Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Port Clinton, Ohio

Fr. John’s Bulletin Article

Weekend of March 21/22

Dear Parishioners,

                Whether you are reading this on-line or from our traditional paper bulletin, ‘the fullness’ of the bulletin is lacking because of the coronavirus. I find it totally overwhelming, but in total agreement, that public masses/liturgies are canceled by our Bishop through Easter, which is April 12th.  Sr. Peg mentions this in her column on page two. Not only sacramental cancelations, but the numerous parish meetings and activities. This serious outbreak has had, is, and will continue to impact us, like the unemployed.   I know that our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of monetary and food assistance for the newly unemployed due to the c-virus and the poor also, our school children are learning on-line at their homes with the assistance of their teachers.

               Sr. Peg urges you to celebrate Mass on weekends by way of radio broadcast  or TV or live steamed. If you are able, please tune into EWTN on TV, but also live streamed Masses are broadcast from parishes near us:  Norwalk St. Paul, and Monroeville St. Joseph. Two weeks ago I asked Sr. Peg to investigate the process and cost of a set-up/installation for a camera in church to live-stream Masses for anyone unable to attend weekend masses or other events.  I wish it was installed and operating during these times.  Parish funerals and weddings are to be celebrated with the presence of the fewest members of the faithful – only immediate family.  We will not have our communal penance service on March 30, but confessions will be heard on April 1.  The diocese has the LIGHT IS ON time when the local priest is in the confessional.  At the present time I will be in the confessional from 11:30 am – 12:30pm, and from 4-7 pm on April 1.  The diocese is asking the penitent to confess anonymously – using the screen, not face to face with the priest.

                At the present time, the parish office will remain open.  I know I probably did not cover everything, but please be patient with me, and I with you.  These extraordinary times are calling us to take extraordinary measures.

               While we may have to refrain temporarily from reception of the Holy Eucharist, I hope that such a sacrifice will serve not to divide us but to unite us in our deeper love and appreciation for the Holy Eucharist as well as for a holy communion with our neighbors.  Please see Sr. Peg’s suggested “Communion of Desire Prayer” on page 2, when you long for ‘the real thing’ = Eucharist!

               Is it six or seven feet apart??????????????