Jan 16, 2013 11:59 AM by Joe Bevans
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, N.H., is encouraging parishioners to stay home from Mass if they have the flu. The Most Rev. Peter Libasci also encouraged people to share the Sign of Peace during Mass without touching hands or kissing. He said that ritual can be accomplished with smiles and a bow of the head in reverence to one another. The bishop also said Communion should only be given in the form of consecrated bread. Parishioners won't be able to get wine via the chalice. He also has asked that greeters and ushers refrain from shaking hands with parishioners and use only verbal greetings. Similar restrictions were imposed last week in the Archdiocese of Boston.