We received a letter from the Catholic Conference of Ohio (view now) last Friday (May 8) and we are moving in the direction of being able to celebrate public Mass once again! Each diocese is to determine a soft opening date for the celebration of weekday Mass while respecting social distancing and the safety of its people. Our first daily Mass will be on Memorial Day, May 25th at 9:30 am, followed by Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 pm. This all leads up to Pentecost – May 30/31 for the planned return to publicly celebrated weekend Masses. The diocese has sent us guidelines on social distancing, recommendations on providing a safe environment and instructions on how Holy Communion is to be distributed and we will post them this week. We can tell you that you will be required to wear a mask or face covering and that there will be social distancing rules to follow.
We understand that people are still very leary about going to public places and rightly so. Please know that the decision to come to Mass is an individual one as the virus is still very much with us. The vulnerable are still vulnerable so if you do not feel safe coming to Mass or fear for your health, you are encouraged and welcome to stay home and we respect your decision. If you are not feeling well or have a temperature of 100.4F or higher – stay home. We will continue to post information and the bulletin on our website and make the bulletin available at the back door of the rectory.
IMPORTANT: we are still under the suspension order so NO public Masses are being offered yet – do not come to the parish for Mass. The letter from the bishops can be downloaded below!