In an ongoing effort to use our limited resources most wisely, and especially to conserve the health and longevity of our priests, Monsignor Cody has decided to suspend indefinitely the 5 pm Sunday Mass. This decision was made in conjunction with the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Clergy, Leadership Team and Parish Council. This suspension will begin Sunday, September 13, 2020.
We are so grateful for those of you who have supported this Mass. We invite you to join us for the final 5 pm Sunday Mass on September 6. We pray for an end to the coronavirus and all its effects, and we pray for an increase in vocations.
We have two letters to share with you today from Bishop Brennan. The first is from all of the Ohio Bishops, extending the suspension of public Masses through May 29. (Click on the image to expand)
We are all longing for the day when we can gather together once again and physically receive the Lord through the sacraments. During this time we join together with each other in solidarity, offering our heart’s desire for all of the sacraments as an offering of love and obedience.
The second letter is from Bishop Brennan to the faithful of the Diocese of Columbus, and it brings great news! Beginning May 1, Confessions will be resuming in the Diocese.
We are still working out the details and logistics for confessions at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, but we are excited about this first step in returning to the sacraments. Note that there will be many guidelines and restrictions around who will be eligible for confession and how we will go about it.
Read Bishop Brennan’s full letter below:
Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Brennan
The Lord is Risen – Happy Easter!
The Ohio Bishops met yesterday. After consultation and a close examination of the facts determined that while it is not yet possible to begin the public celebration of Mass, we are looking at a target date of May 30/31 – Pentecost Sunday hopefully to resume our celebrations. Each of us continues to dispense all Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and I also dispense from the canonical obligation of Easter Duty. During his press conference yesterday, Governor DeWine indicated that through increased and widespread testing and other means, much knowledge will emerge to allow for safer conditions for the assemblies of people. In the meantime we will begin the gradual process in various ways.
This week many of our priests will begin setting aside dedicated time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a wide basis by appointment and in places deemed to provide for safety and hygiene. These locations will include spaces free of the need to touch surfaces such as doors or furniture, providing appropriate social distancing and privacy and limiting the number of people gathered at any one time to a bare minimum. The locations and contact numbers for appointments will be posted on our Diocesan Website (www.columbuscatholic.org) beginning Wednesday, April 29 so that appointments for confessions may be scheduled, and hearing confessions can begin Friday, May 1. We will be working to make it possible in at least some of our churches for people to visit and pray during certain hours in the coming weeks. Again, care for the continued health and safety of those who visit is paramount.
The process of preparing for Mass will encompass many considerations. We will work to be ensure that the Churches are clean and safe. We are working to have plans in place to manage seating and movement, allowing for safe social distancing; this may perhaps limit the number of people in the Church or any other spaces at any given time. We will follow the guidelines for assemblies regarding face-coverings and other protective measures. It may be necessary to adjust schedules to allow for priests to help each other beyond parish boundaries. In recent weeks there has been a task force looking at the many opportunities for evangelization here in the diocese. Their work will turn to provide recommendations on how we as a diocese and as parishes use this time for pastoral and interior preparation.
Looking ahead with hope and anticipation I ask your prayers. Looking back, I can only do so with deep gratitude for your continued goodness, your sacrifices, your patience and understanding. I am convinced that the measures we have taken together with the rest of our community have made a significant difference. Let’s pray for those who have suffered deeply, especially those who have died and those who mourn. And let’s never forget the sacrifices and hard work that so many people heroically make for us and our well-being.
In the peace of our Risen Lord, +Bishop Brennan
Note that you can also find both of these letters, as well as other information, on the Diocese’s COVID-19 page.
Father Jim’s Video Message
Father Jim has a video message for us today, regarding all of these new announcements from the Diocese:
Confession Details: What we know so far
Confession will be available by appointment only. We will let you know when we will start to accept calls to schedule appointments.
Bishop Brennan does want to remind the faithful that what the Vatican had clarified remains in effect: if you are not able to go to confession, you can still receive the forgiveness of your sins by repenting, making an act of Love for God above all things, and making a resolve to go to confession once you are able to again.
Bishop Brennan also wants this clear: certain people will fall into a category of being unable to confess at this time, even when we begin accepting appointments. Those still unable to confess at this time includes:
Anyone who is in the at-risk category due to previous health conditions or being older in age
Anyone who has a cough or a fever
Anyone who is worried about possibly being a carrier
If you fall into any of those categories above, or if you are afraid to come to confession for fear of contracting COVID-19, you are still able to receive forgiveness of your sins by following the above guidelines from the Vatican. We will release more details including the number to call to schedule confession as soon as we can! In the meantime, God bless you.
Due to the extension of the Stay at Home order, the bishops of Ohio have also extended the suspension of public Masses through and including Sunday, May 3. You can read the letter from the Catholic Conference of Ohio here:
We will continue to provide online opportunities for prayer, worship, and connection. We encourage all to join us in this prayer from Pope Francis:
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 the Roman 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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
God bless, Father Michael Lumpe and Father Jim Colopy