Father Marty's Weekly Message
Last week I received a communication from the Bishop concerning the Sunday
Obligation Dispensation and thought I should pass it on to you. It reads as
“As we progress forward during the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is prudent
to provide another update on the current guidelines already in effect and to
provide further clarification on some issues. I continue to be encouraged and
grateful for the many ways in which our Catholic faithful are ministered to and
for the various means parishes have employed to keep their parishioners
connected to their parish. Throughout these months we have made every
effort to provide pastoral guidance, keeping in mind the guidance issued by
state, county, and local public health officials and to implement them to the
best of our practical ability using prudence and pastoral sensitivity. I thank all
who have taken, and continue to take, those steps necessary to safeguard the
faithful, as best as humanly possible, when attending Mass and other liturgies.
Apart from the following updates, the liturgical guidelines remain in effect until
SUNDAY OBLIGATION DISPENSATION
Kindly inform the faithful that they continue to be dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Together with the Bishops of Ohio and our priests, I will continue to reassess the continuance of the dispensation. Those who are elderly, sick, or in a high-risk category should be reminded and strongly encouraged to refrain from attending Mass out of concern for their own well-being and out of Christian charity for others.”
I also received this kind letter from Helping Hands of St. Louis regarding our collection of hygiene articles sometime back… It reads:
“Dear Gesu Church,
Helping Hands of St. Louis wishes to acknowledge your donation of 79 lbs. of hygiene items and cleansers on July 20, 2020 to our ministry.
Rest assured your donation was appreciated, and of the impact your generosity is making in the lives of those who are in our care.
May God bless one and all. Lucia L.. Cusino
Have a good week. Fr. Marty