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EASTER SUNDAY

Sunday Mass live streamed and recording available on Website

 

Unfortunately, at the time of the printing of this bulletin the “stay at home” order for today (Easter Sunday) remains in effect.   More timely details about Masses live streamed as well as recorded from both parishes, will be available from my “two to three times a week” email blasts to all parishioners who have email capability and are registered in our parishioner email databases.   I have no official word as yet as to when restrictions on celebrating public Mass will be lifted.

 

Confessions

 

For the time being, I will continue to have individual confessions at the published times at Sacred Heart.  Saturday afternoon confessions at St. Ann will be only 15 minutes, from 3:30 p.m. until only 3:45 p.m.  If and when public Masses resume, I will hear confessions before Sunday Masses on the Sundays I have Masses at St. Ann.

 

RCIA Candidates and Catechumens

 

The Archdiocese has decided that baptisms, confirmations, and first communions for the RCIA will take place on Pentecost Eve.  More to come.

 

First Communion at St. Ann

 

First Communion at St. Ann would have been on Sunday, April 26.  At the time of the writing of this bulletin, it appears we will still be under the “stay at home order” and prohibited from having public Masses.  Assuming this is the case, the Group First Communion at St. Ann will be postponed, although we will allow individuals in the class to make First Communion with their families at a regular Sunday Mass as soon as we are permitted to celebrate Sunday Masses.  There will be more instruction on this as soon as we are informed as to when we are permitted to reinstate public Masses. 

 

Healthy Practices regarding the Coronavirus  

 

At the time of the printing of this Bulletin, the directive of the Catholic Bishops of Ohio still stands.  I will keep you informed as soon as I receive official word.   

 

“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 until further notice.” 

 

Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday

 

The parishioners of our pastoral region will not be permitted to gather for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction as we always have done on Sunday afternoon, but I will record the Chaplet with Benediction and make the video available on the websites of our parishes.

 

Reflection on Scripture for Easter Sunday  

 

Alleluia!  The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is real.  He is alive and lives forever.  Never again should we “dread” the future!  Jesus is risen!  We belong to him in Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  We share in his destiny.  As humans we may fear dying, but we no longer fear death.  Living may be tedious, but eternal life is ours in Christ.  Our destiny is to live with him in eternal bliss in paradise.  The promise he made on the cross to the good thief is our and may be paraphrased, “One day all the faithful will be with me in Paradise.”  Give your life to Christ and in that martyrdom of spirit, your soul will know peace in the midst of a world that is lost.  Chaos knows no cure except in Jesus Christ.

 

Next WeekDivine Mercy Sunday   

 

Acts 2:42-47

1 Pt 1:3-9

Jn 20:19-31

 

Theme: God’s justice is mercy proven in Jesus Christ!

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