Dear Friends and Parishioners of Saint Malachi,
Through the power of the Holy Spirit the first disciples were strengthened to overcome their doubts, fears, and anxieties as the Risen Christ commissioned them to go forth and proclaim the Good News. Since that first Pentecost each generation of disciples has had its challenges. Our generation today is faced with the unprecedented crisis of a global pandemic that continues to loom large – with all of its power – causing similar feelings of doubt, fear, and anxiety for so many. We pray that this same Holy Spirit will continue to rest upon us as we face the realities of living out the Good News at this challenging time.
As we resume Sunday Mass on Pentecost (May 30th and May 31st) we’re asked to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit as we decide whether, or not, to personally attend Mass at this time. The gift of wisdom is especially important as we decide what is best for us and for one another. Rooted in charity, our decision to stay home or to return depends on many personal factors. One’s age, health status, level of exposure to others with COVID-19, and personal peace are just a few considerations for a wise and prudent decision.
The Bishops of Ohio continue to dispense all Catholics, especially those who are at-risk, from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass while still keeping the Lord’s Day sacred.
- To our elderly members and those with serious health issues, I encourage you to take advantage of the bishops’ dispensation until there comes a time when it is safer for you to return.
- To those who may be exposed to environments where COVID-19 is prevalent, including our immediate area of the 44113 zip code, I beg you to exercise prudence.
- To those who have tested positive or who have even shown symptoms of the virus, charity requires that you to stay home and isolate from others while seeking medical attention.
- To those who choose to join us please know that a number of protocols have been put into place for everyone’s safety.
Please carefully read the information we are mailing to every registered household. Accompanying the general letter is a brochure intended to assist those planning to attend Sunday Mass. Key to preparation is to check your temperature before leaving home and remembering your facial mask as it is expected for everyone to wear them while on parish grounds. Additional information in the brochure describes what to expect during the celebration of Sunday Mass.
- To those who are undecided, be assured of our efforts to ensure the safety of everyone. Following state and diocesan recommendations, every measure has been taken to make our environment safe while emphasizing a warm and joyful experience. I pray that you will find your footing as you discern what is best at this time.
Please be assured of our prayers as you decide what is best for you and your loved ones. We miss you but we also want everyone to be safe. May the Holy Spirit fill us with peaceful joy as we gradually begin to gather for the Eucharist.
Walking together with Christ,