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Masses Suspended through May 29th and Updates from our Social Service Programs and Organizations

April 29, 2020

Please read below for information about suspension of Masses through May 29th, more updates from our social service programs and organizations, and ways you can support all that continues to go on at Holy Rosary-St. John…


April 28, 2020

Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Brennan

The Lord is Risen – Happy Easter!

The Ohio Bishops met yesterday. After consultation and a close examination of the facts determined that while it is not yet possible to begin the public celebration of Mass, we are looking at a target date of May 30/31 – Pentecost Sunday hopefully to resume our celebrations. Each of us continues to dispense all Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and I also dispense from the canonical obligation of Easter Duty. During his press conference yesterday, Governor DeWine indicated that through increased and widespread testing and other means, much knowledge will emerge to allow for safer conditions for the assemblies of people. In the meantime we will begin the gradual process in various ways.

This week many of our priests will begin setting aside dedicated time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a wide basis by appointment and in places deemed to provide for safety and hygiene. These locations will include spaces free of the need to touch surfaces such as doors or furniture, providing appropriate social distancing and privacy and limiting the number of people gathered at any one time to a bare minimum. The locations and contact numbers for appointments will be posted on our Diocesan Website ( beginning Wednesday, April 29 so that appointments for confessions may be scheduled, and hearing confessions can begin Friday, May 1. We will be working to make it possible in at least some of our churches for people to visit and pray during certain hours in the coming weeks. Again, care for the continued health and safety of those who visit is paramount.

The process of preparing for Mass will encompass many considerations. We will work to be ensure that the Churches are clean and safe. We are working to have plans in place to manage seating and movement, allowing for safe social distancing; this may perhaps limit the number of people in the Church or any other spaces at any given time. We will follow the guidelines for assemblies regarding face-coverings and other protective measures. It may be necessary to adjust schedules to allow for priests to help each other beyond parish boundaries. In recent weeks there has been a task force looking at the many opportunities for evangelization here in the diocese. Their work will turn to provide recommendations on how we as a diocese and as parishes use this time for pastoral and interior preparation.

Looking ahead with hope and anticipation I ask your prayers. Looking back, I can only do so with deep gratitude for your continued goodness, your sacrifices, your patience and understanding. I am convinced that the measures we have taken together with the rest of our community have made a significant difference. Let’s pray for those who have suffered deeply, especially those who have died and those who mourn. And let’s never forget the sacrifices and hard work that so many people heroically make for us and our well-being.

In the peace of our Risen Lord,
Bishop Brennan


Remember, you can go to the St. Dominic Church website to watch Fr. Ramon Owera celebrate the weekly Mass. They are hosting the weekly Masses for St. Dominic and Holy Rosary-St. John to access, and thanks to them for that:

Let us continue to pray for everyone! 


Below are schedules/updates for the social service programs and organizations in the St. John Community Center (640 S. Ohio Ave.):

Community Kitchen is offering grab-and-go sack lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to noon. Also, some personal care items available, mostly during pantry hours on Thursdays (perhaps some Tuesdays, too). Call (614) 252-6428 for more details.

St. John Food Pantry is open on Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 am. Outside walk up and drive through only. Call (614) 252-5926, ext. 3 for more details.

Order of Malta Center of Care is offering some toiletries and personal care items during pantry hours on May 7th (and, every other Thursday after until they re-open). Otherwise, they are closed for now, but are working on plans to re-open in late May or early June. Call (614) 530-8643 for more details on which days they will be there with the pantry and re-opening dates.

St. John Learning Center adult education programs are still suspended, but the learning center coordinator is working on plans to get programs back up and running as things gradually re-open. Classrooms will be sanitized, and social distancing/masks will be used. Some workshops may also take place online. More details to follow. Call (614) 547-2171 for details.


We regret to announce that we are cancelling our Church Anniversary Celebration this year. We hope to have it in July of 2021 instead. Watch for details. 


We realize that many people’s finances have been impacted by this public health crisis and that there are many good causes out there, but we also need to say that Holy Rosary-St. John is in great need of continued donations, so please consider donating online. More details are at:

Also, we are going to have to have the elevator replaced in the St. John Community Center, the former school that now houses parish programs such as the St. John Food Pantry and St. John Learning Center, and organizations such as the Community Kitchen, Inc. and Order of Malta Center of Care. Our community center receives over 100,000 visits every year, but as a small parish, we cannot keep these things running on our own. We really need assistance from around the Diocese and around the city/county/state/etc. We welcome donations from anyone who is interested, and we can accept them through a variety of platforms. For more information, please call (614) 252-5926, ext. 7.


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