Fr Jim’s Parish Update 11/20/2020

Dear friends in Christ,
On Tuesday this week, Governor DeWine announced a night curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Just after lunch on Wednesday, Montgomery County Public Health announced a county-wide stay-at-
home advisory. While this is only an advisory, I feel that it is necessary that we adhere to it to the best of our ability. The coronavirus is escalating, and cases are spiking in our area. We need to take this seriously and do all we can to stop the spread; otherwise, we are heading for another shutdown,
which no one wants. Another shutdown would be more devastating to our communities and our families than the first one. We need to take every precaution necessary to slow down the spread to avoid a shutdown. We must act now of our own accord to change our current path and avoid
further spread of the coronavirus. With that being said, in accordance with the stay-at-home advisory, I am making the following changes effective immediately:

  1. St. Henry and Our Lady of Good Hope facilities are closed to public meetings, sports, and other non-essential activities until further notice. Please note we are not closing our Church or canceling any Masses. Our weekend and daily Masses will continue as well as other worship services. For example, we will continue to gather
    at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings for the Rosary at St. Henry, as well as for Adoration on Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Hope
  2. St. Henry and Our Lady of Good Hope offices will be closed to the public. As of now we are planning to re-open Monday January 4, 2021. We will still be working and answering the phones as normal. We will still be attending to parish needs.
  3. Bishop Leibold School, following the guidance of the Montgomery County Public Health, will be going to online instruction only beginning November 30 th with the plan of returning to in-person instruction on January 19 th , 2021. Please know that we are doing everything possible to keep our facilities clean and sanitized.
    Continue to do everything you can to slow the spread of the coronavirus such as:
     Social distance around others by staying six feet apart.
     Wear a mask when around others, especially in public.
     Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer when that is not possible.

We love you and miss you, but we want you to be safe. Please know that you and your family are in our constant prayers. One way to take advantage of this stay-at-home advisory time is to spend time in prayer and pray for an end to this pandemic and for the health and safety of all.

God Bless!

Fr. Jim