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Due to the changes in parish life due to COVID-19, check in here for the latest messages from Fr. Gurnick and the parish.

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Parish Status and Updates

Tune in here for the latest on the status of parish activities, programs and services amid COVID-19 social distancing.

LITURGICAL LIFE, RCIA, and ALL FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS

All Masses/liturgies, by decree of the Bishops of Ohio, have ceased.  Please see the list below for links to live streamed an pre-recorded masses from around the area.

Any Baptisms or Weddings are to be postponed unless there is a pastoral urgency.  Special protocols apply.

For Funerals, it is recommended that the Rite of Committal take place at the cemetery in a timely fashion, with a Memorial Mass celebrated after this health crisis has passed.  I will offer a special Mass in private upon news of any parishioner’s death.

Communion to the Sick is suspended at all nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, including to people’s individual homes.  The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum to the Dying will be administered at any time, provided we are not restricted by any civil regulation.  Special protocols apply.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):  At this time, confessions are being limited to being in danger of death, per diocesan directives.  Confessions are not able to be administered via technology of any kind.

All Faith Formation/Adult Enrichment Programming is suspended until further notice, including those activities with our partner parishes.  Many of these groups have already been notified.

CHARITY AND OTHER OUTREACH-BASED ACTIVITIES

  • Saint Patrick/SVP Food Pantry – Wednesdays (10:00am until 2:00pm) *operating as long as it remains reasonably safe and feasible for everyone involved.
  • St. Malachi Back Door Ministry – Sandwich Service only on Fridays (10:30am – 1:00pm) *  (moved to parish hall)
  • Saint Patrick Hot Meal Program (Tuesday – Thursday):  Suspended
  • Saint Malachi Monday Night Meal – Suspended
  • Saturday Morning Meal at St. Malachi – Suspended
  • Metanoia Ministry at St. Malachi – Suspended through end of their 2019-2020 season

Alcoholic Anonymous and other support programs are currently being addressed with individual group leaders.  We realize the positive impact these regular meetings have for our friends in recovery.  However, each group must comply with current government guidelines at the time of each meeting (which may change daily).  Regulations include capacity in attendance.

The Parish Mission House is closed until further notice and all visiting groups through April 30th will be notified.  This period may be extended, as directed by the authorities. Please note: Should the need arise, we stand ready to provide the house for emergency situations and those administrators and I have established a protocol so that we can release the building.  

PARISH OFFICES

Our offices will remain closed until further notice.  Parish staff members are working from their homes and very few are coming in periodically to check on mail and other on-site needs.  Our updated phone system allows for each staff person to check voicemails regularly. Also, each staff member is checking emails regularly so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have a need at this time.  Our maintenance staff is here regularly to inspect our buildings and grounds. A daily inspection of the entire facilities is maintained. Because the rectory building itself is a home, it is restricted to Father Gurnick and other essential personnel only – no exceptions, please!

RECTORY

Because this building is both central to our parish offices and the pastor’s residence, this dual purpose requires us to have some contingency plans should Fr. Gurnick be tested positive and need to be quarantined, but not hospitalized.  In the event this were to occur, the rectory building – in its entirety – is off limits to anyone during his time of quarantine.  Our staff is preparing “essential materials” kits which each will keep in his/her personal possession. Should the offices begin to reopen on a limited basis, and if the rectory remains restricted, parish administrative offices will be temporarily relocated to the Club Building’s Faith Formation Center (home of our PSR program). 

EMBRACING OUR CALL AT THIS TIME

To honor the efforts of our local, state, and federal government’s plans to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, all other activities are suspended until further notice.  I understand that these measures may appear extreme, but we need to maintain the safety of our community members and those we serve. Thank you for your kind understanding, prayerful support, and cooperation as we make it – and we WILL make it – through these challenging days ahead.

LIVE STREAMED AND ONLINE SERVICES

  • St. Victor Parish, Richfield, streams the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass on its Facebook page and website.
  • St. Raphael Parish, Bay Village, streams Mass live at 11 a.m. Sundays on its website. Archived videos of some previously streamed Masses also are available.
  • SS. Robert and William Parish, Euclid, livestreams its 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on its Facebook page.
  • St. Ladislas Parish, Westlake, livestreams a Sunday Mass that is available by 11 a.m. Sundays on its website.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood offers a tape delay broadcast of a Sunday Mass on its website at 1 p.m. Sundays. The parish also plans to tape and broadcast stations of the cross and the Easter triduum liturgies.
  • St. Patrick Parish in West Park also offers a taped Sunday Mass on its website. It is planning to offer Friday stations of the cross, as well.
  • St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick offers opportunities to view the 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays on its website.
  • Church of the Gesu in University Heights began taping the Sunday Mass last weekend. It can be watched on the parish YouTube site.
  • University of Notre Dame Mass is on Sunday at 10 AM on Catholic TV.
  • Various Catholic Masses can be found on the BoxCast App for Apple TV and Roku.

PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY DURING HOLY WEEK

We have enjoyed the dozens of parishioners who have either emailed, posted something online, or called and left a voice mail, each sharing some of their wonderful and creative ways to sustain our faith during these challenging times. Some families have sent in pictures of Sunday mornings with the readings or their “family altars.”   Others, like some of our musicians, have gotten together to sing on Sunday mornings. Others have shared their experiences of stopping at our parish grounds to pray the Stations of the Cross or to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament located in the second floor window of the rectory building overlooking Bridge Avenue and greeting those who walk or drive by.

I invite you to check out the special Holy Week events at Saint Patrick and Saint Malachi Parishes on our website.  While social isolation and stay-at-home directives remain in place, some of these items are simple ways to keep us united in mind and heart.  And, on a very special note, please pray for good weather on Easter Sunday morning as I plan to go down every street within our parish territories between 9:30am and 12Noon.  If you’re sitting on your porch or have a window open, you’ll hear me coming. But I need sunshine – so please pray for this favor! May we enter into these holy days with hearts and minds united in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!