Q: What are your thoughts about Eucharistic Ministers using hand sanitizer after the Sign of Peace and before distribution? When that flu broke out years ago (can’t remember what it was called), it was understandable. But today, isn’t it unnecessary?
A: There’s no rubric for communion ministers to wash their hands, of course. Some people are concerned about hygiene at communion (even though they touch door handles and pew tops without a moment’s concern). I’m OK with using hand sanitizer, but I don’t like it to become its own ritual. I think it’s best if communion ministers carry sanitizer in a pocket or purse and apply it as they come forward.