A Message from Father Jim

Dear Parish Family,

I REALLY miss everybody. Offering mass without our congregation felt the same as not having my dad around. I felt the emptiness of missing you. Please take good care of yourselves. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, wash your hands, be patient, pray lots of prayers of gratitude, love more, bicker less and know that God has this in his hands. As a friend said to me once years ago, “This is a set-up for God to show up.” Please know you all are in my prayers and I can’t wait to be with you again. What a glorious day that will be. And may Almighty God bless us all: +The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. AMEN!!

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Jim Colopy

Activity: Set up a Prayer Space in your Home

Join Mrs. Dilley, our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator, as she shows us how to make a prayer table! We may not be able to go to Church right now, but we can all carve out a little sacred space in each of our homes.

Watch the video, then send us photos or videos of YOUR prayer space!

All Campus Buildings Closed

Our Lady Family,

Bishop Brennan sent the following message out earlier today:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I reach out to you once again as part of our best effort to keep you informed regarding changes in our practices as the severity of the Coronavirus pandemic increases in our community.

After further discussions with our pastors, it has become apparent that the most recent restrictions and necessary precautions mandated by the State of Ohio, regarding public spaces makes it impossible for our churches to meet those standards for the safety of others. As much as I am pained by doing so, and as much as we have all tried, we simply cannot allow access to our churches or other parish buildings.

Again, as I’ve mentioned, I ask all the faithful in the Diocese to please make every effort to stay home, especially those among us with any elevated risk of infection. Please continue to practice “social distancing” for the safety of all, and continue to pray for those impacted and those who work and place themselves at risk to help us.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus

For the sake of everyone’s health and well-being, and to do our part to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, all church campus buildings are to be closed immediately. For the next few weeks everyone really needs to stay home as much as possible. The effort only works if we as a society are “all in.”

Stay safe, stay home as much as possible, and may God bless you all.

Bishop Brennan Urges Everyone to Stay Home

We have received another message from Bishop Brennan to the members of our diocese. Please read his important letter below:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I write to you again to speak about the many challenges we all face in light of the growing Coronavirus pandemic, which is so significantly impacting every facet of our daily lives. As you already know, the bishops of Ohio earlier this week decided to suspend the public celebration of Mass in every diocese of the state, and dispensed to the faithful from their obligation to attend Mass at least through Easter Sunday.

I cannot begin to tell you how difficult and painful this decision was, especially during the Lenten season. But, after consultation with our Governor and several health and medical officials, and faced with the stark realities regarding the spread of this virus, it became apparent that this dramatic step was critical to making sure we are doing all we can to help curtail the spread of this virus and keep our communities healthy. This extreme measure is a stark reminder of the necessity for all of us to heed the warnings of health and government officials to stay at home.

As Masses have been halted until after Easter, all other activities and events in our parishes must also be canceled or postponed to restrict contact and exposure. Many have asked about keeping our churches open for prayer, Adoration, and Reconciliation. The real answer is that you should remain home. Please understand that we as priests want to be faithful to our responsibility for the care of souls but in doing so, not to place people in danger. For the moment that means finding other ways to keep our parishioners connected and spiritually fed through the Word of God, and responding to pastoral emergencies. I implore your understanding and our shared cooperation. Trust me, I look forward to being together to celebrate the sacred mysteries of our faith. It is only under the strictest guidelines for hygiene and safety that Churches may be open for prayer and confession. Priests will try to be available or get the necessary assistance for urgent situations.

I want to leave you with this suggestion: if possible, in consideration of not only your health but the health of all those you might come in contact with, please make every effort to stay home and find other means to stay close to the Lord. This is especially true for those of us with the highest risk for complications from infection. Utilize Catholic media, TV, and St. Gabriel Radio to continue to experience the Mass. Take this opportunity to expand your prayer life. You can find links to much of this information on our website, columbuscatholic.org. As we move forward, we will continue adding resources to assist you.

Even in these challenging times, as we all continue our faith journey during Lent, all of us can engage in spiritual communion. A spiritual communion acknowledges that deep sense of loss at not being able to share the sacrament but an act of faith in Jesus’ faithful presence among us as we long for the day when we might share anew in the Lord’s most gracious gift.

Let us be united with ever fervent prayer even as we experience physical “social distancing”. Let us beg God’s help and mercy in this trying time. Indeed let us practice “extreme charity” making these sacrifices for the good of those around us and being aware of the each other’s needs. We pray for all those who are afflicted by this virus or any illness, for all of us who have been impacted, and for those who labor to curb and defeat its effects and keep us safe. We offer all of our sufferings and anxiety to Our Lord Jesus, and united in faith, we pray to be refreshed by his boundless love.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus

In light of this message from our bishop, members of the Our Lady staff are beginning to call parishioners, starting with those age 70 and up, to check in and do a needs assessment. Please let us know if any of you have specific needs that we can address, and don’t hesitate to contact us if there is something you need and we haven’t gotten to you yet. We are still answering the phones at 614.875.3322, and will continue to do so throughout this crisis (we can forward the line so that we can work remotely and still answer phones). God bless you all!