Flu Season and Passing the Peace

Are you worried about passing on germs (or receiving them!) while passing the peace?

We are indeed in a period of heightened illness, and the flu is ravaging many areas of the country. So please use your best judgment. The passing of the peace is an important theological part of our liturgy that provides the opportunity to proclaim and hear the hope and good news that Jesus is with us. But HOW we transmit and receive this message is of secondary importance to the message itself.

So, if you are uncomfortable at this time with the traditional act of shaking hands, then a simple wave accompanied by the words "Peace be with you!" is more than sufficient.