A few local Catholics are unnecessarily chary over giving names and contact information when they sign up for Mass. During this effort to snub the coronavirus pandemic, we ask these folks to overcome their fears and instead act for the common good.

The dignity of life, not privacy, is paramount in Catholic social teaching.

Parishes ask for the information, first, to make sure no more than 25 people are in the church at any time, as is required by state order. It also became clear that the lists, if they include contact information, could be used to alert worshippers in case someone at that Mass turns out to have been infected. Those who were in the church would get a call and then isolate themselves to make sure they don’t spread the virus further.

Health officials say Oregon has done relatively well with the virus because citizens have stayed home and stayed 6 feet apart. The next step, one that will allow us to get out without causing cases to rise, involves contact tracing.

Privacy is worth protecting, but not at the expense of potentially spreading a virulent disease.

It is surprising that people who readily insert credit cards into machines linked to multinational corporations — thus surrendering name, address, phone, email and financial details — won’t give name and number to their friendly local parishes. If they fear government health workers, which can be a kind of paranoia, then they should consider that tax returns already have given the state a lot more to chew on than name and phone.

As Msgr. Patrick Brennan of St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception said in a talk last month, let’s stop politicizing the pandemic and make sure we care for others.