FALL SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENT, AUGUST 3
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM FR BOB, JULY 31
Our lives here at the parish got flipped upside down a little this week. While resurfacing the parkling lot the contractor discovered two large sink holes. These had to be repaired before work could continue. Then the rain yesterday delayed work even further. Then, today, an office staff member tested positive for COVID 19.
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
2019-20 SPIRITUAL & FISCAL ANNUAL REPORT VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE!
THE ROOTS 8th GRADE LEADERSHIP TEAM
ST BRENDAN RECOGNIZED FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
NEW MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY!
JULY 10 – FACE MASKS NOW MANDATORY WHEN ATTENDING CHURCH
~ Fr Bob
COMMUNION VISITS AT HOME
To sign up for these visits, please visit the pastoral care page on the website: https://www.stbrendans.net/care-and-consolation and fill out the communion at home form or contact Jennifer at the parish office 614.876.1272 ext 227. Visits will occur at least monthly depending on the number of EMHC’s available.
Speaking of needing EMHC’s …if you are a registered EMHC or if you would like to be trained to visit those at home for this ministry, we need you to serve with us once a month or more if you are able. Contact Jennifer for all of the details.
REGISTRATION FOR OUR NEW ONE FAITH FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM IS OPEN!
USHERS & LAY MINISTERS RESUMING
Now that we have settled into a routine for Sunday Mass, and numbers are steadily increasing, we are excited to start reintroducing some of our Sunday lay ministries.
We are also adding a second Mass at 10:45AM in the MPR so that we can increase capacity. Entry to the MPR mass will be through the two doors at the back of the school that open into the MPR itself so you may want to park at the far end of the parking lot.
You will be able to take your own seats from the rack (there will be help for those who need it) and choose where to sit in the room. This will give you more flexibility as a family as to how you socially distance and makes it easier for us to sanitize afterwards. We know that families with children will need time to adjust to coming back so this will be a said mass.
At this time we want to introduce USHERS and LECTORS to our masses. You can be an established minister who is regularly scheduled OR someone who wants to volunteer for the next few weeks. A list of pandemic required procedures for these ministries is attached and the sign up sheet for the next two weeks is below.
We value all of our Lectors and Ushers but for the time being you must have graduated high school and be aged 60 or under to be able to sign up.
We look forward to welcoming all ages soon and to being able to welcome our servers and EMHC to minister again as well.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – JUNE 5, 2020
Dear St Brendan parish family,
Though I had announced my July 13th departure in a short video, I wanted to express my farewell to you in writing. It has been a joyful two years for me and I have much gratitude and affection for you. You have given me so much love that you have made priestly ministry deeply fulfilling for me. For that, I am truly grateful!
Even though I wasn’t here at St Brendan to be a “pastor-in-training,” the smaller number of priests means a smaller pool of priests to be pastors. So, when the need arises, the parochial vicars may have to move on quickly to be pastors or at least to fill a need elsewhere. Fr Bob has recognized this need and has done a wonderful job of training his parochial vicars to take on greater responsibility elsewhere. As I move on, I am joyful to be able to minister to two parishes as their pastor, but I have a tinge of sadness that I cannot remain to enjoy the future with you, or to enjoy the new building space, the new adoration chapel, and what was supposed to be my new office!!! But at least I get to enjoy a new (old) house to live in, two new churches (150 yrs old), and a new (to me) university (Ohio Northern)! 🙂
I hope you will all continue to strive to be saints. No matter what is happening in the world, no matter if it seems that you are the only one trying to be a saint, do not be discouraged or afraid. Keep going. Fall in love with Jesus and the Saints, ask for the Holy Spirit to help you. St Teresa of Avila said, “Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God: God alone is sufficient.”
My two parishes are Our Lady of Lourdes in Ada, Ohio and Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio. You are always welcome to stop by!
222 E. Highland Ave.
Ada, Ohio 45810
May God bless you and your family!
2020 PARISH FESTIVAL IS CANCELLED
PUBLIC MASS RETURNS!
NEW MASS SCHEDULES & CHURCH HOURS
MONDAY: 5:30 PM
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 8 AM
WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM (followed by Adoration & confessions)
SATURDAY: 8 AM (Livestreamed only. No public Mass)
- SATURDAY: 5:30 PM
- SUNDAY: 7:15 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 5:30 PM
Note: Sunday 12:15 pm Mass is discontinued & 10:30 am Mass is now at 10:45 am. Saturday 8 am Mass is now currently live-streamed only.
LIVE-STREAM ONLINE MASS
- MONDAY, WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM
- TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 8 AM
- SATURDAY: 8 AM – Livestreamed only. No public Mass.
- SUNDAY: 10:45 AM
Watch our Masses live and access our other videos through YouTube (click here) or Facebook (click here). You do not need to have an account on either YouTube or Facebook to access our pages. However, we will be posting spiritual or uplifting messages regularly, so for quick access, save the link as a favorite. We invite you to “Subscribe” to our YouTube page and “Like” and “Follow” our Facebook page to see our posts in your news feed. Some videos are featured on our Online Mass & Videos page (click here) or find all of our videos on our YouTube page.
- WEDNESDAY: 6 – 7 PM (during Adoration OR by appointment)
NEW CHURCH HOURS
Open for prayer during these times:
- MONDAY: 12 – 6 PM
- TUESDAY: 8 AM – 3 PM
- WEDNESDAY: 2 – 7 PM
- THURSDAY: 8 AM – 3 PM
- FRIDAY: 8 AM – 3 PM
- SATURDAY: CLOSED for Sunday preparation
REOPENING PROCEEDURES AT SAINT BRENDAN
- Numbers in church will be limited. We can only take about ½ of our capacity.
- Everyone must follow strict social distancing rules. Only sit in the pews labeled BLUE. Maintain 6 feet between yourself and the next family/individual.
- Once we reach capacity no one else will be able to enter.
WHEN IN CHURCH:
- People will not be able to chat in the gathering space before or after Mass.
- Please wear a mask while in the church.
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use in church before and after you touch anything. (we have some but our supply is limited.)
- The doors will be unlocked 10 minutes before Mass begins for people to come in.
- You must sit in the designated seats. Families and couples traveling to church together can sit together but there must be a 6 feet distance between them and others.
- You must have a seat in the church, you cannot stay in the gathering space.
- The number of people in the restrooms at any one time will be limited to two.
- Parents MUST accompany children under 7 to the bathroom and bring them back (this is to ensure they have washed their hands properly, do not dawdle in washroom or gathering space and return to the pew immediately with you. Remember, this is for their safety too!)
- The cry room is closed until life returns to normal. Its enclosed environment makes it suitable for confessions but not for multiple families.
DURING THE LITURGY:
- The schedule for servers, EMHC and ushers is suspended for the time being. We look forward to restrictions being lifted and you being able to minister again. Lectors will be scheduled.
- There will be no presentation of the gifts and the offertory will be placed in baskets as people leave.
- The Sign of Peace will not be restored until the pandemic has passed.
- The chalice will not be shared until the Bishop gives permission for it to be restored.
- The Communion lines will be altered to single file and the floor marked with GREEN X to encourage social distancing.
- Each section of pews will come forward as instructed to receive Holy Communion.
- Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is strongly encouraged for the time being. Every time someone receives on the tongue the minister will stop and disinfect their hands.
- Music and preaching will be limited to allow Mass to finish in 50 minutes so that cleaning begins on time for the next mass.
- Pews will be dismissed in rows at the end of mass.
MUSIC & LIVE STREAMING:
- There will be no Missalettes or other literature in church because of the risk from the virus being passed through them. Singing will be limited.
- There will be no choir.
- In the next month permanent screens are being fitted to the ceiling, and the music etc. will be projected onto them. There will be new projectors to ensure good visibility on the screens.
- In the next month live streaming equipment will be installed in the church to replace our current temporary method. This will support older parishioners who may be asked to shelter in place again at a later date, our homebound, and those in our care facilities.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN COMING BACK TO MASS…
Please remember that if you are not well, are caring for someone who is sick, have underlying health conditions or are concerned about attending Mass you should stay at home.
We will continue to live stream Mass every day and you can make a spiritual communion. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation has been extended.
Please note that live-streaming will still happen at all masses for those uncertain or unable to come out. This will now be a regular feature of our worship together. At first the equipment will be right up at the altar until the permanent equipment is installed.
Continue to only use designated BLUE pews.
To maintain social distancing no daily mass sacristans or servers will be needed for the time being. The priest will handle everything himself or with the help of the deacon. Please follow instructions for coming forward for Holy Communion. We strongly encourage you to receive the Blessed Sacrament in the hand for the time being even if receiving on the tongue even is your normal practice. If someone receives on the tongue the priest or deacon will stop each time to sanitize his hands to reduce any risk of virus
Please follow all instructions when entering, praying and leaving for your own safety and those who come to pray after you. Please carry hand sanitizer with you. The parish has some but our supply is limited. Please wear a face mask. We ask you to use only certain pews as this helps us to know which pews need to be sanitized regularly during the day.
- Pews marked with a BLUE square can be used to pray
- Pews marked with a RED square cannot be used – these are being used to maintain safe distancing between rows.
No candles are available at the shrines because of the risk of multiple handling For the same reason there will be no flowers at the shrines. People are responsible for maintaining 6ft social distancing when in the church. No stopping in church or the gathering space to chat. Please arrive, pray and then leave. Anything left behind will be disposed of. These restrictions are necessary because we must be able to disinfect the entire church every day. They are designed for your safety. Our great hope is that this will not be needed for too much longer.
NEW! PRAYER WALL
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
GROW YOUR FAITH FROM HOME!
Please be aware of communications via email or text or possibly even phone calls concerning alternate routing of your offertory. Some phony communications have been received by parishioners who thought that the situation was odd. They had the sense to contact their parish office and, in doing so, discovered that this was indeed a scam. Please do not become a victim to any type of financial scam. If you receive a communication about any financial aspect in relationship to your parish, school, or social outreach, please contact your parish office by phone to authenticate that communication.
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