SAY THE BLACK AND DO THE RED!
Father Chicken Little here, happy to pass on some common sense hygiene from Australia! I wonder how the government feels about the common chalice at Mass?
"Celebrating birthdays at school just got a little less fun for kids in Australia. New guidelines issued Tuesday by the country's National Health and Medical Research Council say that children can no longer blow out the candles on cakes at school because doing so spreads too many germs."
Of course as I have written before at Roman Masses that are concelebrated, the concelebrants never, never, ever drink from a common chalice, this includes the princes of the Church and other archbishops and bishops, not to mention priests. No they do what his hygienically common sense, they take the Sacred Host and intinct it into the chalice of Precious Blood.
The Holy Father also gives Holy Communion to the deacons of the Mass as they kneel before him through intinction as well. No one drinks from the common chalice save the celebrant himself.
I think Europeans are more conscious of health issues, like germs and cleanliness whereas we Americans like the Australians until recently have blown on cakes and drink after others with reckless abandon!
HAPPY AND HEALTHY BIRTHDAYS TO ALL!