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Week of April 5 Update

Holy Week

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Today we enter into the holiest week of the year, Holy Week. This is the week in which we commemorate the saving action of Our Lord on our behalf. During this week, we see the crowds go from proclaiming Christ king to calling for Him to be crucified. The Holy Eucharist and the priesthood were both instituted. And the Lord offered to His Father the ultimate sacrifice of His life for our sake and our salvation.

During this week, I again suggest that you read the Passion of the Lord from any of the Gospels. The Passion from the Gospel of St. Matthew is what we read at Mass. Meditate upon what it is that the Lord has done so that we could have life and have it more abundantly. Also be sure to pray the Stations of the Cross, especially on this coming Good Friday.

Many also remain nervous or frustrated with the current situation. Please know that the suspension of public Mass has been extended through May 3. I know this is difficult, and it is hard for us not to see each of you. However, we have no control over the situation. We can allow our fear or anger to consume us, or we can use this situation for some good. I strongly urge each of you to work on building up your domestic church. The family has long been and described as a domestic church, the church at home. What we do here at the parish complements, strengthens, and confirms what you do at home, but right now we need strong domestic churches. We can often overlook that, but the faith begins and is nurtured first and foremost in the home. Make sure that you are praying, praying as a family, and focusing on your spiritual lives during this time. Read the life of a saint, read the Mass texts at home, pray the rosary. Prayer is all the more important now! Focus also on your family by putting down the phones, turning off the technology, and actually spending quality time together. We can only work on what we can control ourselves, so seize that opportunity!

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Without the ability to attend Mass, especially during this Holy Week, build up your homes and families. You can cover your statues if you haven’t already as we do at church. You can read the texts of Mass as part of your personal or family prayer. You can pray the Stations to be in union with the Passion. Strive to work on some virtue or issue that has been plaguing your home while you have the time. The Lord is calling us back to Himself, and away from all the distractions that we have allowed to pull us in this or that way. We have the choice, we can use this situation to our advantage to grow in holiness and as a family, or we can use it only to inflame our passions of fear and anger. But if we choose the latter, then we miss a golden opportunity to unite ourselves to the cross of Christ!

Please remember that you can find some suggestions in a former update here on prayers and where to watch Mass. We have resources in English, Latin, and German! Please also share this newsletter with other parishioners and make sure they know they can sign up to receive it as well!

Also, be sure to check the parish webpage calendar for the hours that Church will be open this week, and when confession will be offered. You can find the calendar at this link: Google Calendar. This will be the most accurate and updated list, but please be sure to check daily in case something has changed. Please enter only through the side door of Church. Please come and visit us! Our Lord is still in the tabernacle!

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Please remember that there is Holy Water and other devotional materials available near the side door of Church. holy water bottles are available to be purchased for $1 which simply covers the cost. You can also bring your own holy water bottles. Please drop this in the donation box under the high pulpit which you can see in the picture below.

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You can also drop your Sunday collection envelopes for either Old St. Mary’s or Sacred Heart and/or other donations in there as well. You can also set up online giving for Old St. Mary’s here. You can donate to the Oratory here. Online giving for Sacred Heart is coming soon and will hopefully be set up by next Sunday. The physical parish office is closed, but everyone is working remotely and responding to phone calls and emails during this time.

Finally, my sermon for this Palm Sunday can be found here. I address a little more some of the things I talked about here. I pray that each of you has a blessed Holy Week and I look forward to the day when we can all be together again. Please pray for us. Know that you are each remembered in our daily prayer and Masses and we pray for an end to this pandemic. The prayers against plague are said at each of our Masses, please pray for this at home as well. God bless!

Fr. Jon-Paul Bevak, C.O.
Provost

Week of March 29 Update

Today we enter into our ‘late’ Lenten period of Passiontide. During the first few weeks of Lent, we were particularly focused on our own conversion from sin and detachment from the world. In these last two weeks of Lent, we particularly focus on the passion and death of Our Lord, which is the whole reason as to why we must avoid sin and be attached only to Him. Our Lord has now nearly accomplished all that He has set out to, in order to redeem us. He is now hidden, spending His remaining days with his Apostles, friends, and Blessed Mother. I pray that we are counted among his friends, even during this difficult time! 

During this time, I encourage you to read one, or all, of the Passion narratives from Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. This is the time to consider exactly how much Our Lord loved us, desired to satisfy justice, and restore us to friendship with God. He suffered much for our sake, hopefully meditating upon this suffering causes us to love Him more, to follow Him more faithfully, and strive to be better Catholics. I also encourage you to work on your own family life by keeping routine, spending quality time together, and together striving to grow in some virtue you have wanted to for some time. So often we let our family life slip away by too much focus on technology and the problems of the world. While this situation is not ideal, use the good in it that you can!

If you are interested in a particularly good online Passiontide Retreat, you can follow along with Fr. Andrew from the Oratory-in-Formation in Washington D.C. The first session can be found on YouTube. His first talk is about what a retreat is in general. You can subsequently watch their YouTube Channel for further updates. A reminder that there are plenty of online resources for watching Mass and other Liturgical Rites. You can find some suggestions in a former update here.

Please be sure to check the parish webpage calendar for the hours that Church will be open this week, and when confession will be offered. You can find the calendar at this link: Google Calendar. This will be the most accurate and updated list, but please be sure to check daily in case something has changed. Please enter only through the side door of Church.

Please note that there is Holy Water and other materials available near the side door of Church. We also now have Holy Water bottles that can be purchased for $1 which simply covers the cost. Please drop this in the donation box under the high pulpit. You can also drop your Sunday collection envelopes for either Old St. Mary’s or Sacred Heart and/or other donations in there as well. 

Finally, my sermon for this Passion Sunday can be found here. I pray that each of you has a blessed week and I look forward to the day when we can all be together again. Please pray for us. Know that you are each remembered in our daily prayer and Masses. God bless! – Fr. Jon-Paul

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Week of March 22 Resources

Requiescat in Pace

We have just received word of the passing of Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk. May he rest in peace!

O God, who did raise Thy servant Daniel to the dignity of bishop in the apostolic priesthood; grant, we beseech Thee, that he may be joined in fellowship with Thine apostles forevermore. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Parish Schedule

This is the schedule for the week of Sunday, March 22. Please check the calendar before you come down in case something has changed:

Monday, March 23
8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Church Open

Tuesday, March 24
8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Church Open
7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Confession

Wednesday, March 25
9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Church Open
11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon
Confession

Thursday, March 26
8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Church Open
8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Confession

Friday, March 27
8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Church Open
11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon
Confession

Saturday, March 28
9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m.
Confession

Sunday, March 29
10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Church Open

Acts of Spiritual Communion

St. Alphonsus Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.

Cardinal Merry del Val Act of Spiritual Communion

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.

Holy Father’s Prayer during the Pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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Ordination Postponed

It is with sadness that we announce that out of prudence, and in consultation with the Archbishop of Cincinnati and Bishop Mario Avilés, the Father’s of the Oratory felt it best to postpone the ordination scheduled for Thursday. It will be rescheduled at a later date. Please remember all those affected by the coronavirus, especially the sick and those who have died, in your prayers! We will release information when we know more.

Coronavirus Update

Please note that all non-liturgical and Sacramental events/preparation in the parishes have been canceled until at least April 3. This is at the request of the Archbishop. This includes Catechism class, socials after Mass, group meetings, etc. The liturgical schedule will otherwise remain as is for now, but further changes can be announced as the situation unfolds. The Ordination on Thursday, March 19, is still scheduled as is at 6:00 p.m. The reception, however, has been delayed until a later date when this outbreak passes.

If you are ill, out of both charity and justice, please stay home and get better and not expose anyone else to whatever you may have, whether it is the coronavirus, the flu, strep throat, etc. The Archbishop has lifted the Sunday obligation through Sunday, March 29. If you are healthy and can attend Mass, you should. Please use prudence. We also encourage the virtue of fortitude, and not allowing fear to also become contagious. God has given to us the beautiful gift of reason, we must make proper use of it so that society can quickly return to normal once this threat has passed. Please be sure to pray for all those directly affected, whether it is the dying, the sick, or the poor who will be economically hurt during this time.

St. Charles Borromeo, a friend of St. Philip Neri who helped Milan through the plague from 1576-1578, pray for us!