Bronx churches take extra precautions at Mass during coronavirus outbreak

Catholic priests across the borough are making changes to Mass amid the coronavirus outbreak.

News 12 Staff

Mar 8, 2020, 5:50 PM

Updated 1,538 days ago

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Catholic priests across the borough are making changes to Mass amid the coronavirus outbreak.
People are becoming fearful of partaking in normal aspects of Mass like shaking hands.
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"You don't have to shake hands," says parishioner Pat Dawson. "You can still offer peace without shaking hands."
At St. Helena's Church in Parkchester, they are paying special attention to ensure ministers are washing their hands before they serve communion. There is also a bottle of Purell on the alter for extra precaution.
During the Lenten season, pews are normally full of worshippers but attendance has been down in recent weeks.
The changes being made are temporary as the Catholic church tries to stop the spread of the virus and give Mass-goers a sense of security.
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