Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also cold and flu season.
Please don’t be offended if someone declines to shake your hand during the sign of peace. He/she may be ill and not wanting to pass those germs on to you. To be equally kind, if you are ill—or think you’re coming down with something—please don’t shake the hands of those around you.
Fr. Tom assures us that a kindly offered smile is a perfect sign of peace! And, if you’re really ill, please stay home. Fr. Tom gives you permission to miss Mass.