We are Victory

COVID-19

 

Parish Updates (updated 10/5/2020)

  • All publicly celebrated Masses and liturgies have resumed. Please see below for more details.
  • The Parish Office is open: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is in the church on Tuesdays from 9:00am-4:00pm.
  • Confession times are as follows: Mondays from 7:30-8:00pm and Saturdays from 3:30-4:00pm.

 

Instructions for Returning to Mass (5/20/2020)

Dear Our Lady of Victory Parishioners,

Public Celebration of Mass will begin on Monday, May 25, 2020. The Mass and Confession schedule will be as normal:

Weekday Masses                             8:30am in the church

Sunday Masses                               Saturday at 4:30pm in the church, Sunday at 8:45am and 11:00am in the church

Confessions                                     Monday 7:30pm-8pm and Saturday 3pm-4pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in church Monday-Saturday Noon-4pm. There will be no all-day adoration on Mondays (for now).

Please note that Archbishop Schnurr has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. However, the faithful who are able to do so and are not vulnerable to the virus are encouraged to attend Mass sometime during the week. Those who are at risk or fearful that they or their family might become sick are encouraged to join one of the many Masses offered through the internet or TV.  

Appropriate social distancing and the regulations put forth by public health authorities must be observed. Here are the guidelines at Our Lady of Victory:

  • Entry doors will be open for you to have a touch-free entry into church and the Nave.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter. Please use it. If you are concerned about touch at Holy Communion time, please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • The use of masks is encouraged. We are not providing masks, so please bring your own.
  • Seating will be by every other pew. Families and couples who live together may sit together.  All others must be spaced at least 6 feet apart (front, back, and side).  
  • No physical contact at the Our Father or Sign of Peace.
  • No Holy Communion from the chalice by the faithful. 
  • For the reception of Holy Communion at Sunday Mass: because there will be an empty row between people seated in Church the priest, deacon or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion will bring Holy Communion to you in your place – please stand or kneel to receive at your pew. Do not come forward.
  • Communion at weekday Mass will be received as normal (procession to the altar steps), but please keep a distance from the person in front of you.
  • Eucharistic ministers will do their best to drop the host into your hand without touching. Please be attentive so this can happen easily. Eucharistic ministers will be wearing masks and will sanitize their hands prior to distribution of communion. The Priest will not be wearing a mask.
  • You will notice that we will not be using choirs. We may use a musician or cantor at Mass, but not groups that sing together.
  • The bulletin will act as a Mass program. These programs will be handed out individually by an usher who is wearing a mask and has sanitized his/her hands.  Following Mass, please take the bulletin/programs you used home with you.
  • In order to have only one person using the ambo microphone, one reader will lector the first and second readings and the petitions for Sunday Mass. If there is a Deacon, he will proclaim the Gospel and read the petitions. 
  • There will be no servers for Mass.
  • Our cry room will not be available during any Masses.
  • There will be no passed collection baskets during Mass.  As you enter or exit Mass, there will be a collection basket.  We appreciate your gifts so much during this difficult time!
  • The church will be sanitized every day so that it is clean and ready for the next Mass. 

During the first two weeks of public Masses, we will be counting attendees and making any adjustments that are needed. So, we may have further changes and share additional communications on this.  

Remember, the responsibility to keep others healthy is one that we all share. If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please do not join us for Mass. Please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. This is for the protection of those around you.  Most importantly, always be kind and patient. We are in a confusing and sometimes overwhelming situation. Your parish is doing its absolute best to help you, protect you and share our love for Christ with you. Please show your love of Christ by being Christ to others!  

 

 

Archdiocese Communications and Information

May 8, 2020   

Archbishop Schnurr's Letter to the Faithful - May 8, 2020


April 2, 2020                                                                                                                              

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today (April 2, 2020) Governor Mike DeWine extended the executive “Stay at Home Order” to continue to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the State of Ohio. Out of deep concern for the common good, as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor’s direction.

To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through and including Sunday May 3rd. The Bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this time period.

This decision has not been taken lightly and, as your bishops, together with you, we recognize the sacrifice we are called to make by being physically distanced from the Holy Eucharist and from one another.

Trusting in the graces flowing from the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord, we remain mindful of the hope that does not disappoint. As your bishops, we continue to encourage you to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in Sunday Mass by way of televised, live-streamed, or radio broadcast options and making a spiritual communion. Keeping in mind the gift of plenary indulgences offered to us by the Church, we encourage all the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer, praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours and Stations of the Cross, etc.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from the Coronavirus, for all health care workers and first responders, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this pandemic. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we trust in the glorious hope of His resurrection.

You are in my prayers daily. Please pray for me.

Your father in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Hi everyone, Fr. Ben here.

I have two pieces of important information for you.

Eucharistic Adoration: According to the Governor’s latest health mandate, Churches can remain open and people can still go there to pray as long as they maintain social distancing and good hygiene practices. So, I will have Eucharistic Adoration in Church every day from 12 noon - 4pm (including Saturday and Sunday) until we can once again have the public celebration of the Holy Mass. You are welcome to visit and pray, but please follow posted instructions and the State and Federal rules and stay home if that is necessary or if you are sick. The chapel will remain open every day from 8am – 9pm. The entrance to Church nearest the school will be open and interior doors opened so you don’t have to touch handles. Please use the hand sanitizer as you enter Church.

Mass for the Annunciation of the Lord: We are going to try to live stream Mass on Wednesday, March 25th at 11am from Church here at OLV for the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Not sure how that will work, but please check Facebook on Wednesday at 11am.

Miss you all – let’s keep praying for each other.

Love,

Fr. Ben


Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

After careful consideration, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to temporarily suspend all publicly celebrated Masses and liturgies (including daily and Sunday Masses), at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.

Fr. Ben will still be celebrating Masses privately for the Mass intentions and for the Parish every day.

Everyone in Ohio is dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass through Easter Sunday. This means that you will not have mortal sin on your soul for not attending Mass.

We encourage you to watch the Mass on TV or online.

  • The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will broadcast a private (close-door) Mass each day from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Daily Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. These Masses will be live-streamed online (catholiccincinnati.org) as well as on their page (https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCincinnati/) .
  • EWTN will broadcast daily Mass. Please see their website https://www.ewtn.com/ for details or to watch online.

You can make an act of Spiritual Communion.

During this time:

  • Confessions will be heard Monday evenings from 7:30-8:00pm and Saturdays from 3:00-4:00pm.
  • There will be NO Monday Adoration.
  • There will be NO Stations of the Cross on Fridays.
  • 40 Hours Adoration on March 27-29 is cancelled.
  • Baptisms will take place, but are limited to 50 people.
  • Funerals will take place, but limited to immediate family and not more than 50 people.

The chapel will still be open for private prayer and adoration without exposition, with groups not to exceed 10 people inside the chapel.

Our Parish Office hours are now Monday-Friday 8am-1pm.

Above all, please pray for those who are ill and for the safety and well-being of our community. May we continue to trust in the Lord and ask for His guidance and peace. 

Blessings to all,

Fr. Ben and OLV Parish Staff

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear friends, 

Archbishop Schnurr and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have issued updated statements regarding parish protocol in response to the recent developments with the COVID-19 virus. Please read the included letter from the Archbishop here: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/about-us-2/archbishop/

Additional guidelines regarding best practices for ministers and those who assist with Mass are included below. 

COVID-19 Response from Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

The health and well-being of everyone is the highest priority for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We are following the directives of local, state and federal health authorities in establishing health and safety precautions throughout the archdiocese.

  • Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation through the weekend of March 28-29.
  • Masses may be celebrated as currently scheduled with the following restrictions:
  1. No holding hands during the Our Father
  2. Suspension of exchange of a sign of peace
  3. No reception of Holy Communion from the chalice
  4. No reception of Holy Communion on the tongue
  • Holy water fonts in the church should be drained.
  • Unconsecrated bread and wine for Mass should be kept out of public areas.

Our current general precautions should continue to be followed, specifically:

  • Those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or are at risk should be strongly encouraged to not attend Mass and, out of charity to their brothers and sisters in Christ, remain at home.
  • Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should practice good hygiene, washing their hands thoroughly before Mass begins and, if possible, using an alcohol-based anti-bacterial solution discreetly before and after distributing Holy Communion.

Catholics who are not able to attend Sunday Mass can watch online if interested. Masses from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains will be live-streamed at catholiccincinnati.org on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 11:00a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

A list of frequently asked questions about Worship in a Time of Public Health Concern can be found here: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/worship-in-a-time-of-public-health-concern-coronavirus/

Press Release, COVID-19 School Closures found here: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-School-Closures.pdf.

As of now, the evening Lenten Masses will continue, as will Stations of the Cross and 40 Hours.

We ask that for the sake of the community if you are showing signs of illness, you are strongly encouraged to stay at home. If you do not feel comfortable attending Mass, the Archbishop has dispensed you of your obligation until March 29th.

Above all, please pray for those who are ill and for the safety and well-being of our community. May we continue to trust in the Lord and ask for His guidance and peace. 

Blessings to all,

Our Lady of Victory Parish Staff

 

 From the Ohio Bishops