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Nov 3rd 2013 new
(quote) Chris-589554 said: Melissa,

As Robert said and I know full well being a nurse practitioner, there is no way that you'll be able to drag yourself to church if you truly have the flu. It puts you down!! People confuse a "bad cold" or bronchitis with the flu. Flu keeps you out of circulation for days.

As others already said, cover when you sneeze and cough, sit away from others, don't shake hands, wash your hands often!!! and call or visit your primary care provider for guidance on your symptoms and what you have.

Ask your priest for guidance on whether it's a sin when you have a slight illness.

Thanks, Chris. I will ask my priest about it when I have a chance. Before that, I would like to know people's opinions here. I don't like to get infected by communicable diseases as anyone else. If I have got infected by respiratory diseases because of the person sitting beside me in church (that's very terrible), the next time I attend mass, I will have to choose the seat and see if there are sick people sitting around. :)
Nov 3rd 2013 new
Barbara, I am sorry that you got sick because of infection from other people. Thanks for the information. God bless yo
Nov 3rd 2013 new
(quote) Edward-4511 said: Having a cold or the flu excuses you from your obligation to attend Mass.

Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin wrote a post on the issue several years ago.

Thanks Edward for the link. God bless you.
Nov 3rd 2013 new
(quote) Andrew-290721 said: I would not go as far as to say it is a sin, but it may not be very considerate depending upon the situation. If I am ill and believe I have a communicable disease, I try to find a large, relatively empty church and sit somewhere away from other people as best as I can. Many inner-city parishes have plenty of empty pews and have room for one more person. Even a fairly well-attended parish may skew toward being more crowded near the exit to the parking lot, resulting in empty areas away from the doors. An early morning Mass may be less crowded than the 10 or 11 AM Mass.
Thanks for the suggestion, Andrew. That's true. It's really an inconsiderate act that a person with communicable illness infects other people in church. God bless you.
Nov 3rd 2013 new
(quote) Jerry-74383 said: Many respiratory infections can be spread via contaminated surfaces, so even if the infectious person is the only one in the church at the time, others who come in contact with the same surfaces later could acquire the infection.

That's true. No matter what, the viruses and germs may infect other people. God bless.
Nov 3rd 2013 new
(quote) Julie-42315 said: I don't see how it can be if you are ill.
Did you by chance read the question as asking whether it is a sin NOT to go to Mass if one is ill?

Nov 3rd 2013 new
sit at the back and cover your face when you cough and dont shake hands
Nov 4th 2013 new
(quote) Jerry-74383 said: Did you by chance read the question as asking whether it is a sin NOT to go to Mass if one is ill?

Yes, I guess I did.

And no, I don't think it's a sin if someone does attend with the purpose of fulfilling their Sunday or Holy Day obligation while not feeling well. If they are intentionally trying to make others sick, well, that's another story.

It saddens me that the church sometimes instills unnecessary fear in people (sin to go to mass if sick, sin to stay home if sick). And then they act like they are the answer to the fear that they created in the first place.

Nov 4th 2013 new
(quote) Melissa-407647 said: Dear friends. A happy and blessed Sunday to you all. Is it a sin to attend mass while having influenza or cough? You know that you may spread the virus or infect other people in church with influenza virus even though you don't have intention to harm them. I know that while we are sick, it's OK not to attend mass. But is it a sin if we come to mass while we are sick?
I live in the Sacramento, California USA diocese. There was a period of about 1 month earlier this year, due to a flu outbreak in the area, where the bishop asked that people not shake hands at the sign of peace (in any of the parishes) so as not to unintentionally spread the flu virus.

I personally don't shake hand with people at Mass if I have a cold. At the very least, I think that it is considerate gesture to do for your neighbor.

Nov 4th 2013 new
(quote) Tom-112790 said: sit at the back and cover your face when you cough and dont shake hands
Thanks, Tom for your advice. theheart
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