Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Port Clinton, Ohio

Important Message from Father John 3/25/2020

This message is in regard to Bishop
Thomas additional guidelines in light of Governor Mike DeWine’s “stay at home”
order. 

Keeping
Parish Offices and Churches Open

The discretion to keep parish offices open is
left to the pastor, keeping in mind that most parish employees should be
staying home now. 

  •  So, to
    protect parish employees, as well as to have proper sanitizing procedures, our
    parish office, as well as school office, is now closed.

At the discretion of the pastor churches could
remain open for private prayer.  Necessary
precautions should be taken to clean and sanitize the church.

  • This is impossible- especially with the many
    doors, pews in church, so our church is now locked until further notice. 

“The Light
is On” and Individual Confessions

Out of an abundance of caution and prudence “The
Light in On”, scheduled for April 1, is cancelled by the Bishop.

  •  If there
    is urgency for confession or in the case of emergency, call Fr. John at
    419.544.0852. Proper social distancing and sanitizing procedures must be
    followed for your health.  

Funerals and
Matrimony

With all due pastoral sensitivity to those
involved, these liturgies may be celebrated with only the immediate family in
attendance.  Please keep in mind the maximum
number of persons in attendance according to civil government directives.  Families should discourage from attendance
anyone whose health is compromised.  A
Mass for the Dead may be celebrated at a future date for those not able to
attend a funeral liturgy. 

It is commendable that so many parishes are
utilizing creative methods of connecting with parishioners to nurture their
spiritual lives.  However, no provision
for the distribution of Holy Communion, well intended as it may be , is to
serve as a substitute for the Holy Mass (i.e. Communion services, “drive through”
Communion opportunities, etc.). 

  •  Stay
    tuned for streamed video Mass from IC Parish this weekend. 

In order to assist the faithful who, at this
time are unable to receive Holy Communion while watching/listening to a
broadcast of Mass, the following prayer should be prayed.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy
Sacrament.

I love you above all things, and I desire to receive You into my
soul.

Since I cannot at the moment receive You sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there

And unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen

Oración para la Comunión Espiritual

Creo, Jesús mío, que estás realmente presente
en el Santísimo Sacramento del altar.

Te amo sobre todas las cosas y deseo
ardientemente recibirte dentro de mi alma.

pero no pudiendo hacerlo sacramentalmente,

ven al menos espiritualmente a mi corazón.

Quédate conmigo y no permitas que me separe
de ti. Amén