Flu Season

01-25-2015Fr. Michael Straley


As many of you have heard, the flu vaccine this year is not effective for the strain of flu that is going around. Over 30 states have declared the flu an epidemic already, although Arizona is not one of them...yet.

With that in mind, the diocese of Phoenix has reminded parishes that holding hands during the Our Father is not required, it is optional. Please do not feel offended if someone chooses not to hold hands, especially during flu season. The same is true for the greeting of peace during Mass.

Obviously, if you are sick with the flu you are not obligated to attend Mass. In fact, it would be wrong to attend Mass while you are sick, because you expose others to your illness.

I hope and pray that most of you avoid this year's flu and that you can celebrate with us every Sunday.

Pax, Fr. Mike