St. Patrick Catholic Church is located at 313 North DePeyster Street in Kent, OH 44240

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A Letter from Our Pastor – March 29, 2020

Dear St. Patrick Parishioners,

The closing of parishes and the cancelation of liturgies within our Youngstown Diocese and throughout the US is a dramatic move, one that is especially heartbreaking since it disrupts our Lenten journey toward Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. During times of crisis, we lean more heavily on our Catholic Faith and Church; to have that taken away when we need it most is a bitter irony.

But Christians are nothing if not persevering. With 2,000 years of history behind us, we can recall many times and places where the followers of Jesus have endured persecution and trouble. In today’s crisis, people of faith are already showing great resilience. Together, we will get through this, encouraging one another in the faith, helping the most vulnerable, and spreading the Gospel through prayer and actions within our individual circles.

While public Masses are canceled, it remains imperative for the Catholic family of St. Patrick to pray, worship and commune with God and one another—from home. We are all part of the body of Christ. During this unprecedented time of sacrifice, I want you to know that I am grateful to you as you do what you can from your homes to help people encounter God and his love. That is needed more urgently now than perhaps ever before. We are all in this together. With so many changes, cancellations, and suspensions, we have been given days of silence and reflection – it has a “feel” as if it Is Good Friday every day.

We might each ask ourselves: How can I best make use of these quiet, still days? Perhaps we can turn off the news once in a while, stop wondering what will happen tomorrow, and trust in Jesus today. Day by day things will unravel, and day by day He will be with us.

God’s blessings – always,
Fr. Richard Pentello


Dear Beloved St. Patrick Parishioners,

What follows is what was received from the Worship Office of the Diocese of Youngstown regarding Spiritual Communion.  I encourage every household – whether individuals or families – to avail themselves to Spiritual Communion during these days when public Mass is not being celebrated.

Fr. Richard Pentello

Spiritual Communion via Live-Streamed or Televised Mass

Viewing a live-streamed, online, or televised Mass is an opportunity for the faithful to remain connected to the Sacrifice of the Mass during this difficult time.  Please share with parishioners through your parish social media platforms the times which daily and Sunday Mass can be viewed.  A complete schedule can be found on the Diocesan website: www.doy.org  under the Media tab.  Another source includes: www.watchtheMass.com from the CatholicTV Network offering daily Mass in English Sunday through Friday and in Spanish every Sunday.

Spiritual Communion

The Act of Spiritual Communion has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace.  Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion.  The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

Below are recommendations that can be shared with parishioners on how to make a ‘spiritual communion’ when unable to participate in Mass.  These can be adapted based upon personal and family needs:

  1. Gather with others in your household and begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.
 
  1. Take time to read and reflect upon the readings from Sunday Mass. Scripture readings can be found at usccb.org.  Additionally, a televised schedule of Mass is available at www.doy.org under Media tab.
  1. Share prayer intentions quietly or aloud.
  1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
  1. Offer a prayer for healing, strength, or forgiveness or any prayer available during the coronavirus pandemic. If viewing Mass, offer a prayer during the normal time of Communion.

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen.

PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN MARY FOR PROTECTION

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as
a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, health of the sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
Amen.

  1. Close with the sign of the cross.

Below is a prayer sent to us from the Vatican (Office of the Congregation of Divine Sacraments):

Let us pray, dearly beloved,
to God the Father almighty,
that he may extend his hand in mercy
to all those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Silent Prayer
Almighty ever-living God,
heal those who are ill,
comfort those who mourn,
give solace to all who are afraid and alone,
and protect those who are providing medical care.
Make us instruments of your peace
among our brothers and sisters.
In your mercy, alleviate our fears
and eliminate this scourge,
so that we may come together again
to give you praise and to build your Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Parish Update

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 and liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.

At St. Patrick Church – at least through Easter – the following are canceled until further notice:

  • 5:00 Saturday Vigil Mass
  • 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday morning Masses
  • Monday morning Word Services/Communion
  • Weekday Masses Tuesday thru Friday
  • Adoration on Tuesdays
  • Soup Suppers and Chaplet on Tuesdays of Lent
  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry on Wednesdays
  • Fun Time Group on Thursdays

Letter to Parishioners

Dear Saint Patrick Parishioner,

The current health crisis has impacted all of us, altering our daily lives beyond what we could have ever imagined. At the same time, this outbreak is stirring up anxiety, fear, confusion and distress. I want to assure you of my continued prayers for your well-being along with your family. I also ask that you offer daily prayers for those affected by this virus and for all health care professionals doing their very best to protect us and heal those who are ill.

As you know, the Church has also been directly affected by this outbreak causing us to cancel and make changes to many events and ministries, including Sunday Mass. I am writing to provide you an accurate summary of the actions currently in place regarding Saint Patrick Parish.

At present, the Bishops of Ohio have granted a dispensation regarding the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the next two weekends: March 21-22 and 28-29. If you are feeling ill, or exhibiting flu-like symptoms please stay home and watch Mass on television. For the time being, weekend Mass will be offered for those who are healthy and desire to attend. However, depending on the volatility of this situation this may change at any time.

Our St. Patrick School continues to be closed, per Governor DeWine’s mandate. Classes will resume when we are instructed to re-open our school. All PSR Religious Education and Youth Ministry classes have been canceled through Easter Sunday, April 12th. Confirmation, scheduled for April 23rd, is still on our calendar, but may need to be rescheduled for a later date. We will keep you informed if Bishop Murry finds it necessary to reschedule. First Communion, scheduled for May 2nd, remains, but this, too, could be postponed if circumstances merit. Most meetings/events scheduled for the rest of March have been canceled or postponed. Presently, the Parish Office will remain open; however, if possible, you are asked to conduct any business by mail or phone.

Finally, I call to your attention to a very serious and real implication this situation will have on our parish should it remain for an extended period of time. While it is understandable that many will stay home from Mass during this time, the financial repercussions will be far-reaching if Sunday donations are not maintained. While the parish church and school can survive an occasional missed donation, it is nearly impossible for us to endure an extended period of time, such as this, without receiving your weekly/monthly contribution. In the midst of these unusual circumstances we remain obligated to our financial responsibility to compensate our school faculty and staff, our church employees, remain current on our bills, and meet all of our financial obligations.

I implore you to please continue to support your parish financially throughout this unprecedented time by mailing to the parish office your weekly/monthly contribution (or dropping it off at the parish office), or signing up for online giving through myEoffering. Easy instructions to sign up for myEoffering are on our parish website. Your support is vitally important to the continued vibrancy of our parish in the midst of these challenging circumstances. Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter and for agreeing to remain current with your contributions.

No doubt the daily news is filled with so much information about the coronavirus and the impact it is making throughout our world and in our daily lives. At times it can seem overwhelming and depressing. Enclosed is an article that provides a different perspective and approach. I found comfort and consolation when I read in its beginning, “A good starting point is to remember that the most repeated phrase in the Bible is ‘Do not be afraid…have no fear!’” In this uncertain time, we all need some reassurance to not be afraid. As a people of hope, soon we will be singing God’s praise, thanking Him for His goodness, and living our life to the fullest!

Please know that I continue to remember all of you in my daily prayers for your health and well-being. Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support.

God’s blessings – always,

Rev. Richard J. Pentello Pastor

Also Read:

A Faith Response to the Coronavirus (View PDF)

March 22, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Lent

“Like the blind man, we are called by Christ to deepen our faith that Jesus is our Lord and Savior step by step.” by Fr. Rick Pentello on March 25, 2017.

Recording of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from 2017

Sung by Jessica DeFrange, Maria DeFrange Gill and Fr. Rick Pentello and Adam Sampson on piano

March 15, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

“Jesus broke four barriers in speaking to the Samaritan woman. We need to do the same.” by Fr. Rick Pentello