Father Jim has an important message for our parish community today! Check it out below:
If you prefer, you can read the transcript below:
Hello Parish Family! He is risen!
I wanted to reach out to all of you and let you know how proud I am of our parish family. Easter was definitely different this year, but I know from the photos and social media posts that you all entered into the season as best as you possibly could. It was great to see our whole diocese come together to celebrate the Triduum.
Remember that it is still Easter! The beauty of the Catholic Church is such that we have a whole season to celebrate the most joyous event that ever happened. I encourage you to continue to celebrate in your homes. Use the fancy dishes. Eat dessert. Keep your decorations up. Make your home prayer spaces festive. The season of Easter lasts until Pentecost, which is on May 31 this year. We all need some fun and joy in our lives right now, so I encourage you to really embrace this celebratory season of Christ’s triumph over death.
We seem to be in a holding pattern now. Different models are projecting different peak times for this virus, so we don’t yet have any return date in mind for when the churches might open back up. I encourage you all to keep building your domestic churches. Our staff will be continuing to post resources and links for you to help grow your faith at home.
Another initiative that our staff has been working on involves reaching out to every member of the Parish to check in and see if we can help in any way. Many of you should have already been contacted. If you have not been contacted yet, or if you encounter needs at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact Marti Hurd at the info provided in this post.
We will continue to follow the directions of our bishop and our government. Remember, we are in this together. Please let us know if you need anything, pray for one another, and continue celebrating Easter!
Happy Easter, Parish Family! Please join us for Mass this morning. You can view Mass from Our Lady at this link, which will go live at 8 am this morning. (Please note that the video will not work until then.) Our music minister, Scott Ewing, has once again provided a worship aid to help you participate more fully from your homes.
We are sorely missing being with you all on this glorious morning, but even in the midst of COVID-19, Jesus is still risen! We pray that you have a blessed day with your families, and know that we cannot wait to worship you in person once again!
In yesterday’s Diocesan virtual retreat, the Gift of Holy Week, Father Michael Kelly encouraged us all to create a prayer space in our homes. This is exactly what Mrs. Dilley, our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd coordinator encouraged us to do at the beginning of this pandemic. In case you missed her video, here it is again!
We have absolutely loved seeing all of the photos you all have been sending in of your home prayer spaces! If you haven’t made a home prayer space yet, Holy Week is the perfect time. Father Kelly recommends including:
A crucifix, or your bible, or an icon or photo of Jesus
Candles—Father Kelly says to use what you have! Yankee candles, birthday candles, Christmas candles are all fine. Use what you can find in your homes and be creative.
Cloth of liturgical colors (purple, red, or white). Do you have a bandana, scarf, or even an old t-shirt that you could turn inside out?
Check out some of our creative parishioner’s home prayer spaces below, and send us your own photos!
Please consider tuning into the Diocesan retreat today and tomorrow as well. The broadcast information is as follows:
Leader: Father Michael Kelly, Director of Spiritual Formation, Pontifical College Josephinum
Broadcasts each day at 4 pm and 7 pm on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
We know Holy Week is going to be a lot different this year. We feel it too. It’s hard when you can’t participate in your usual traditions and family celebrations. But know that we’re all in this together, and we are here to support you in any way we can! Please watch Father Jim’s video message regarding this week’s celebrations:
Below is the video for this weekend’s Palm Sunday Mass. Note that the link will not work until 5 pm, but then it will be available all weekend long to watch at your usual Mass times. Our fantastic Music Minister, Scott, has once again provided a great worship aid to help you more fully participate in the Mass from your homes.
This weekend’s bulletin is now available on our website.
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.
We have happy news for you! We were able to record a Mass at Our Lady this weekend! The link will go live at 5 pm so you can join us all weekend at your regular Mass times. Join us below or on our YouTube page.
In the midst of this changing and uncertain environment, we are thrilled to be able to bring you Mass from the familiar comfort of Our Lady.