Preparing for Pentecost
We are preparing to return to Mass on Pentecost Sunday, our parish’s patronal feast day. To get us ready as a parish for both events, I ask you to join with me in praying a novena to the Holy Spirit beginning Friday, May 22, 2020 through Saturday, May 30, 2020.
There will be a prayer for each day. You will receive it in the daily email from the parish or will be able to access it from the parish website (Novena to the Holy Spirit).
A novena is, as the name indicates (novem, Latin for "nine"), is a nine-day prayer. The original novena was when the disciples were in prayer together from Jesus’ Ascension until the first Pentecost. Though the Ascension is transferred from today, Thursday, to this coming Sunday, we emulate the early Church in prayer. We pray for our parish, our Church, and our world, that the Holy Spirit may renew us and set us on fire with love for God.
Rev. Charles F. Strebler
Full Instructions for Returning to Public Masses at Holy Spirit
In a week we will be returning to public weekday Masses and in two weeks we return to public Sunday Masses and the Sunday Vigil on Saturday. I am sure that many of you are anxious to return, but I also suspect that some of you are anxious about returning. I write to you today to share with you what we are doing at Holy Spirit to protect the health of our parishioners as we return to Mass. These actions are being done so that Holy Spirit will be in compliance with the directives issued by the Diocese of Cleveland, which can be found at https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/forward-in-christ/worship-guidelines/overview.
First and foremost, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be dispensed until you are notified otherwise.
Before you come to Mass:
Please know that, while we will do our best to provide for you, certain supplies are difficult for us to obtain given that every other parish is also in need of them.
Coming to Mass:
The size and shape of Holy Spirit church will make this easier than in some other parishes. The fire code states we have a capacity of 850; therefore, we can have up to 425 at a Mass. During the regular functioning of the parish, 850 is about the average attendance across the four Masses; therefore, the numbers should not be problematic for Holy Spirit.
For those use to following along with the readings, you may use an electronic device, though I encourage instead that you review the reading in the week before the Sunday Mass. Many commentators on the Liturgy say that not having the text in front of us is the ideal since “faith comes through hearing” (Romans 10:17).
The best scientific studies say that the Covid virus can live on paper products for no more than four days; therefore, the pouches will be taken into the Sacristy to be stored until the counters can safely process the donations after several days.
Think: do like what you would at a wedding, waiting for the row before you to file out.
It is preferable that you do not congregate in the parking lot, if you must do so for necessary business, please keep your mask on (“mask car to car.”)
Much help will be needed to clean the church between Masses. We will be asking for volunteers to assist us in this process. To facilitate this, I ask that you arrive for Mass no sooner than (10) minutes before the start of Mass.
Weekday Masses begin on Monday, May 25, 2020. Until further notice, all Masses will take place in church and not the chapel. The above guidelines are to be observed at weekday Masses.
I readily admit that celebrating the Eucharist as described above is far from ideal. Some of the things we have to do fly in the face of the good liturgical principles I have been describing in my pastor’s column the past year. However, these are necessary for the common good and to balance out people’s hunger for the Eucharist with the needs of public health. If you find you cannot abide by these practices, remember that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed for the time being. I look forward to seeing you when a greater sense of normalcy is restored.
Though Holy Spirit is doing what can be reasonably expected to ensure the health and safety of her parishioners, we cannot absolutely guarantee that there is no chance of contracting the Covid-19 virus at the parish—the church cannot be a “clean room”. If, despite the parish’s precautions, you have concerns about your health, especially because you are a part of the vulnerable population, I encourage you to take advantage of the dispensation from Sunday Mass and continue the practice of a Spiritual Communion.
For those unable to attend Sunday Mass we will continue our live streaming of the Mass. Please note that we are returning to the church for our broadcast. The church building is not ideal for broadcasting, so please be patient with us.
Thanks to all of you for your understanding and patience in this process. It will be good to have you back!
Rev. Charles F. Strebler
Parish Information ________
Mass Times RETURNING MAY 25
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
Office Hours BEGINNING MAY 26
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.