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

Monthly Archives: April 2020

Holy Week Videos

Easter Mass from St. Patrick Parish April 12, 2020

 


As we enter into the most sacred Three Days (Triduum) of our Church Year – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter – Jessica DeFrange, cantor and Music Director at St.Patrick Parish, provides us with a different meditative hymn for each of these days. May this musical gift inspire your soul and heart so that you and your loved ones may have a most fruitful and blessed Triddum and Easter Season.

 

He is Risen – Easter Sunday

 


Via Dolorosa – Good Friday

 


Blessings – Holy Thursday

 

Easter Blessings from Our Pastor

Dear St. Patrick Parishioners,

Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia! The Easter message of joy echoes through the whole world proclaiming Christ’s ultimate victory of light over darkness, grace over sin, and life over death. It is the message upon which we build our lives and to which we anchor our own hope of victory with him. During this solemn Easter season of 50-days we joyfully give thanks to God for the many blessings bestowed on us as individuals and as a faith community these many years. Because Jesus has died and risen again, conquering sin and death, we believe that with him we too shall live. In this spirit of faith and hope, I wish you and your families a most holy and blessed Easter Season!

Like you, I am painfully aware that our celebration of Easter might seem incomplete this year. Who could ever have thought, or even imagined, that the liturgies of Holy Week – Holy Thursday’s Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday’s Passion of the Lord, and Easter Vigil’s and Sunday’s Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord – would be suspended. In our lifetime, this is unheard of. Who among us could even remember a time when we did not have the opportunity to celebrate Easter Mass?! But, the decision – the right decision – was made for us to help keep us all safe. In my private Mass for Easter I will lovingly remember all of you, the good people of St. Patrick parish, in a special way. I will ask our risen Savior to be with us and sustain us in the days ahead as we do our best to be faithful people of a loving God. My prayers also include your intentions and the intentions of all our hearts – for those affected in any way by the coronavirus, for their families, for doctors, nurses, EMTs and all health care workers, for those who are on the front lines as police officers, fire fighters and other emergency personnel, for those who still work and encounter the public on a daily basis in our stores and service agencies, for those who have survived the virus, for those who are currently battling the disease, and for those who have died. Our prayers are many – our needs are great. But God’s healing and comforting love and presence are even greater.

I take this opportunity to thank all who have called me or sent emails, texts, cards and notes to me during these days of isolation. Your support and prayers (and your offer of food!) mean more to me than you will ever know. I miss you! I miss celebrating the Eucharist with you! I miss praying with you, laughing with you, and just being with you. But I do not despair. . . and I invite you to not despair either. God always has the last word. Just look at the Easter event! On Good Friday the world of darkness had thrown everything it had on the Anointed One and buried Him in a tomb – thinking it had the final word. But the final word belonged to God. On Easter Sunday God overturned the world’s verdict, as our Savior Jesus Christ rose from that tomb and conquered the darkness of the world forever.

My friends, this is still God’s world. You have heard me preach that many, many times. God will not leave us orphaned. He will see us through these days where it seems always to be Good Friday. But Easter is triumphant. God has the last word – always! May you and our faith family of St. Patrick, along with all of our loved ones, have a most blessed and Happy Easter.

Fr. Richard Pentello

Confirmation and Communion Parent Letter

Dear Parent,

I hope that you and your family are doing well during these days of sacrifice. Please know that you are remembered in my daily prayers.

I am writing to you because you have a child who is either in the 2nd grade and preparing to celebrate First Communion or a child in the 8th grade preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. At our St. Patrick Parish, Confirmation was previously scheduled for April 23, 2020 and First Communion was previously scheduled for May 2, 2020. The Ohio Catholic Conference of Bishops announced Thursday, April 2, that the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses and liturgies has been extended through and including Sunday, May 3, 2020. The Catholic Conference Chairman Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, said in a prepared statement,

“Out of deep concern for the common good, as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor’s direction. To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through and including Sunday May 3rd. This decision has not been taken lightly and, as your bishops, together with you, we recognize the sacrifice we are called to make by being physically distanced from the Holy Eucharist and from one another.”

Therefore, in light of the decision of the Bishops of Ohio, I am informing you that the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion are postponed until a later date. Of course, I am unable to say when we will celebrate these Sacraments with your child, but please know that I will be in communication with our school principal, Mr. Howard Mancini, and our PSR Director of Religious Education, Ms. Carol Wallington, to keep you informed of any further developments and information. Only when it is safe and in everyone’s best interest will we choose dates for these celebrations. (For our 8th grade Confirmation students, Bishop Murry has already delegated the pastors of the parish to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.)

I understand that this decision might prove to be a hardship, but I appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. Please assure your child that they will be confirmed and they will make their First Communion – just at a later date then previously scheduled. Feel free to contact Mr. Mancini, Ms. Wallington or myself if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, my prayers go out to you and to our faith family of St. Patrick Parish.

God’s blessings,

Rev. Richard J. Pentello, V.F.
Pastor