If you are unable to join us in person for Mass this weekend, please join us online! We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on July 12. You can join the live stream at this link. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.
The Worship Aid with songs and readings is available in the bulletin or at this link. The bulletin for this weekend can be found on our website.
Please remember that masks are now mandatory at Mass, per the new Ohio Department of Public Health order. However, some medical conditions and children under the age of 10 are exempt, so please be charitable when you come to Mass. Full details of the order can be found here.
A new Ohio Department of Health order mandates face coverings in public in Franklin County beginning today, Wednesday, July 8, at 6 pm. Because Our Lady of Perpetual Help is in Franklin County, we are subject to this order.
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, July 9, everyone who comes to Our Lady of Perpetual Help church or school for any reason—including Mass—will be required to wear a mask or face covering as stated in the order. Full details can be found here.
Bishop Brennan has given all residents in the Diocese of Columbus a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass through September 13, 2020. We live stream the 8:30 am Mass every Sunday on our YouTube channel, and we would love for everyone to join us however they feel most comfortable.
We pray for an end to this virus, and for health and safety for our community.
During the outdoor Mass last week, Father Dan shared that God has interrupted our lives in unexpected ways. For most of us, the canceling of public Mass was an unwelcome jolt. We attend Mass to pray for one another as well as for loved ones that have gone before us. One way to pray for a loved one is to have a Mass offered in memory of them.
Due to the pandemic shutdown earlier this year, dozens of Mass intentions were put on hold. Like you, the church office anxiously waited for Mass to resume. When the time came to open up, the diocese advised us to resume Masses but with a new, reduced Mass schedule. Our new schedule requires a longer break between Masses to allow for sanitizing the church. The new schedule also removes a Mass each weekend.
This created two challenges for the church office. We had to reschedule each Mass intention that was canceled during the shutdown. We also needed to reschedule upcoming Mass intentions impacted by the postponement of the 9:30 Mass. We were able to reschedule each preexisting intention to a remaining, available Mass during 2020.
Numerous weekend Mass intentions could not be rescheduled on an upcoming weekend. Canon Law mandates that we provide a Mass intention within one year of the request. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an active parish with Mass intentions typically booked out several months in advance. This makes rescheduling dozens of Masses a complicated task. We have done our best to reschedule each Mass intention while honoring Canon Law that guides us. We know that some of you will not be able to attend a Mass offered for a loved one because of a new date and time. We sympathize with you and we apologize for the inconvenience.
There are many uncertainties as we move forward. Will there be another shutdown in the fall as the next flu season commences? When will a new pastor be assigned to our parish? Will a new pastor change our Mass schedule? If so, how many Masses will be offered at Our Lady and what will those Mass times be?
Because of so many uncertainties regarding our Mass schedule, the church office is not accepting new requests for Mass intentions at this time. Our parish already has a Mass intention associated with each of the remaining Masses during 2020. Thank you for your dedication and support of our parish. Please continue to keep our parish in your prayers. The church office appreciates your patience as we navigate this ongoing interruption together.
Reminder! Mass is back to our usual pandemic times this weekend: 5 pm on Saturday, and 8:30 am, 11:30 am, and 5 pm on Sunday.
If you are unable to join us in person, please join us online! We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on July 5. You can join the live stream via this link. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.
Beginning this weekend, we will be including the worship aid in the bulletin. This will allow us to reduce the amount of paper waste we create from printing additional song sheets for those that come to Mass in person. For those who join us online, you can also view the worship aid separately here. We hope you all have a safe and blessed Fourth of July weekend! May God bless our country and help it to heal.
Please join us for Mass! This weekend, we will be streaming our “Mass in the Grass” at 10 am on Sunday, June 28. As usual, it will be available via our YouTube channel. Please note that this means we will not have a Mass available online until 10 am on Sunday morning. To access the Mass livestream, please go to https://bit.ly/OLPH62820
The worship aid for this weekend can be found in the bulletin, or at https://bit.ly/OLPHwa62820.
Mass Protocols Announcement
In an effort to take a small step toward restoring normalcy in our liturgy, we will be moving the distribution of communion back to its usual place in the Mass, after the consecration. However, everyone will continue to receive through the center aisle with the ushers releasing sections. This change is effective immediately.
Because of this, you will no longer have to exit through the side doors after Mass. You may exit through the Gathering Space, but please try to keep space from one another as you exit your pews and walk out of church. We do ask everyone to clear the nave at the end of Mass to allow for thorough disinfection/sanitation of the space, and to refrain from congregating in the Gathering Space so that social distancing may still be observed.
All other coronavirus precautions will remain in place. We will not have the sign of peace or prayer partners. We ask that everyone continue to wear masks, and we strongly encourage everyone to receive communion on the hand. The taped crosses will remain on the floor and we ask that you continue to use these to distance yourselves when waiting to receive communion. You can see the entire explanation of all of our coronavirus precautions here. If a guideline is not changed in this notice, it remains the same as stated in the link.
We will continue to monitor infection rates, and follow the guidelines of our diocese and government. If needed we will return to distributing Communion at the end of Mass, after the closing prayer. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
This Sunday is our celebration for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help! Our plan is to have our usual Mass in the Grass this Sunday, June 28 at 10 am in the field behind the school. Please bring your own lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on, as well as your own umbrellas or tents for shade. Although Mass is outside, we still encourage everyone who is capable of doing so to wear a mask. Due to coronavirus precautions, we will not have our usual picnic after Mass this year. Our celebration will simply consist of the outdoor Mass.
Note that all other Sunday Masses will be canceled that day, so the only Mass opportunities for the weekend of June 27 & 28 are Saturday at 5 pm in the Nave and Sunday at 10 am outdoors.
We will have plenty of parking available. Please note the following:
- Golf carts will not be available for shuttling people from the parking lots this year.
- Knights of Columbus parking attendants will be available to assist with parking vehicles.
- General Parking is provided in the lots around the church and the lot IN FRONT of the school.
- Handicap parking is in the lot BEHIND the school.
- Overflow General Parking is on the RIGHT side of the gravel road which leads into the back grass lots.
- People may walk through the school to attend Mass.
- After Mass, parishioners may exit at EITHER SIDE of the school.
Streaming Mass this weekend
Great news! We will be live streaming the outdoor Mass this weekend! As usual, it will be available via our YouTube channel. Please note that this means we will not have a Mass available online until 10 am on Sunday morning. To access the Mass livestream, please follow this link. The worship aid for this weekend can be found in the bulletin, or at this link.
As of right now, rain is in the forecast for Sunday. We will make the call early Sunday morning whether to keep Mass outdoors or move everything inside. Everyone will be notified via email, social media, and on our website if we make the call to move the Mass back indoors. If you don’t hear anything, assume that Mass is still outside. We will have plenty of overflow seating set up in the Life Center so that social distancing regulations will still be followed.
We look forward to celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help with you!