Hopeful Resumption of Public Masses on Pentecost
This morning the Catholic Bishops of Ohio and our diocesan administrator extended the suspension of Masses through May 29, "with the hope of publicly celebrating together the Solemnity of Pentecost on the weekend of May 30/31". You can read their full memo here.
I expect (only guessing) that things like remaining six feet apart and wearing facial masks will be part of the plan once liturgies resume, and the memo hints that the dioceses should now be forming their own particular plans to keep everyone safe. As has been the repeated mentality through this time, all we can do is move forward, see what the situation is in a few weeks, and make plans appropriate for the situation at that time.
Hopefully the Diocese of Cleveland will have a detailed plan sooner rather than later for how things will actually work. In the meantime, I would like to share with you some things the parish is offering during the interim:
For the month of May which is specially dedicated to devotion to Mary, we will stream a rosary on Thursdays at 3:00pm during the month of May, through our Facebook Page. You should not need a Facebook account. We usually start the live stream a few minutes beforehand, just click on videos and one should be marked as "live". So please join us starting on Thursday May 7.
Of course we will continue to stream Mass on Sundays at 11:00am. It has been quite welcoming to see many people greet each other in the accompanying chat and have that small interaction.
On Sunday May 10, the streamed Mass will concluded with a period of Eucharistic adoration. I know it's not the same as being in the physical presence of the Blessed Sacrament, but there is still a value to taking time in peaceful reflection.
We are hoping that the various small groups of the parish can meet with each other by video conferencing, and either myself or Dc. Dave or Briana can help the leaders of any group set that up if they aren't confident.
I pray that you and your families all continue to be well during this time.