Uniting Parishioners to Holy Communion

Below, you can find the following list of documents for your review. It is very important that you read them so that everyone can be informed on the gradual opening of our church. We must take care of one another, and that includes being informed. Please see the list of documents below from Father Ron as well as the Diocese of Cleveland. 

St. Joseph Church Opening Plan - A Letter from Fr. Ron

Diocese of Cleveland Post-Pandemic Guidelines 

What the Faithful Should Expect - A Guide from the Diocese of Cleveland

Music Ministry 

Provincial Liturgical Guidlines

Sacramental Guidlines

Confession and General Absolution

After prayerful and serious consideration, the diocesan administrator, in consultation with Vatican directives and diocesan Senior Staff, has determined that the current circumstances are not appropriate for General Absolution, as congregating in large numbers for the purpose of giving General Absolution would violate the current stay-at-home regulations.

Every consideration should be given to offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation to individuals who request it keeping in mind the governor's current order to stay at home. It is up to the individual priest to determine the seriousness of the pastoral need. To help minimize the risk of exposure, we ask for the following considerations to be utilized:

  • Move out of the confessional into the body of the church or, if weather permits, outside, in order to provide a safer space between you and the penitent.
  • If possible, utilize a screen to block the air flow between the priest and the penitent. The penitent should always have the option to celebrate the Sacrament anonymously.
  • Ensure at least six feet of space between the presider and the penitent. 
  • It is preferable to utilize a chair without armrests or cleansing the armrests with sanitizer between each person. You may also consider celebrating the Sacrament standing so that a proper distance is kept, and no surfaces are touched.

It may be helpful to remind parishioners who request confession of Pope Francis' recent remarks, which echo the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

The pope said..., "Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: ff you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, 'Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,' and ask for pardon with all your heart."

Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, '"I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.' And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says: "When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called 'perfect' - contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins: it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible."

"As the catechism teaches," Pope Francis said, "you can draw near to God's forgiveness without having a priest at hand.

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