It’s been a long time since we have been together and this will be different, but it’s good to be back. It’s good to see your eyes and it’s good to see your masks because it means you are taking care of yourselves and the people around you. Wearing a mask is a sacrifice for the protection of others. Not being able to sing together is as sacrifice, at least for some of us, being able to pray together again is a great gift. The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in effect for anyone who is at high risk or feels at all sick, even if it’s just a cold.
There are restrictions still. We will sit in every third pew. We need to keep proper social distance of six feet between families and household. We won’t shake hands or hug each other as a sign of peace. We will go to communion in a single line, six feet apart, almost like a wedding procession. We will do these things not just because we have been told to, but because we know that it is possible to spread the virus without knowing that you have it. We won’t risk each other’s health.
Tentatively, we will celebrate Mass at 8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well as 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday to allow the church to be cleaned and sanitized between services. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment. Please call the church office at 216-481-8200 to make arrangements.
Like many other events, our annual Parish Picnic is canceled. We hope to be able to hold the Clambake in the fall.
Your prayers, contributions, calls and devotion through this stressful time are deeply appreciated.
Parish Secretary/business manager at St. Jerome Church