Can I Miss Mass Because of the Flu?

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Can I miss Mass because of the flu going around? My husband and I are in the at-risk age and are worried about receiving Communion from someone’s hands.


Missing Mass due to serious health concerns is considered a legitimate reason.  

You stated that your fear is interaction with the hands of the minister of Communion. You could attend Mass and make a spiritual communion instead of receiving Communion. You can also politely smile and express a verbal sign of peace instead of shaking hands.  

I always recommend people discuss their health and the risks of attending Mass with their medical doctor and make a prudential judgment.

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed
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