Pastor's Letter for the May 30, 2021 Bulletin

Like enjoying a little “Christmas in July” we are enjoying some “Thanksgiving in May” as we acknowledge a number of people with parish connections who are at moments of transition in their lives.  And we as a parish here in Ohio will be gratefully transitioning closer to normal this week, too. 

Since the statewide mandates for masks and social distancing are on track to be relaxed on Wednesday, June 2nd, we are planning to remove the ropes between the pews on that day as well. 

For the weekend of June 5th & 6th, we are likewise planning to return to having 1) seating available throughout the church, 2) ushers taking up the collection as before, 3) parishioners or ushers bringing forward the gifts and offerings 4) at least one more Eucharistic Minister for distributing Communion at the weekend Masses with two lines proceeding forward, and 5) altar servers. See the other notice in this bulletin about being scheduled or trained as a liturgical minister.

With regards to “Thanksgiving”, thank you, again, to Sue Sanders, Pat Farley, and Lynn Padden who have served our parish and school in key organizing and leadership roles. We are continuing the search and interviews for our next principal for St. Benedict School and for the next Director of Religious Education for Christ Our Light Parish.  Thank you to all who have provided good leads. 

Let us remember with deep gratitude those we honor this weekend for Memorial Day, whose military service contributed substantially to the peace and freedoms we are blessed to enjoy now.

Congratulations and thank you to Fr. Jeremiah Hahn on his ordination to the priesthood on Friday, May 21st and for offering a Mass of Thanksgiving at the 8:35 a.m. Mass this past week on Thursday, May 27th.  He is planning to return next weekend, June 6th, offer the 10:30 a.m. Mass as another Mass of Thanksgiving and concelebrate at the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  After each of those Masses he will be available for a priestly “First Blessing” to individuals and households. 

May the Lord help us to experience the transforming power of God’s love and mercy, always ready for the gift of eternal life!