cough into your arm, your elbow. I think this is what we need to do,” Debroah Methot of Chicopee recommended.

The Diocese of Springfield is asking that if you are sick, stay home and do not attend mass. However, there is an exception for people with severe cases of celiac disease which doesn’t allow the person to eat the Eucharist.

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