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Ohio Bishops Extend Temporary Suspension of Church Services/Activities to May 3rd

April 3, 2020

The following is a letter from the Catholic Conference of Ohio.


Today (April 2, 2020) Governor Mike DeWine extended the executive ‘Stay at Home Order’ to continue to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the State of Ohio. 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’s direction.

To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through and including Sunday May 3rd. The Bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this time period.

This decision has not been taken lightly and, as your bishops, together with you, we recognize the sacrifice we are called to make by being physically distanced from the Holy Eucharist and from one another. 


Trusting in the graces flowing from the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord, we remain mindful of the hope that does not disappoint. As your bishops, we continue to encourage you to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in Sunday Mass by way of televised, live-streamed, or radio broadcast options and making a spiritual communion. Keeping in mind the gift of plenary indulgences offered to us by the Church, we encourage all the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer, praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours and Stations of the Cross, etc.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from the Coronavirus, for all health care workers and first responders, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this pandemic. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we trust in the glorious hope of His resurrection.


Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr 

Ohio Archbishop of Cincinnati


Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer 

Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Cincinnati


Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan 

Bishop of Columbus


Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton 

Bishop of Steubenville


Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J.

Bishop of Youngstown


Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak 

Diocesan Administrator of Cleveland


Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas 

Bishop of Toledo 


Most Rev. J. Michael Botean

Romanian Eparchy of Canton


Most Rev. Bohdan J. Danylo

Ukranian Eparchy of St. Josaphat


Most Rev. Milan Lach, SJ

Byzantine Eparchy of Parma

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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