Dispensation Extended

This week, the Diocese released this announcement regarding the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays:

“The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation has been extended indefinitely. This is in keeping with the rest of the Ohio Catholic Conference. Those who are feeling well and who are not in the high risk categories should be encouraged to come to Mass. Those who are in the high risk categories, or who are not feeling well are encouraged to remain home.”

We pray for those who must continue to stay home to protect themselves or their loved ones. We also would love to have all who are not in the high-risk groups to rejoin us at Mass!

The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation has been extended indefinitely.

Bishop Brennan, in a message to priests of the Diocese of Columbus

All Public Masses Suspended through Easter

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.

Please see the statement from the Catholic Conference of Ohio for full details.

Stations of the Cross and Liturgy of the Hours are now cancelled at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Parish Office will be closed until further notice.

We encourage everyone to pray with us the following prayer:

Prayer from Pope Francis to Mary During Coronavirus Pandemic

O Mary,
You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

In Christ,
Father Michael Lumpe and Father Jim Colopy

Bishop Brennan Addresses the Faithful

Bishop Brennan has just released a letter to all the Faithful. Please read his latest update below:

Dear Friends in Jesus and Our Blessed Lady,

As you well know much has changed around us in the week since I wrote. Governor DeWine has asked us to maintain a practice of ‘social distancing’ to contain the spread of disease. His request is wise and I deeply appreciate his respect for religious worship. I would put it this way – these trying times call for extreme charity. For the sake of the weakest and most vulnerable, we must all act in a way to contain the virus. At the same time, we need to offer our prayers and assistance as best as we can.

The bishops of Ohio met yesterday by telephone and together we are granting a dispensation to all Catholics in Ohio for the next three Sundays (3/15, 3/22, 3/29). To the best of our ability, parish pastors and administrators will do their best to maintain current Mass schedules, but this is predicated on the availability of our priests – particularly those whose health may become compromised – so it may become necessary to change Mass schedules in our parishes. Should this be the case for your parish, I ask for your understanding and flexibility recognizing that these are extraordinary times. Please check your parish schedule regularly to make sure that the Mass you want to attend is, in fact, being celebrated at the time you are accustomed. It is essential for us that the Mass be offered. That said, I urge all those who are ill, those who might carry the coronavirus or any contagious virus for that matter, and those whose health is compromised by age or other medical conditions, to please to stay home. In a spirit of charity, I also encourage you please to consider carefully your decision to attend Mass and that it might be prudent to stay at home during this time. I remind you that St. Gabriel Radio (AM 820 in Central Ohio, FM 88.3 in Southern Ohio and www.stgabrielradio.com on the web) broadcasts Mass from St. Joseph’s Cathedral (AM Radio) and St. Mary’s in Portsmouth (FM Radio) on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM. Sunday Masses are also viewable on both WWHO-TV Columbus and WHIZ-TV Zanesville in addition to other cable stations.

Most parish, school and diocesan meetings and activities have been cancelled. The hours will be modified for our Diocesan Pastoral Center in downtown Columbus. Please watch your parish website as well as the diocesan website, www.columbuscatholic.org for updates. If there is a doubt, you should presume cancellation. In all honesty I cannot predict future cancellations beyond Easter, including First Communions and Confirmations, but we need to be prepared for all possibilities.

We are not in retreat mode by any standard. In fact, your priests and I desire to serve you all the more fervently. Similarly, as Catholics we want to serve the poor and vulnerable even more. We need to imagine new ways to achieve this in order to protect the health and well-being of the very people we desire to serve. Clearly, the situation changes daily and we will try to remain in contact. The Diocesan website will contain a special page with resources for information and prayer. These will include possible resources for families to use on Sundays.

Above all, we must be instruments of hope in the Lord. In his message for the World Day of the Sick (2/11/2020) reminds of the tender gaze of Jesus who, himself became frail, endured human suffering and received comfort from his Father. Let’s be strong in our prayer for one another, especially for the sick, their caregivers, those in the medical professions and those entrusted with the charge of care for public health. Be sure of my prayers and deep concern for you.

Sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Brennan

Dispensation for Sunday Mass

In light of the latest statements from Governor DeWine and Bishop Brennan, the following are now in effect at Our Lady of Perpetual Help:

  • Mass, Confessions, Stations of the Cross, and 7 am Liturgy of the Hours will continue as scheduled.
  • All other events, activities, and meetings on campus, including Fish Frys, will be suspended for the next three weeks.
  • Our practice of having prayer partners during Mass will be suspended for the next three weeks to promote social distancing protocols.

Please also note that the Ohio Conference of Bishops has given a dispensation for the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.

“…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.”

You can read the Bishops’ full statement here.

We hope to still provide some online interaction and learning opportunities during this difficult time. Please stay tuned for details. In the meantime, we would like to recommend the following activities:

  • Please take some time to pray for this difficult situation, and especially for all of those who are suffering from illness and disease.
  • Visit formed.org for great faith learning opportunities. We recommend the Forgiven series (https://watch.formed.org/forgiven), which is great for Lent.
  • Watch our Facebook page for updates. We will release information about our online plans for the next few weeks as soon as we can!

God bless all of you,
Father Michael Lumpe and Father Jim Colopy