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March 16, 2020
Dear St. Francis Community,
I am very sad to share the news that beginning immediately, we are no longer able to offer public Masses at our parish through Holy Week and Easter. Adoration is also closed. This is temporary and comes from the decision of the Ohio Bishops, following their meeting today with Governor Mike DeWine and several public health officials. This is all part of our country’s efforts to curb a major outbreak of COVID-19. We will still offer funerals and wedding liturgies, but they will be limited to immediate family members only. You can read the full statement attached. We are waiting for more detailed guidance from Bishop Brennan and his administration.  

All this week, I will be in communication with our parish’s Senior Leadership Team and various other parish leadership to plan and prepare responses and implement actions related to this decision, such as putting into place ways in which we can continue to stay connected as a faith community, celebrate Spiritual Communion, and maintain our important relationships with God. Here are some of the options we’ll be exploring:
  • Livestreaming Mass Online – so we can all gather together in prayer virtually and spiritually for Sunday Mass.  
  • Pastoral Care Moving Forward
  • Assisting The Most Vulnerable in our Community Who Are in Need
  • Online Faith Formation and Prayer – so that all of our parishioners have the spiritual resources they need during this time of uncertainly.
  • Administration of our Parish     
We will be in contact with you this week with more details after I have had a chance to communicate with our leadership and formulate a plan. 
During this unique time, many of us are asking ourselves, “What can I do?” In times of uncertainty, it is easy to fill our hearts with worry and anxiety. We pray that you take the suggested precautions for health and safety at this time, and then turn to God in prayer. He is always with us.  
What you can do:
  • Pray for wellness, hope, and healing for all in our community
  • Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
  • Call your elderly neighbors
  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • Follow along with updates from the CDC and WHO
  • Avoid Fear and Panic. We are a people of faith and hope
Know that you are all in my prayers. Please pray for me too.
In Christ,
Fr. Dave Sizemore, Pastor

St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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