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Dear Friends,
         
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to dwell in your hearts and your homes. Holy Week is the most solemn of weeks for all Christians. This year is no exception. It is painful for all of us not to be able to gather at our spiritual home. This is a sacrifice that we are all making. Sacrifice and suffering are central to this entire week. This week I invite you to join me in offering this sacrifice and our own fasting. Almsgiving and prayer to the Lord.
 
Bishop Brennan has asked us to direct all the faithful to Pope Francis Holy Week Services or to the services that he will celebrate at St. Joseph Cathedral. Schedules and websites are included with this letter. I hope to have a video of Easter Sunday Mass to share with you.
 
Social media has become a most important means of communication these days.  None the less, my hope is to back away from technology on Good Friday. The only way I know to embrace the solemnity of that day is through a greater silence and quiet prayer. I invite you to join me in that hope of silence and prayer on Good Friday or at least some part of that day.
 
When the day arrives for us to gather once again around the altar of the Lord there will be a new joy in each of our hearts. Until then, please know of my sincere love for you and daily prayers for God’s blessing to you and your loved ones. I miss you dearly.
 
Sincerely yours in Christ, 
Fr. Kevin J. Kavanagh
 
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Holy Week Masses and Events from St. Joseph Cathedral
 
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - 10:30 a.m.
 
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week
  • Daily Mass - 12:05 p.m.
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
  • Diocesan-wide Lenten Retreat from St. Joseph Cathedral
  • Leader: Father Michael Kelly, Director of Spiritual Formation, Pontifical College Josephinum
  • Monday, April 6 – Our Response to This Particular Holy Week 
  • Tuesday, April 7 The Evil that Challenged the Last Supper
  • Wednesday, April 8 The Blessed Virgin Mary Guiding Us Through Holy Week
  • Broadcasts each day at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
 
Thursday of Holy Week
  •   The Chrism Mass - 9:00 a.m.
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
 
THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM
  • Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6:30 p.m.
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
  • Good Friday - The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord – 12 Noon
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
  • Good Friday - Stations of the Cross – 7:00 p.m.
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Holy Saturday - The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – 8:00 p.m.
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 10:30 a.m.
  • Broadcast Live on NBC4 TV, Columbus
  • Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
  • Live-stream at www.columbuscatholic.org, Diocesan Facebook page, and Diocesan YouTube Channel 
  • Broadcast in SPANISH:
  • La Mega 103.1 FM, Columbus – 10:00 a.m.
  • Audio archive available on St. Gabriel Website (https://stgabrielradio.com/programs/audio-archive-2/spanish-mass/)
  • Video available on Diocesan YouTube Channel
 
POPE ROSARYDear Parishioners,
 
All are invited to participate in a special prayer with Pope Francis tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, live from St. Peter's Square. This prayer will be streamed from Vatican Newsat 1:00pm Eastern Time (6:00pm Rome time).
 
During this prayer, Pope Francis will grant to all participants a Plenary Indulgence prior to giving his Urbi et Orbi blessing. This blessing will also be airing on Friday, March 27th, at 3:00pm Eastern time on EWTN, with encore presentations at 8:00pm Friday and at 5:00am Saturday, March 28th.
 
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Please continue to pray for your brothers and sisters throughout the world.

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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: ALL MASSES CANCELLED THROUGH EASTER SUNDAY

Please note the Parish Office will also be closed until further notice. Office staff will have limited access to email and voicemail so please leave messages when appropriate.

Please continue reading for the official letter from the Bishops of Ohio:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.

This decision is not taken lightly and, as your bishops, causes us great sadness. However, after consultation with the governor and health officials we are convinced that this is the most prudent and necessary action.

Science has proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of contagion. This poses a serious danger to those especially most vulnerable.

As Catholics, in every Sunday Mass we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. In this moment, we are experiencing in a unique way the passion of our Lord as this pandemic prevents us from gathering for the Sunday Eucharist. In this very difficult time, we encourage the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer. Sunday remains a holy day, and we encourage the faithful to pray using the rich resources of our faith, including praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, stations of the cross, etc. We also urge you to participate in prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised or live-streamed Mass and make a spiritual communion.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, for all health care workers, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this situation. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our healing and our hope.

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 M. 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

Did not receive the March 22nd Bulletin

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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