Given the nature and the pastoral reality of our parish, parishioners and visitors are welcome to exchange the Sign of Peace with the persons next to them either by shaking hands or by a slight bow of the head in silence or using the words "Peace be with you." Please remember that no one is required to shake hands and that all of us are invited to honor each other needs and preferences. As a liturgical sign, we are called to share it with reverence to keep the solemnity of our Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Please keep in mind that this is not a time to greet one another or to wave to people across the church. Rather, the Church asks us to exchange the sign of peace "in a sober manner" just as we reverently approach the Eucharist.
Thank you for your understanding and collaboration.
-fr. Jorge Rativa, O.P