‘Shaking of hands acceptable’ priest

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Twitter Print Linkedincenter_img THE shaking of hands between worshippers at local Catholic churches is quite acceptable by the authorities, despite warnings on the transmission of swine flu’ from person to person.Rev Fr Paul Finnerty, diocesan secretary, was responding to calls from some massgoers to the Limerick Post, for the immediate suspension of the practice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He confirmed that the diocese had been in touch with the HSE on the matter, and was assured there was no need to change policy.“I consulted with the HSE regards suspending the sign of peace in the form of a handshake at Masses. The position of the HSE was that there is no need to end the practice”. He insisted, however, that those who are feeling ill should not attend Mass.He continued: “I have noted the HSE’s concerns as to the dangers of persons with flu’ symptoms attending at Mass and other church services.“This constitutes the greatest danger of all in terms of spreading disease. It is advisable that persons with symptoms of flu’ not to participate in church services during their illness”.Despite the continuation of the practice of handshaking, he assures those who attend Mass that it will be reconsidered should the HSE’s position alter.He concluded: “We will continue to liaise with the HSE on this matter and should they have a change of attitude, I will then be informing parishes”.There are some churches in the diocese who have volunteered to drop shaking hands during Mass.One lady told the Post that she considered it inappropriate to continue with the practice at the present time.“All sort of precautions should be taken to prevent the spread of swine flu’ .We are constantly being warned of the dangers and to be on the alert”. NewsLocal News‘Shaking of hands acceptable’ priestBy admin – September 17, 2009 609 Email Previous articleLocal economy in recovery modeNext articleLast chance to impress ? adminlast_img read more

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Sanders remembers Ecuador jungle with fondness

first_img Sanders remembers Ecuador jungle with fondness Sanders made friends with most of the Spanish-speaking students. His friend, Andres Espinoza, invited him to visit him and his family in Maravalle outside of Quito.He visited again and again.“The people of Ecuador are friendly and warm,” Sanders said. “During my visits to Ecuador, I’ve learned a lot about the people and their culture and have enjoyed every visit. But, I wanted to go to the deep jungle before highways are built to bring natural resources out of Brazil and Ecuador, mainly for exportation to China. When the highways come in, the primary jungles will be changed forever.”While in Ecuador, Sanders made plans to spend time at the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Amazon Region of Ecuador. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author “The plane ride to Cuyabeno took about 25 minutes, then there was a two hour bus ride to board the water taxi that took us to the wildlife reserve, which is not far from Columbia and Brazil,” Sanders said. “Cuyabeno is owned by five Indian tribes. We stayed in cabins on the Grand Lagoon so our view was not obstructed by trees. I didn’t know that you could see the Southern Cross from there but it was wonderfully visible.”By day, Sanders traveled by water taxi and experienced the jungle by boat and on foot.“The temperature was about 72 every day, and what was so amazing was that there are no mosquitoes,” he said. “The acidity of the water is part of the reason. And, too, the fish eat the larva and there are no humans around to leave tires and cans where mosquitoes can breed.”Sanders said the jungle was a beautiful and intriguing place.“The sky was so blue, bluer than I had ever seen,” he said. “The trees were not as tall as I thought, but were so dense that the leaves looked black. Spider monkeys and wooly monkeys were in trees everywhere but it was hard to make them out.“We saw all kinds of jungle cats, parrots and other birds, anacondas, boa constrictors and pink dolphins. The vegetation was a mixture of blooms – from big, red flowers to delicate orchids – to thick greenery. There were no briars so you could easily walk on the jungle floor.”Vegetation was so thick in some places that it was almost impassable.“Just on one 2.2 acre plot, there were 2,600 different species of plants,” Sanders said. “The primary jungle is a place that should remain that way forever.”An interesting side was a visit with a Shaman.“The Shaman that we visited was a third generation Shaman and he was more like the Disney World version,” Sanders said. “He chanted and shook leaves that looked like they were off an angel trumpet plant. People go to the Shaman for enlightenment but he seemed to be more of a herbalist who knew the secrets of the forest.”Sanders also had an opportunity to participate in the making of yucca bread.“The yucca plant was ground into a flour on a tin with nails hammered into it,” he said. “When the bread was baked, there was no taste to it. It was like eating nothing and, to think, that yucca bread is what has sustained the jungle people for years and years.”Ecuador is near the equator so the sun rises at 6 a.m. and sets at 6 p.m.“We only had electricity one hour a day so candles provided light at night,” Sanders said. “Night time in Ecuador is wonderfully dark.”Guests at the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve had many opportunities for fellowship.“Most of the people who visit Ecuador are Europeans,” Sanders said. “Not many Americans go there but I would highly recommend it. Ecuador is an amazing place. It’s about the size of Alabama and it has a coastal region and snow capped mountains with the dessert on one side and the jungle on the other.”Sadly, Sanders said there is visible evidence of oil exploration and, with that, comes change.“I would hate to see the rain forest disappear and the thousands of butterflies that cluster everywhere,” he said. “It would be disappointing not to be able to go into the more remote villages and buy a piece of handmade pottery that had been baked over a fire. I’m just proud that I got an opportunity to do into the deep jungle of Ecuador before it’s gone forever.” Published 11:00 pm Friday, June 28, 2013 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Curtis Monroe is on a journey to create art that evokes emotion Curtis Monroe works in bright colors and geometric shapes to convey movement and feeling. Curtis Monroe of Galloway Road wants… read more Sanders experienced the rumble of thunder and the flashing of distant lighting on dark jungle nights and a night lit by millions of stars millions of miles away.Sanders was no stranger to Ecuador. His journey there this month was his sixth. He went to, once again, visit friends that he met 13 years ago at Troy University, and to experience the primary jungle before it gives way to “progress.”“In 1998, Troy University’s ‘Circle of Friends’ brought international students and members of the Troy community together,” Sanders said. “I was getting a degree in international business and was required to take a foreign language so I was taking Spanish.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sanders shares photo memoires of his latest trip.The night was the darkest Carter Sanders had ever experienced. The stars were the most and the brightest he had ever seen. The katydids had silenced. The chatter of the monkeys had ceased. If there were such a thing as perfect tranquility, Sanders was in the state of it.Thirteen years ago, Sanders could not have imagined that he would be in the deep jungle of the upper Amazon Basin basking in the quietness and stillness of a jungle night.But, there he was and it was “an amazing experience.” Skip By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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