On Thursday, November 19, the Ohio Public Health Advisory System moved Franklin County to Level 4: Purple. According to Diocesan guidelines, in-person public worship is not permitted at this time. However, Holy Mass will be celebrated livestream on Sundays at 10am with no more than 4 necessary ministers. For those who wish and who watch Livestream, Fr. Rob or I will be at the doors of the Church immediately following the livestream Mass to distribute Holy Communion to those who wish, roughly from 11-11:45am. Masks are required even outdoors. We ask that you maintain 6 feet distance from each quarantined party. We are also happy to come to your car, if that is more desired and comfortable. Online worship will always be available each Sunday for the 10am Mass and Monday thru Friday for 9am Morning Prayer. (We even hope to have pre-record Morning Prayer on Saturday mornings beginning this Advent…more to come!)
It is more pertinent now than ever that we take care of each other in the Name of Christ Jesus. Although sadly our doors need to be closed for in-person worship, the Church is vibrantly open. Loving our neighbor right now means wearing your masks, washing your hands, maintaining social distance and following guidelines given for public health and safety. Let us also not forget the poor and needy with necessary food and monetary donations as the holidays near. Remember, too, those who are quarantining alone such as our elderly and high risk. Drop them a card or a phone call. Stay close to Christ, our Redeemer! Pray often. Take care of each other!
The very good news in all this is that Jesus is still on the throne and reigns as King. This present darkness will end and the dawn of a new day will come. We rejoice to hear of good things in regards to promising vaccines and successful treatments. I know I give thanks for all those little signs and acts of love that you are showing towards each other. Be people of hope and good cheer! Christ is with us!
Let us all pray that as we approach the Advent of our King we may be set free from this pandemic and be given a new grace of Hope and Light in the midst of this time of trial.
May the peace of Christ be with you all. Stay safe and healthy! Be not afraid. He is risen!