Coronavirus Update for the Faithful

Submitted by cooladmin — Sun, 03/15/2020 - 4:00 PM — Last Updated: Tue, 03/17/2020 - 5:05 PM

Updated 3/17/20:
Yesterday afternoon, the Bishops of Ohio issued additional guidance to the faithful. Their letter states: "the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/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 and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday." In addition, all parish activities including PSR, Fish Frys, choirs, and lay ministries are canceled. The letter goes on to say: "Sunday remains a holy day, and we encourage the faithful to pray using the rich resources of our faith, including praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, stations of the cross, etc. We also urge you to participate in prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised or live-streamed Mass and make a spiritual communion." In a letter to the priests of the Diocese of Columbus, informing them of this decision, Bishop Brennan expressed deep sadness at the necessity of making this decision. He also indicated that Funerals and Weddings would be permitted, but would be restricted to the family only.  The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council has also canceled all business and in-person meetings nationwide until further notice.

Original article:
The Bishops of Ohio have issued the following letter to the faithful:

See letter from the Catholic Bishops of Ohio (PDF) for the full message. In part, it says:

"We dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in Ohio and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29 ."

"Out of charity and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we encourage all the faithful, in particular those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or are at risk of illness seriously to consider refraining from Mass attendance ."

At COOL, PSR and Children's Liturgy of the Word are canceled until April 19 th . Masses continue as scheduled for those who are healthy and not at risk.

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