UPDATE! On April 2, 2020. the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ohio issued a letter suspending all publicly celebrated Masses/Liturgies at least through and including Sunday, May 3rd. The suspension continues. We must, however, continue praying!
Ohio and Indiana have both issued Stay-home / Shelter in Place directives. During this time the parish office will remain closed (Fr. Jeff will be in between 9am-3pm), the church building will be open for private prayer from 9am-3pm -- practice social distancing when in church.
Holy Week at Home
April Showers bring May flowers, but this year April also brings a most unusual Holy Week. With church closed for the pandemic what can we do to keep Holy Week holy?
1) Spend time in prayer and scripture reading! The daily Mass readings are available online through the American Catholic Conference of Bishops. See: usccb.org for the calendar of readings and celebrations.
2) Set aside time. Pray with and for our community not just while working or when there is a break. Say "this is my hour for Mass and prayer," turn off the phone, disconnect from distractions, make the effort to give a gift of time to God.
3) If you are able, watch the Masses and services of Sundays and Holy Week. On cable see EWTN for daily Mass. Stream the Mass from St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati: www.stpeterinchainscathedral.org OR catholiccincinnati.org. Daily mass streams live at 8:00am weekdays,Sundays 9:30am in Spanish and 11am in English. Archbishop Pilarczyk's funeral will also be live streamed: (11:00am Friday, March 27).
For your Holy Week at Home:
Holy Week from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains For your planning purposes, the following is the Holy Week schedule at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. These will all be livestreamed:
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 Chrism Mass (Archbishop Schnurr, celebrant) Thursday, April 9, 5:00 Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Archbishop Schnurr) Friday, April 10, 5:00 Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion (Bishop Binzer) Saturday, April 11, 5:00 Easter Vigil (Archbishop Schnurr) Sunday, April 12, 11:00 Easter Sunday (Bishop Binzer)
Your Catholic radio station probrbly will offer the audio for Masses and liturgies.