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Norms for the Resumption of Public Masses

These norms. promulgated by the Most Reverend Jeffrey M. Monforton, Bishop of Steubenville, have been prepared in consultation with clergy and laity, after review of norms and practices in other dioceses and organizations, especially the Guidelines on Sacraments and Pastoral Care prepared by the Thomistic Institute.

  • The dispensation from the obligation to participate in Mass remains in effect.
  • Those faithful who are in at-risk groups, those who care for people in at-risk groups, and those who have any symptoms of sickness at all are most strongly encouraged not to go to Mass.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet is to be maintained (including in the nave, the processional /recessional, sanctuary, sacristy. entrances to restrooms, etc.).
    • Families/households do not have to do this social distancing amongst themselves because they already live together. However, there is to be social distancing between such a household unit and other families/households/individuals.
  • If possible, keep doors open to eliminate unnecessary touching and allow for better air circulation.
  • Facilities that are in use, especially highly-touched items (e.g., pews, door knobs, rails. etc.) are to be cleaned with disinfectant/cleaning solution following each liturgy.
  • If possible, have hand sanitizer available at the entrances. Due to shortages of products, this may not be possible. If the parish cannot provide the sanitizer, encourage people to bring their own with them to use.
  • The faithful are strongly encouraged to wear face masks, which can be temporarily removed for the reception of Holy Communion. Priests and deacons should not wear masks during the celebration of the liturgy.
  • There are to be no special gatherings following Mass (e.g., donuts). People should not congregate in the narthex or outside church; social distance is to be maintained at all times.
  • Holy water fonts are to remain empty. There may be dispensers of holy water available so that the faithful may of their own accord fill bottles to take holy water home with them.
  • Hymnals, missalettes, and other materials should be removed from the pews and stored.

Blessed Sacrament

You too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Jesus Christ.

(pertaining to today’s second reading: ROMANS 6:3-4, 8-11)

To make room for Christ, we have to clear out all the closets sin presently keeps within us. It only makes sense. We can’t invite Christ to cohabitate with a ready capacity for rude or obnoxious behavior. We can’t live in Christ and bring along prejudice, callousness to human suffering, or a judgmental spirit. We can’t ask Christ to enter our lives if there’s no place for him to sit, or it’s too loud to hear him when he speaks. If we refuse to forgive those who trespass against us, the Lord who makes forgiveness the purpose of his life and the meaning of his death will find no welcome in us.

We know these things, yet we still try. Surely we can hold back a small trunk of nastiness, and allow Christ free access to the rest of our house? Oh, but sooner or later we’ll want to open that trunk, and the ugly contents will spill out. Besides, Christ doesn’t come empty-handed to stay with us. He arrives bearing gifts of love, peace, compassion, and hope. If we’ve got bitter things in drawers all around, where’s the space to receive what he brings?   

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Saturday: 8:00am & 4:30pm
Weekdays: 8:00am

Our Lady of Lourdes
Sunday: 9:30am

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