THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

                                   The Raising of Lazarus                                A

29 March 2020

Death of Archbishop Pilarczyk 3-22-20        Coronavirus Week II

CELEBRANT: Let us pray to the God who promises us resurrection and life.

        LECTOR—the response is: LORD, SAVE YOUR PEOPLE !

1. For the Church: give us the grace to trust in God’s protection as we face this

time of tension, fear and confusion from the coronavirus………….For this we pray:

2. For the safety of all medical workers and family members who are risking their

lives to save others and bring an end to this health crisis………….For this we pray:

3. For all who are coping with shattered relationships:–make us sensitive to their

pressing need for tender care and faithful support…………….………For this we pray:

4. For those entombed by poverty, illness, substance abuse or fear:–fulfill their

hope for a new and productive future………………………………………………For this we pray:

5. For the Church of Cincinnati:–hear our prayers of appreciation, affection and

respect for the life and leadership of Archbishop Pilarczyk……..For this we pray:

6. For all Christians:–strip away our arrogance and pride this Lent, and lead us

forward to share the fruits of Christ’s passion…………………………….For this we pray:

7. For Archbishop Pilarczyk:—summon this good and faithful servant from the

darkness of death to the light of everlasting life…………………………For this we pray:

PRAYER: O God of eternal life, receive our prayers.

In the tears of Jesus for Lazarus, his friend,

we see your tenderness and compassion.

In your graciousness, summon your Church

from death to life in the kingdom of Christ,

the Risen One.

He is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen

 

A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

Remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

Remember those who have no home.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 3.24.2020

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS FOR THE BETHANY HOUSE CHARITY AT THE RECTORY UNLESS THERE IS SOMEONE THERE TO ACCEPT THEM.  DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS AT THE SCHOOL OR OUTSIDE, HOLD ONTO THEM UNTIL A LATER DATE FOR DROP OFF IS DETERMINED.   THIS IS DIFFERENT INFORMATION THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED AND WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.  HOWEVER, OUR OFFICE HOURS ARE MUCH REDUCED AND LIKELY TO CHANGE ON A DAILY BASIS.   THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

UPDATES AS OF  MONDAY, 3.23.2020:

BASED UPON THE DIRECTIVE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OHIO ON MARCH 22, 2020 THE RECTORY OFFICES WILL MAINTAIN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED OFFICE HOURS.  SHOULD YOU NEED TO VISIT THE RECTORY FOR ANY REASON PLEASE CALL  AHEAD  FIRST 661 – 0651 TO MAKE SURE SOMEONE IS AVAILABLE.

PLEASE VISIT THE ARCHDIOCESE WEBSITE AT CATHOLICCINCINNATI.ORG AND CHOOSE THE COVID19-RESPONSE LINK FOR INFORMATION ON TELEVISED AND STREAMING MASSES AND RESOURCES FOR PARISHIONERS WORSHIPING AT HOME.

 

 

UPDATED 3.20.20 WITH SIGNIFICANT CHANGES, PLEASE READ

A LETTER FROM FATHER DATTILO:

 

Saint Catharine of Siena Church

March 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

The coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our daily lives.   We accept these challenges at St. Catharine of Siena Parish while doing our best to meet the spiritual needs of all parishioners.  Please read the list of changes to parish life we must embrace at this time.

  • St. Catharine School, including latchkey, will be closed until Monday, April 6. Mr. Metz and Mrs. Crowell will be in the office on weekdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Be attentive to the assignments our teachers are posting electronically, so that your child does not fall behind in classwork.  You will be informed of any further cancellation as soon as the decision is made.
  • Archbishop Schnurr has canceled all weekday and weekend Masses/liturgies through Holy Week and Easter Sunday (April 12). While public services are not permitted, we are all strongly encouraged to pray for God’s assistance during these difficult days.  And while I would love to keep the church open for a short period each day for private prayer, after consultation with other pastors and with the parish staff, I do not think it would be a prudent thing to do.  Casual meetings with friends at church would be a great temptation to socialize.  Health care officials keep reminding us that the best way to fight the virus is by social distancing.   So, please pray with your family at home every day.
  • The church rectory offices will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 2:00 pm
  • Church bulletins are available online at our website: stcathos.org
  • We hope to continue paying all our employees during this difficult time. Your support through the Sunday collection envelope system is more important than ever.   Stewardship donations can be sent by various means, including regular US mail or by placing your stewardship envelope in one of the rectory mail boxes.  You may also contribute via the website.  Look for the donate button under the events section on the homepage.
  • Our St. Vincent DePaul Society is discontinuing personal visits with clients; instead, outreach to the needy will be arranged by phone contact.
  • We are continuing our Lenten collection for Bethany House. You may drop off items for this charity at the rectory or hold them until a future date to be determined.
  • All events / meetings which are scheduled to occur over the next several weeks have generally been cancelled. If unsure, please contact the rectory office at (513) 661-0651.

Of course, I encourage you to safeguard your health and your family’s by careful hand-washing, social distancing and scrupulous attention to every piece of advice from professional health care officials.  Above all, I encourage you to pray at home every day for victims, their family members, doctors, nurses, hospital staff members and all who are managing this crisis.

Last week, when Pope Francis went on a short pilgrimage to several churches in Rome, he prayed the Lord “to stop the epidemic.”  He also reminded us that while it rages we have the opportunity to offer “small, simple gestures expressing our closeness to the people closest to us.”  Let’s follow his example as we work and pray fervently during this difficult time for the healing and wholeness of our nation and the entire world.

In Christ,

Fr. Tony

Rev. Anthony M. Dattilo

 

WORSHIP AND SACRAMENTS IN THE TIME OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN

  1. Effective immediately, the bishops of Ohio have suspended, temporarily, all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through Holy Week and Easter (April 12). Priests may celebrate in a private place/chapel without members of the faithful.  Mass “For the Sick” is recommended.
  2. Baptisms are possible based on urgency; Weddings and Funerals may also take place.  Attendance should be limited to fewer than 50 people.  Couples should reschedule weddings if possible.  Contact the rectory for additional information.
  3. Priests will be available for Anointing of the Sick and for Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound. All recommended protective measures will be followed.  Priests will also be willing to hear Confessions.  Call the rectory to schedule an appointment.

 

PUBLIC MASSES AND LITURGIES HAVE BEEN CANCELED, BUT…

If you are present in Church, e.g. for a small group Funeral Mass, Remember…

  1. The gifts of bread and wine must come from the servers’ table near the altar and NOT from an open public place.
  2. Maintain a respectful “social distance” of six feet from other people
  3. There should be no physical contact during the Sign of Peace. Recognize others with a smile, a nod of the head, a wave of the hand…
  4. Reception of Communion must take place in the hand, NOT ON THE TONGUE.
  5. Reception of Communion from the Chalice is suspended indefinitely.
  6. Holy Water fonts will be intentionally be left dry.
  7. Anyone who feels sick or has symptoms of any kind should NOT be present.
  8. Non-sacramental parish events need to be canceled.