Sickness may be keeping people home from churches in Door and Kewaunee Counties, but not changing much else once they get there. The Centers for Disease Control estimates over 13 million people have suffered from flu this year, with thousands being hospitalized because of it. That has caused churches across the country to change practices during their services, like greeting one another and communion. Father Daniel Schuster of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Luxemburg and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Casco says their traditions have allowed them to keep doing what they do without making a big deal of it.
Schuster says the parishes’ schools have been in contact with parents if other students are forced to stay home due to a positive influenza test. On Tuesday afternoon the Archdiocese of Chicago announced measures to limit contact during its services due to the coronavirus. Until further notice, there will be no physical contact during the sign of peace and the Lord's Prayer, baptismal fonts will be turned off, and parishioners will not be allowed to drink from the cup.