Holy Spirit Parish Corona Virus Update (March 19)
It is an extraordinary time in which we are. I for one never thought I would see something like this: Public Masses have been canceled in the Cleveland Diocese, the dioceses of Ohio, and throughout the nation. For us, this includes the celebration of Holy Week, The Easter Triduum, and Easter Sunday. I am still trying to wrap my brain about all of this. The cancellation of Public Masses is not being done with the intention of depriving people of the Mass, the Eucharist, or of Prayer. We are in an extraordinary time of health crisis. The intention is to bring about social distancing (surely, the “word of the year” for 2020) to mitigate the effects of the Corona Virus on the population, especially the most susceptible. The actions that the Diocese instructs and that I and the parish staff are taking are intended to foster social distancing.
Again a reminder that, though public Masses are canceled, Sunday remains a day of rest and prayer.
Sunday Mass: We will be making the Sunday Mass at Holy Spirit available via YouTube. You may watch it when you want. The links may be found through the parish website, www.hspal.org.
The Eucharist: For those who are not receiving the Eucharist at a time they feel they need it the most, I share with you one of the basic principles of sacramental theology: God is not limited by our Sacraments. If you are truly wanting and needing the graces of the sacraments and are properly disposed for their reception, but are hindered from receiving them through no fault of your own, God will not deny you those graces. In these days, those longing for the graces of the Eucharist can make a Spiritual Communion, we ask in prayer that Jesus be with us. An example of this prayer:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
Confessions: At the instruction of the Diocese, there will be no regularly scheduled times to hear confessions. If it is a matter of the danger of death or a serious sin that heavily burdens you, you may call me at the rectory to make arrangements for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Again following the principle that “God is not limited by our Sacraments”, know that for sin, even mortal sin, if one is unable to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation—as the case is now—one may, with the true intention to turn from sin, express true sorrow for those sins. The person is free from penalty for the sins; however, these sins are to be brought to the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the next opportunity.
The church and prayer: The church will be open at these times: Sunday, 10am-1pm; Monday, Noon-3pm; Tuesday, Noon-3pm; Wednesday 10am-1pm; Thursday, Noon-3pm; Friday 10am-1pm for private, silent prayer. Please respect the principle of social distancing. Family groups may join together, but others should keep 6 feet from each other. The size and layout of our church provides for this. The church will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each session of prayer. The hours were chosen as to allow our maintenance staff the time needed for cleaning.
Mass Intentions: I will be celebrating each Sunday Mass for the intention of the People of Holy Spirit. For the weekday Masses, we are trying to reach those who requested the intentions. I can use the intention at my daily private Mass, or it can be rescheduled once we are permitted public Masses.
Parish office: The Parish office will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am to 3pm.
Parish groups and meetings: All meetings and groups on parish property are canceled until further notice. Please note that in the spirit of social distancing, it is counter-productive for parish groups to meet off parish property. As pastor, I highly discourage this.
Bulletins: We will continue to publish bulletins, but in reduced numbers. Bulletins can be found at https://www.holyspiritavonlake.org/publications. If you would like a print version, please call the parish or email your request to [email protected].
Confirmation and First Communion: These celebrations are on hold pending further instructions from the Diocese concerning the resumption of public Masses. More information will be forthcoming as the situation unfolds and clarifies.
sALt: Insight Nights will continue via technology.
Please see the website, www.hspal.org, for the latest updates and watch your email for further information.
These are difficult measures, but these are difficult times. I thank you for your understanding.
As Holy Spirit Parish, as parts of the Body of Christ, and as members of humanity we are all in this together. Let us work and pray in such a way that this scourge on our world may soon be eliminated.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the parish, 440-933-3777, or via email, [email protected].
Come Holy Spirit!
Rev. Charles F. Strebler,
Lenten Mission Preached by Rev. Paul Colloton, OFSF from Our Lady Help of Christians, Lindenhurst, NY
Resources for Mass
Prayer and Devotions
Spiritual Reading and Growth
Pray for Fr. Beatty
All Public Masses Canceled through April 12
Dear Parishioners of Holy Spirit,
It is with a heavy, but understanding heart that I must let you know that the Catholic bishops of Ohio have decided that all public Masses and liturgies, through at least Easter Sunday, are suspended.
The text of their letter:
March 16, 2020
RE: Catholic Bishops of Ohio Suspend All Publicly Celebrated Masses/Liturgies
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. (Clarification: At this point, this is up to and including Easter Sunday - HSP Annotation.) 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.
This decision is not taken lightly and, as your bishops, causes us great sadness. However, after consultation with the governor and health officials we are convinced that this is the most prudent and necessary action.
Science has proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of contagion. This poses a serious danger to those especially most vulnerable.
As Catholics, in every Sunday Mass we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. In this moment, we are experiencing in a unique way the passion of our Lord as this pandemic prevents us from gathering for the Sunday Eucharist. In this very difficult time, we encourage the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer. 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 livestreamed Mass and make a spiritual communion.
Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, for all health care workers, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this situation. Relying on the motherly care of Our Lady, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our healing and our hope.
This will be difficult news for many to take. It has cut me to the core that the central mystery of our faith, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord cannot be celebrated as a parish community.
The parish staff will be meeting soon to look at ways we can best serve your spiritual needs. Expect more communications from the parish in the immediate future.
Know that I will continue to celebrate Masses privately, and each Sunday I will celebrate a Mass for the intention of the Parishioners of Holy Spirit Parish.
If you would like to speak to me, feel free to call the Parish, 440-933-3777, or to email me at: [email protected]
Rev. Charles F. Strebler,
Parish Information ________
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 pm
Sunday Masses: 9:00 am | 10:30 am | 12:00 pm
Weekday Masses: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30 am
Holy Day and Holiday Masses refer to bulletin
Mon, Tue, Thu: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Interested in joining our parish?
Call 440.933.3777 or
Click here for registration form
Holy Spirit Parish Bulletin
Conversion by Bishop Robert Barron POSTPONED TBD
Holy Spirit Parish Mission POSTPONED TBD
St. Joseph Parish Mass Times
Address: 32929 Lake Rd., Avon Lake
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Masses: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Monday Mass: 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Mass: 8:00 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Adoration: Tuesday—8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
First Friday Adoration: 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday
St. Raphael Parish Mass Times
Address: 525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village
Saturday Vigil Masses: 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Masses: 8 a.m. 10 a.m. 12 noon
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri Mass: 7:45 a.m.
Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri Mass: 9:15 a.m.
Saturday Mass: 8:30 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Adoration: Friday 10:00 a.m. until Saturday 4:00 p.m.