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Monthly Archives: May 2020

May 31, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday

“More than ever in this time of fear we need to receive Jesus’ repeated command to the disciples: ‘Be not afraid.’ ” by Fr. Rick Pentello

Public Masses to Resume on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Sunday, May 30-31, 2020

Directives and Guidelines for the Diocese of Youngstown

In light of the decision to resume the celebration of public Masses and liturgies by the Bishops of Ohio, the following Directives and Guidelines are issued for all parishes of the Diocese of Youngstown.  These take into consideration how to best proceed under these unusual circumstances while remaining pastorally sensitive to the People of God and adhering to restrictions issued by the State of Ohio.  The guidance provided aims to clarify how such spiritual care can be responsibly offered to the faithful during this period and have been formulated with great care to preserve and respect the powerful liturgical and sacramental symbolism of the rites of the Mass.  These directives/guidelines currently remain in effect by order of Bishop Murry and will be revised or changed should any further directives be issued by the Governor of Ohio, the Bishops of Ohio, or Bishop Murry.  They are considered to be temporary until it is determined safe to return to the normal circumstances.

The Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Youngstown and especially those who are sick, or at high risk of becoming sick continue to be dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice.

General Guidelines

  1. Understanding the desire of many to return to church, it remains important for those who are at greater risk to refrain from returning until such time they feel confident to do so.
  2. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days should not attend Mass in accordance with national, state and local health directives.
  3. Appropriate cleaning of high use areas within the church is to be done before and after each service.
  4. Every effort to ensure appropriate physical distancing before, during, and after liturgical celebrations is required. Methods will vary depending on capacity and arrangement of church buildings. Parishes will decide how best to configure seating to maintain proper physical distance.
  5. No more than one family is permitted in the Cry Room at each Mass.
  6. No receptions or social gatherings (i.e. coffee/donuts) are to be held.
  7. While not mandatory, those attending Mass may wear masks or face coverings.
  8. Bulletins will be available for pick-up at each exit. Greeters and Ushers will not pass them out.
  9. All in attendance should wash or sanitize their hands before and after Mass being mindful not to touch their face, eyes, or nose.
  10. All should make every effort to continually model and encourage good hygienic practices.

During Mass

Holy Water
  • Holy water fonts are to remain empty until further notice.
Offertory Collection
  • The practice of passing baskets throughout the assembly is temporarily suspended. Contribution baskets will be placed at all the entrances of the church for worshippers to drop their offering at the beginning of Mass or when leaving Mass.
The Lord’s Prayer and Sign of Peace
  • Physical contact during the Lord’s Prayer (holding hands) and the Sign of Peace is suspended. For the Sign of Peace those present are encouraged to make a slight bow or nod to others and offer words of peace.
Receiving Holy Communion
  • It is highly encouraged and strongly recommended that the reception of Holy Communion be given in the hand.

Distribution of Holy Communion on the Tongue
Out of pastoral necessity and urgency, those desiring to receive Holy Communion on the tongue are permitted to do so. In this instance, they are to be last in line and receive only from the priest. In the unfortunate circumstance that the priest’s fingers come in contact with the mouth of the communicant, he must immediately sanitize his fingers before continuing with the next in line.

  • Reception of the Precious Blood from the chalice by the assembly is temporarily suspended.
  • The location of stations for the distribution of Holy Communion should be considered to facilitate orderly movement and to maintain proper physical distance. One-way traffic patterns are encouraged.
  • Appropriate spacing between individuals in the Communion Procession is to be maintained.
  • Holy Communion is not to be distributed with gloves, nor may it be received in the hand with gloves.

Parishioners are asked to contact the Parish Office (33-673-5849) or the Office of Worship (330-744-8451 ext. 282) with any questions.

May 24, 2020 – The Ascension of the Lord

“We can accomplish Jesus’ Ascension mission only to the extent that His goodness is reflected in our own actions.” by Fr. Rick Pentello on May 28 2017

May 17, 2020 – 6th Sunday of Easter

Jesus’ departing promise to his disciples that he would be sending them the Holy Spirit brings to mind the times when the Holy Spirit participated in the story of humanity’s creation and salvation.” by Fr. Rick Pentello on May 21, 2017

St. Patrick Church Weekend Masses to Resume May 30, 2020

Dear St. Patrick Parishioners,

As the “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan” is implemented during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic allowing a gradual return to work and the lifting of some of the restrictions regarding consumer, retail and services, the Catholic Bishops of the State of Ohio have announced directives for the safe return to the public celebration of the Mass.

On May 8, 2020 the priests of the Diocese of Youngstown were informed by Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. that we will begin celebrating Mass again with our people. Please note that at St. Patrick Church weekend Masses will begin again on Pentecost weekend, May 30-31, 2020. Weekday Masses at St. Patrick Church (Tuesday thru Friday) will begin June 2, 2020.

The Worship Office of the Diocese of Youngstown, in consultation with Liturgical Commissions throughout the dioceses of Ohio, has provided Directives and Guidelines for the Diocese of Youngstown outlining the safe practices and procedures we must implement for the resumption of public liturgies. Among other practices, these detailed directives and guidelines will include maintaining social distancing, recommendations to provide a safe environment and instructions for the distribution of Holy Communion.

Please note that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass still remains in effect. Bishop Murry dispenses the Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Youngstown and all other Catholics currently in the diocese from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice. As our bishop, he states, “I continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most at risk, the elderly and those with serious health issues. I strongly urge those who are most vulnerable to stay at home and I implore those who are not feeling well to refrain from coming to church”. Bishop Murry thanks the faithful for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we implement this return to the public celebration of Mass.

When we gather on the Solemnity of Pentecost, it will have been 77-days since we celebrated the Eucharist together. If you are feeling well, I hope to see you again at Mass on May 30-31. I know things will perhaps “look” a bit different and “feel” a bit different….but one thing will never change: the love our God has for us through good times and bad, and our need to gather as His people to give thanks for the blessings that are ours. Know that you and your intentions are remembered in my daily prayers. Stay safe, my friends.

God’s blessings – always,
Fr. Richard Pentello