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Allentown Diocese churches to lift flu precautions

Published On: Mar 22 2013 03:49:37 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 22 2013 03:50:21 PM EDT
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Churches in the 5-county Allentown Diocese will lift their flu precautions next week, officials announced Friday.

Beginning with Masses on Holy Thursday, March 28, parishioners will again be permitted to drink from a chalice of consecrated wine and shake hands during the sign of peace.

The precautions were put in place during the height of flu season in January as a way of protecting the health of church-goers.


The Allentown Diocese is made up of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.