COVID-19

 

Parish Updates (updated 4/3/2020)

  • The Parish Office remains open with new hours: 8:00am-1:00pm.
  • All publicly celebrated Masses and liturgies have been cancelled through May 3.
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be in the church from 12:00-4:00pm Monday-Friday. Please keep a proper distance from each other.
  • Confessions will be as follows: Mondays from 7:30-8:00pm and Saturdays from 3:00-4:00pm.
  • School is closed (please see school newsletters for more information).
  • Sports are cancelled while school is not in session.
  • RCIA Candidates will receive sacraments on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:00am Mass (unless rescheduled due to COVID-19),
  • If school is not back in session in May, 8th Grade Graduation will be postponed until Thursday, July 31, 2020 at 7:30pm.
  • Confirmation Mass has been postponed to Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 1:30pm.
  • First Communion Mass has been postponed to Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 1:30pm.
  • Frozen Musical has been postponed. We will send out a new date once it is confirmed.

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