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With these churches.

At St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bensenville, there is a message on the door reading: “Due to the ongoing flu season, no chalice will be offered for the foreseeable future. In addition, the optional sign of peace will be omitted at all masses. After making this decision, Bishop (Richard) Pates has requested the same for all parties in the diocese.”

Thus, during Lent, nobody will be drinking communion wine, nor shaking hands during the sign of peace.

Is this a health issue, or is it a faith issue. Surely the direct, physical presence of Jesus Christ counteracts a virus. I am not aware of anyone in history who has ever contracted an illness by taking Holy Communion. The opposite, in fact.