March 16, 2020 Catholic Bishops of Ohio Suspend All publicly Celebrates Masses/Liturgies
After serious consideration of the grave health risk in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effectively immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective diocese and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.
March 12, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order regarding the avoidance of large mass gatherings to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio.
Even though religious gatherings are expressly excluded in the order, the Catholic bishops of Ohio, out of concern for the common good and the physical as well as spiritual well-being of all of the people of Ohio, have agreed to cooperate with the governor’s direction to create “social distance”.
4. After school on Monday, March 16, all Ohio schools K-12, including Catholic schools and PSR will cease gathering in person for the next three weeks.
5. All other gatherings of 100 people in accords with Gov. DeWine executive order are to be cancelled, This includes BINGO and Fish Fry’s.
6. Please pray for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind and for an easing of the tension caused by this situation.
- If you are sick, do not come to Mass. See item 1 above.
- Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze at Mass or anywhere.
- Use hand sanitizer if you cough or sneeze at Mass or anywhere.
- Acknowledge others at the Sign of Peace without shaking hands.
- All ministers of Holy Communion, priests and deacons and laypeople, MUST use hand sanitizer before distributing Holy Communion.
- The distribution of the Precious Blood during Holy Communion is suspended. The one exception is for people who must receive from the cup due to severe cases of celiac disease.
- If you wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, please be careful not to touch the minister’s fingers with your tongue or mouth.
- Intinction is not to be utilized as a means of distributing Holy Communion.
- Holy Water fonts are to be drained or regularly cleaned and disinfected. Parishes should make available small, personal bottles of Holy Water for parishioners who want them.