COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have extended the temporary suspension of public masses and liturgies until May 29, following Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement on Monday that the Stay at Home Order will remain in effect while the state starts its gradual reopening come May 1.
The bishops said DeWine’s order to stay at home has “significantly curbed the spread of the virus. We thank you for and admire the patience, cooperation and understanding you have already shown during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
The bishops said they hope to be able to celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost the weekend of May 30.
“Out of deep concern for the common good as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor, and to support and abide by the multi-phased approach to returning to work and eventual public gathering in large groups,” the bishops said in a news release.
The bishops said they will work with pastoral teams across the state to “consider reasonable, gradual and responsible initiatives for welcoming back the faithful in time to Sunday Mass, initiatives which will renew our love for the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and which will help us to restore Catholic life and invite others to share that life after the pandemic. We encourage individual dioceses and their respective pastors and parishioners to begin to work to establish plans which respect social distancing and other requirements for the safety of our people.”
The decision to extend the temporary suspension wasn’t taken “lightly,” according to the bishops.
“We remain grateful for your understanding and prayerful support. As your bishops we continue to encourage you to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in Sunday Mass by way of radio broadcast or televised or livestreamed options and making a spiritual communion,” the bishops said.
You can read more about Ohio’s May 1 reopening, here.
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