Update from Father Eric:

Good news! After approximately one week since first potential exposure to COVID-19, I am still showing no symptoms. However, for various reasons, my quarantine did not begin until a few days after first potential exposure. Asymptomatic persons can still be carriers and possibly spread the virus. Therefore, adhering to CDC guidelines and following the advice of a consulted Catholic physician, I will take the full two week period for quarantine. I would expect any parish employee or parishioner in similar circumstances to do the same for the safety of others and for the sake of the common good. My plan is to return in-person to celebrate Masses at Holy Trinity (9:00am) and Nativity (11:00am) on Sunday, August 23.

While quarantined, cutting my vacation short, I will be conducting Zoom meetings with various groups as well as catching up on the 100+ emails accumulated while away. A number of those were offers of prayers for my health, for which I am very grateful. Several were concerns about the changes to the Mass schedule. I am grateful for these also because it means that the communication in the bulletin and the website has gotten through. 

Change is rarely if ever easy. It is often disruptive and inconvenient. The pandemic does not make it easier. So much of what we may have taken for granted in our freedom to move about and live our lives has been challenged. I am experiencing this personally as I am under quarantine and unable to be with you all, to celebrate Mass together, to be present in the joys and sorrows of parish family life. 

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati continues to experience the sorrows of fewer priests in active ministry. A record number of retirements are planned over the next few years, even after the Archbishop raised the retirement age. Though there are retired priests who generously give of their time to celebrate Mass and provide the sacraments, the fact remains they will not be able to offer this assistance indefinitely. Even if a cohort of priests could be cultivated to help, it is also important for a pastor to be present as the spiritual father of the parish family. There are always limits on time and energy, but I purposely scheduled two hours between Sunday Masses so that I would be able to greet people without immediately running out the door.

The good news remains that Jesus Christ is alive! The Church is indefectible in its teaching on matters of faith and morals. She is indelibly marked by the sacred mysteries entrusted to her care. But the Church does develop over time, in two important ways. First, by discovering more fully the truth imparted to her in the deposit of faith given to the Apostles; and second, in seeking to communicate fruitfully the Gospel in every time and place. 

This is no easy task but it is the one into which the Lord Jesus always invites his disciples. At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, before his Ascension into Heaven, the Lord commissions his friends: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” 

The Catholic Church, in the lived experience of her parishes, including Holy Trinity and Nativity, is still called to develop and respond to the call of Jesus to proclaim the gospel. For this reason, we are aligning all of their energy and resources, all of the time, talent, and treasure available to them, to go and make disciples. Jesus is with us on this mission. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen!

 

As we resume public worship at Holy Trinity on May 25, a few important items to note.

Archbishop Schnurr has extended the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass until further notice. This means that although we will have public Mass again, there is no obligation to come. Those who are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness should not attend. If illness is very serious please contact the parish office to arrange for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

Furthermore, since the Sunday obligation is suspended, and social distancing requirements reduce the seating capacity of the church, those that can attend Mass during the week are strongly encouraged to do so. Please consider deferring Sundays for those that are otherwise unable to attend weekday Mass due to work, transportation needs, etc.

All Masses, including daily Mass, will be in the church. Seating at Mass will only be every third pew. These pews will be marked with tape. These pews will be wiped down with water and wood soap after each Mass. Only the front doors and the parking lot side doors will be unlocked for entry to reduce the burden of sanitizing those entryways.

There will be no public Masses celebrated in the day chapel.  The day chapel is set for social distancing confessions, which will be by appointment only.  Penitents should enter and exit the day chapel for confession only through the door to the parking lot. Please do not walk through the sacristy. 

Other liturgies, including weddings and confirmations, will be rescheduled at a later date. Hopefully in a month or so the restrictions on distancing will be reduced and more people will be able to participate and celebrate together these milestone moments in the life of faith. In the meantime, we will begin the process of scheduling memorial Masses for those who have died during the shelter at home period. Families are encouraged to contact the parish office to discuss details. These and upcoming funeral Masses will observe the social distancing and sanitation guidelines until further notice.

Due to the concerted effort of many generous parishioners, we have done much better financially than many other parishes. Anyone may continue to send in contributions by mail and, of course, consider signing up for electronic giving if you haven’t already done so. There will be no baskets passed for the collection, however a secure drop box will be available in the church for donations. 

As your pastor I cannot adequately express how grateful I am for your patience and perseverance during this time. Let us continue to pray for relief and recovery for all those affecting and for a final end to the pandemic. Mary, Help of Christians and Mother of the Church, pray for us!

Father Eric Roush

Pastor

Following the Ohio governor’s statement, increased concern over the coronavirus worldwide, including confirmed cases in Ohio, Archbishop Schnurr has issued strict guidelines.  

Here at Holy Trinity we are instructed as follows:

1.    Practice good hygiene.  

2.    Do not hold hands during the Our Father.

3.    The Sign of Peace will be omitted.

4.    The chalice will not be distributed.

5.    Communion will not be distributed on the tongue.

6.    All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are  dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass until Pentecost further notice.

7.    As is always the case, if you are sick or experiencing serious symptoms of sickness then you are not obliged to attend Mass.  It is an act of charity, in fact, to stay home and not spread the sickness.

All scheduled Masses have resumed.

06/01/2020

Tras la declaración del gobernador de Ohio, la creciente preocupación por el coronavirus en todo el mundo, incluidos los casos confirmados en Ohio, el Arzobispo Schnurr ha emitido guias estrictas.

Aquí en Holy Trinity hasta finales de Marzo se nos instruye de la siguiente manera:

1.    Practique buena higiene.  

2.    No se tomen de la mano durante el Padre Nuestro.

3.    El signo de paz será omitido.

4.    El cáliz no se distribuirá.

5.    La Comunión no se distribuirá en la lengua.

6. Todos los Católicos en la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati están exentos de su obligación de asistir a la Misa Dominical hasta el Domingo de Ramos, el 5 de Abril.

Como siempre es el caso, si está enfermo o experimenta síntomas graves de enfermedad, entonces no está obligado a asistir a Misa. De hecho, es un acto de caridad quedarse en casa y no propagar la enfermedad.

3/13/2020