I have a concern about the church community receiving Communion when the priest or extraordinary minister of holy Communion puts the host on the tongue of a person. Some saliva may touch his fingers and then touch another host that will go in the next person’s mouth. I feel that until this virus passes we should receive only in the hand.

As for confession, the elderly, disabled, those recovering from surgery or cancer, sometimes only can sit across from the priest. There is not any screen to protect either the priest or the penitent.

Mary Merrick


Editor’s note: The suspension of public Masses and confessions inside churches makes these points moot. However, the Archdiocese of Portland consulted with state health experts who said that the risk of Communion on the tongue and in the hand are about the same. Hands actually are more liable to pick up germs, the health officials said.