- Good news on the construction front – the temporary wall in the gathering space came down this week so there is a big difference and everything feels much more connected as a result. The chapel area and part of the new gathering space is still a construction site so please understand that you cannot go into those areas.
- The parish offices will be moving soon. We are waiting on a new phone system to be installed and furniture to arrive.
- Thanks to everyone who made the start of the new school year go so well. It is good to have the children here again even with all of the changes.
- Middle School and High School Youth ministry is also starting up as we can be outside at this time of year.
ALTER SERVERS, MC’S & EMHC’S NEEDED
AUGUST 29, 2020 – NOTICES FOR THIS WEEK:
- St Brendan school resumes – drop off in the morning, and pick up in the afternoon take some time to settle in so please be patient. Our weekday mass now starts at 8:00AM so the congregation should be able to avoid the traffic.
- The Bishop has given Father Brown and myself delegation to confirm the students who missed celebrating the Sacrament when the pandemic broke out. This is a great joy for all of us but we will need 5 different masses! These will be open only to the Confirmandi and their guests. We plan to livestream the mass so that everyone can join in prayer for the candidates at this special moment of grace.
- With the start of school we have taken the difficult decision to CLOSE the playground to everyone for the rest of the year. The safety committee working with Mr. Gruber to open school safely recommended not using it during the school day, because of the difficulty of sanitizing the playground area, and we have extended that to everyone. We look forward to a time SOON when it can be reopened again.
This week, we celebrated the installation and dedication of our new St Brendan statue (despite our tender care, years of children playing in the curragh had taken their toll on our former statue). Manufactured in Italy, the new statue is made of poured bronze and is over 7 foot tall. Like many of us, 2020 has had an effect on St Brendan. We now feature the image of an older man rooted in place, with the wisdom of many years. The new statue reflects the experience of his voyages (the boat) and his passion for the gospel (the uplifted cross). It also reflects the fact that he undertook his voyages as an older man who was abbot of his community of Benedictine monks (the ring on his finger and his Benedictine robes).
We are moving #ONEstepcloser to completing our work and fundraising for the new construction, so please consider pledging if you haven’t done so already. Saint Brendan the Navigator pray for us!
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BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
2019-20 SPIRITUAL & FISCAL ANNUAL REPORT VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE!
ST BRENDAN RECOGNIZED FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
NEW MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY!
JULY 10 – FACE MASKS NOW MANDATORY WHEN ATTENDING CHURCH
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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Screens are 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.
- Live streaming equipment is 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.
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.