Update from Our Lady of Lourdes Regarding COVID-19

 
March 13, 2020
 
An Update Regarding Coronavirus Concerns in Ohio
 
Dear Parishioners,
On March 12, 2020 the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ohio issued a letter in response to Governor DeWine's executive order regarding large gatherings. Although the Governor excluded churches in this order, the letter dispenses the Catholic faithful in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29. The Bishops' letter will close out this communication.
At Our Lady of Lourdes, please note the following changes that are in effect immediately. Also, please be patient with us as this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will do our best to relay all information received.
 
  • Bishop Brennan encourages senior citizens to NOT attend mass. We highly encourage you to follow this directive to keep our parishioners and community safe.
 
However, if you still plan to attend mass, please note the following changes:
 
  • Weekend and weekday Masses will still be held at normal times. The Church will remain open until 5:00pm on weekdays if you would like to stop and pray.
  • There will be NO altar servers, greeters, lectors or extraordinary ministers. Ushers will be used for collection as needed.
  • Communion will only be distributed by Father Kavanagh and a Deacon. Please reconsider receiving the Eucharist in the hand only during this pandemic.
  • There will be no music or books and pews will be wiped down after every Mass.
  • Bulletins will be available for pickup in the Vestibule. They will NOT be passed out.
  • Holy water will be drained from all fonts.
 
Changes to Activities
  • All Parish Activities are cancelled, including PSR, TMIY, Walk Youth Group Meetings and Walking with Purpose until further notice.
  • There will be NO Parish Committee Meetings.
  • There will be NO Penance Service on April 2, 2020.
  • Stations of the Cross are cancelled for the rest of Lent.
Please pass this information along, especially to the elderly and vulnerable, who may not receive this email communication.
 
The Bishops' letter follows:
RE: Coronavirus Update from the Catholic Bishops of Ohio
This afternoon Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order regarding the avoidance of large mass gatherings to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio.
Even though religious gatherings are expressly excluded in the order, the Catholic bishops of Ohio, out of concern for the common good and the physical as well as spiritual well-being of all of the people of Ohio, have agreed to cooperate with the governor’s direction to create “social distance”.
To that end, we  dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in Ohio and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass  for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29.
Out of charity and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ,  we encourage all the faithful, in particular those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or are at risk of illness seriously to consider refraining from Mass attendance .
As much as possible, we would like to see parish Mass schedules remain unchanged to allow the faithful to offer worship to almighty God and receive the great grace of the sacraments during this trying time; however, we recognize that this may not be possible because many of our senior priests may themselves be at risk. We ask for understanding and flexibility in this regard.
Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, and for an easing of the tension caused by this situation. May Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick and Mother of Mercy, intercede for us, and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us all.
Respectfully,
Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr 
Chairman
Catholic Conference of Ohio
Archbishop of Cincinnati
            
Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer
Auxiliary Bishop 
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus
                        
Most Rev. Jeffrey Monforton
Bishop of Steubenville
                                    
Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J.
Bishop of Youngstown
                        
Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak 
Diocesan Administrator of Cleveland
Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas
Bishop of Toledo             
 

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Christmas Services

Christmas
Mass (Adult Choir)                    Dec. 24th     4:00 pm
Children’s Mass (Kids Choir)    Dec. 24th     7:00 pm

Midnight Mass                          Dec. 25th     12:00 am
Mass                                         Dec. 25th     10:00 am

Solemnity of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)
Mass (Vigil)        Dec. 31st     5:30 pm
Mass                  Jan.    1st   10:00 am


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Please use the Emmaus Drive Entrance. This is what our parking situation will look like for the next couple of weeks. There is some utility work and grading still to be done in the front portion of our parking area. With poorer weather approaching every effort will be made to complete all of the parking areas within the next few weeks. In order to speed up the work, there will not be an effort to provide temporary parking in this area. It also should be noted that anyone parking at Truitt's will need to walk over to the Emmaus drive entrance to get past the construction area. Nearly 100 new parking spots have now been paved for use and 6 will be marked with Handicap signs for this weekend.

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Due to construction, the Parish Office will be without power this Thursday (10/24) and Friday 10/25) and will be CLOSED.  If there is an emergency, please call Theresa Stammen at 937-738-7046.  There will still be 8:00 am Masses both days.

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