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Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Letter for the July 5, 2020 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Seeing a surprising and relative growth in the number of COVID-19 cases here in Guernsey County over this past week reinforces at least a couple of things for me.  I am truly grateful for the generosity of parishioners for the various items that are helping us to have a ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 28, 2020 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

For the past few months I have been looking forward to being the spiritual director for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, including 2-3 days in Egypt.  Our plan has been to go there in mid to late October in part to being a bit cooler than July and ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 21, 2020 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

One of the advantages of living within the Diocese of Steubenville is the proximity to Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Ever since Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, began serving as president of the university in the early 1970s (at that time still called “The College of Steubenville”), the university has developed ... Read More »

Decree from Bishop Monforton Granting Dispensation from the Sundays and Holy Days Obligation to Participate

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Decree on Dispensation from Obligation to Participate in Sunday and Holy Day Masses

Pastor's Letter for the June 14, 2020 Bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Any emerging patterns after two weeks now of public Sunday Masses?

In terms of “nickels and noses” I’ve been surprised that the 8:00 a.m. Mass has become our #1 Mass in terms of attendance.

We had 64 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, 90 at the 8:00 a.m. ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 7, 2020 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Pastor’s Letter for the June 7, 2020 bulletin

What did we learn from last weekend’s first public Sunday Masses?

To me it was interesting to see that we had basically the same number of people at all 4 of our weekend Masses: 60 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the May, 31, 2020 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Pastor’s Letter for the May 31, 2020 bulletin

Praise God for a weekend full of reasons to rejoice and to ask for an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit!

Before touching on the 3 main reasons for rejoicing this weekend, I would like to say “thank you” to the ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the May 24, 2020

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

So, with one week of experience from the return of public daily Masses, what have we learned?

It has worked well being able to rope off every other row at both of our churches. That seems to be sufficient space between rows. At least at St. Benedict I’d say ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the May 17, 2020 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

We’ve been looking forward to the more positive developments within our worldwide situation for a while now. Praise God that we can now review ways to participate in public Masses and liturgies that both keep the guidelines set out for us by state and diocesan level directives and observe ... Read More »

Letter of the Bishops of Ohio regarding an upcoming "Soft Opening" of Public Liturgies before May 30, 2020

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

May 8, 2020                                   

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As the “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan” is implemented during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, allowing a gradual return to work and lifting of some of the restrictions regarding consumer, retail and services, returning to operation, we your bishops, together ... Read More »