SCAM ALERT! “Please be aware of communications via email or text or possibly even phone
calls concerning alternate routing of your offertory if you are not able to make it to Mass at
your parish. Already, 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 their hunch was correct - - 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.” Diocese of
We (Our Lady of Lourdes) have sent out no communications regarding offertory. You are invited to
mail your offerings or "catch up" when we are back to a regular Mass schedule.
OLL/ICC Parish Care Volunteers - Home and Nursing Home VisitsUPDATE B - 3/16/20
Bishop Brennan, in his accompanying note to Priests this afternoon, does not specifically
mention homebound visits, only that “in-person activities in parishes” are to be cancelled or
postponed. Obviously, Nursing Homes are all completely closed to visitors. But even for
visiting those in private homes, I would say that the presumption should be to avoid doing
them for the time being (out of an abundance of caution) unless there is an urgent desire or
request from a private-residence homebound for someone to come, in which case:
- If you get such a request, please: Remind them of the Coronavirus concerns to make sure they
are making an informed decision. If they still insist, DO NOT VISIT YOURSELF, BUT LET
ME KNOW DIRECTLY, AND I WILL ASSESS THE SITUATION
Let me know of any questions.
Thanks for your help!
OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH ~ IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
*** URGENT NOTICE***
Dear parishioners: Mon 16 Mar 2020
Greetings in the Lord Jesus!
As pastor, I want to keep you up-to-date on current important developments with how our parish
life is being affected by the Coronavirus concern.
At about 4:15 today (Monday), the priests of the Diocese received word from the Ohio Bishops,
including Bishop Brennan, of the following decision, as a result of their meeting earlier today
with our Governor:
ALL PUBLIC MASSES ARE CANCELLED IMMEDIATELY
UNTIL AND THROUGH EASTER SUNDAY
FROM BISHOP BRENNAN’S NOTE TO PRIESTS:
“I can’t begin to tell you how saddened I am by this. It goes against every ounce of my being.
The facts in the end were simply overwhelming. I am very sorry. Please understand that while I
know there are dozens of questions, I am not prepared to address these at the moment. I will be
communicating with you frequently. Of course we will offer funerals and even weddings but will
ask that families restrict events to the family itself. Also, please see in this a very serious
concern. Obviously, this must mean that all in-person activities in parishes must be cancelled or
postponed. These actions really emphasize the message of the Governor for us to stay put and to
encourage our faithful so to do.”
There is a possibility that this could be extended even beyond Easter, pending further assessment
by the Ohio Bishops.
Please read the attached Memo (below) from the Ohio Bishops; it gives good spiritual
encouragement and suggestions for how to offer holy worship to God on the upcoming Sundays,
even if we cannot, unfortunately, physically assemble as a body of disciples in so doing.
Also….ongoing daily prayer is so essential in a difficult time like this; to that end, a group of
families from Our Lady of Lourdes has just started a tech-based group prayer session scheduled
for every day at 3:00 pm accessible via phone or computer, making use of our common devotions
such as the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary, and Stations of the Cross. This opportunity is open to
anyone at both parishes. To learn how to connect up with this daily communal prayer, contact
Steve Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, our parish clergy will still be “on duty” to serve you any way we can, especially for
emergency visits, one-on-one pastoral meetings, etc., etc. Feel free to contact us at any time. As of
now, Kathy and Deb will still be in our offices. We will update parishioners of any upcoming
Let’s pray for each other, for Ohio, our nation, and all those affected by the virus! God
- Fr. Bill Ferguson
CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF OHIO
March 16, 2020
RE: Catholic Bishops of Ohio Suspend All Publicly Celebrated Masses/Liturgies
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to
curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to
suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of
Holy Week and Easter. 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 through Easter Sunday.
This decision is not taken lightly and, as your bishops, causes us great sadness. However, after
consultation with the governor and health officials we are convinced that this is the most
prudent and necessary action. Science has proven that participation in public gatherings
significantly increases the risk of contagion. This poses a serious danger to those especially most
As Catholics, in every Sunday Mass we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord.
The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. In this moment, we are experiencing
in a unique way the passion of our Lord as this pandemic prevents us from gathering for the
Sunday Eucharist. In this very difficult time, we encourage the faithful to turn to the Church’s
treasury of prayer. Sunday remains a holy day, and we encourage the faithful to pray using the
rich resources of our faith, including praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy
chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, stations of the cross, etc. We also urge you to participate in
prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised or live-streamed Mass and make a spiritual
Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, for all
health care workers, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this situation.
Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, who is our healing and our hope.
Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr Chairman Catholic Conference of Ohio Archbishop of Cincinnati
Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan Bishop of Columbus
Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton Bishop of Steubenville
Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J. Bishop of Youngstown
Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak Diocesan Administrator of Cleveland
Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas Bishop of Toledo