POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2009 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is now taking precautionary measures to keep the dangerous swine flu virus from spreading.
If you go to Sunday mass, you'll be seeing some changes, for your own health safety.
The biggest change, Catholics will see, at mass, is the precious blood of christ, the wine, will not be distributed.
In this Catholic ritual, church-goers, drink from the same chalice.
Although, the chalice is wiped, after each person takes a drink, the Diocese decided it's best if they do not offer the blood of christ for now.
With the flu scare around, Catholic churches will not be giving out Holy communion on the tongue, they will only be giving out the bread in the hand.
News Center 23 caught up with a devout Catholic, who believes, God will protect her from all illnesses, no matter what...
She says, " I believe as a strong catholic to receive the precious blood is precious, i would not worry about it, the lord will protect me, and i do believe it."
Church leaders are also asking that parishoners do not hold hands during the "Our Father" prayer for everyone's health safety.
Bishop Reymundo Pena says, they are confident there is no immediate danger, they just want to be safe, rather than sorry.