As we are all aware, the Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly around the globe. While its impact in the United States and especially Ohio has been limited, we want you to know that we are taking the concerns of potential spread in our community very seriously. As a result of our conversation with Diocesan officials, we are taking prudent measures to minimize the spread of any germs or viruses. Therefore, effective immediately, we are taking the following steps:
- If you have a cold, virus, or have any contagious illness, please consider the health needs of others and stay at home so that you do not spread any germs or viruses to your fellow parishioners, classmates, and so forth. If you are ill, you are not bound by the obligation to attend Mass, including on Sunday.
- Please make sure that you, and anyone that you are bringing with you to Mass, Confessions, School, gatherings and meetings, and so forth, thoroughly wash one’s hands with soap and warm water before arriving.
- After Mass, when we normally shake hands at the door, we will be greeting and conversing with you, but we will be refraining from shaking hands.
- The Parish Mission, originally scheduled for next week (March 16-18), will be canceled for next week and rescheduled at a later date.
- Distribution of the Precious Blood during Holy Communion will be suspended indefinitely. If you have Celiac’s Disease and can ONLY receive via the Precious Blood, please contact Joy Janczak in the Church Office at 614.875.9345. We will still have low-gluten hosts available for those who are able to receive them.
- If you plan to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, please be very deliberate about extending your tongue.
- We are asking everyone to suspend shaking hands at the Sign of Peace and during our Prayer Partner greetings. Instead, you may nod, bow slightly, or even just smile when saying “peace be with you.”
- The four small side Holy Water fonts will be emptied and remain empty until further notice. The Baptismal font and the stainless steel tank for distribution of Holy Water use at home will remain active.
- There will be hand sanitizer stations located in the Gathering Space; we ask that you use them more diligently when coming to Mass.
- Ministers of Holy Communion (both ordinary and extraordinary) are to thoroughly wash hands before Mass begins and then use hand sanitizer just prior to the start of communion. (This practice has already been in place and should continue more diligently.)
The Diocese continues to be in touch with state and local health authorities and will alter these directives as needed. Please let us continue to pray for all who are sick and affected by this virus. Thank you for your cooperation.
Father Michael Lumpe and Father Jim Colopy