On the weekend of June 5-6, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we have the chance to begin the process of returning to “normal” as we hopefully enter into the post-pandemic time. The Bishops of Ohio are encouraging people to return to in-person Sunday Mass unless they are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is immune-compromised or ill, or have significant fear or anxiety of contracting the coronavirus in a large group. These folks are encouraged to participate in Mass via livestreaming. The rest of us are encouraged to return to full and active participation in the Eucharist and the life of the Church.
The following guidelines take effect on June 2. Facemasks are no longer required, but are strongly suggested for those who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine or are otherwise vulnerable. We should not inquire of anyone as to whether or not they have been vaccinated. Social distancing is no longer required and the use of all pews and seating areas is permitted. We will continue to keep chairs in the gathering space and outside for those who wish to keep social distance. We plan to celebrate the 10:30 Mass each Sunday in the parking lot when weather permits. We will continue to livestream the Saturday 4:00 Mass.
The use of Holy Water is permitted and liturgical processions may take place at the beginning and the end of Mass and at the offertory. The offertory collection is also permitted.
The sign of peace among the faithful is permitted. It should be exchanged without physical contact between persons who are not of the same family or household.
LIturgical ministers (altar servers, lectors, ushers, musicians, cantors, choirs, extraordinary ministers of communion) are permitted. The distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended until further notice.
Hymnals and other books may be returned to the pews, and a general cleaning of the church and other public places replaces sanitizing. Hand sanitizers will remain in the gathering space of the church for your use.
I look forward to celebrating with you on the weekend of June 5-6, and let us continue to pray for a complete end to the pandemic, for all those who have died from the pandemic and for those who have lost loved ones, employment or have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.
Father Morris will be leaving for a new assignment on that weekend and his farewell Mass will be at 10:30 on June 6, in the parking lot if weather permits. Father Alex Clark will be the new parochial vicar assigned to our parish. He will be arriving soon.
Raffle tickets for the Summer Festival should arrive at your home soon. Please do the best you can to sell or buy your share of the tickets. We will have a modified Summer Festival on July 10 and 11. The parish newsletter, Tidings, should arrive in the mail in early July with a schedule of festival activities. Call Maureen Kraizel, our director of volunteers, if you wish to help with the festival.
God bless you and have a great week!
Father Tom Johns
As Catholics across the Diocese of Cleveland anticipate the end of the dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation – effective the weekend of June 5-6 – they also can expect of most pandemic-imposed safety guidelines to be eliminated.
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