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Welcome to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic church in the Diocese of Steubenville. Here you will find us to be a very welcoming parish. I invite you to join us for Mass or just stop by for quiet prayer. In any case I pray that you find in our parish family the joy, peace and comfort that Jesus promises to His disciples.
Beginning Monday, May 18th Masses will begin again starting with an 8:30 AM celebration at Our Lady of Mercy. After that, weekday Masses will resume as per the old schedule but Saturday and Sunday Masses will not resume until May 30th and 31st in time for Pentecost.
Tuesday 7PM OLM
Wednesday 9AM St. Mary's
Thurs. & Fri. 8:30AM OLM
Hand sanitizers, gloves, and masks are available (and encouraged to be used) at both churches. We have stored the hymnals and missalettes for now and are asking everyone to respect the 6 ft. distancing both during and after Mass and roped off certain pews to assist with that requirement. Please do not congregate in the narthex/vestibule area to avoid the temptation to get closer than 6 ft.
Ohio bishops suspend all Masses through Easter
STEUBENVILLE — After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the bishops of Ohio, including Diocese of Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, have decided effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. 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 through Easter Sunday.
The bishops said this decision was not taken lightly and caused them great sadness. However, after consultation with the governor and health officials they are convinced that this is the most prudent and necessary action.
Science has proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of contagion. This poses a serious danger to those especially most vulnerable.
Bishop Monforton asked all priests in the diocese to make every effort possible to keep the churches open for private prayer.
The bishops said Sunday remains a holy day, and they encourage the faithful to pray as a family or individually the rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, etc. They also urge everyone to participate in prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised or livestreamed Mass.
In a letter from the Bishop, the following changes will be made for hearing confessions effective immediately.
"As you can imagine, we are still trying to determine the proper actions to take during this unprecedented time. Therefore, I ask in advance for your patience and understanding as we try to sort these various issues.
It is absolutely imperative that each of us takes seriously the guidance from government and health officials during this time. Lives depend on what we do, including the lives of the most vulnerable, the infirm and the elderly.
To clarify and modify some of the instructions from yesterday regarding the hearing of confessions:
- Confessions may be heard at the usual scheduled times for your To reduce the risk of contagion as much as possible, the following directives are obligatory:
- There must be a distance of at least six (6) feet between the confessor and the How you will arrange this depends on the configuration of your confessionals.
- If there is a screen available, it must be utilized;
- The penitent is to stand, not kneel, to reduce the risk of spreading illness by touching surfaces;
- Confessions are to be heard as quickly as possible;
- People awaiting confession are to spread throughout the church, maintaining distances of at least six (6) feet from each other."
Please respect these modifications to protect the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Fr. Jonas will be hearing confessions Tuesdays from 7:45-9:00 PM, Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 PM and 6:00-7:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday until further notice.
Sunday 8:30 am (OLM) 11:00 am (St. Mary's)
Tues. 8:30 am (OLM)
Wed. 9:00 am (St. Mary's)
Thurs. 8:30 am (OLM)
Fri. 8:30 am (OLM)
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Confessions Saturday 1 hour before Mass.
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
We hope you’ll consider giving a special monetary gift to commemorate the season. It’s through your donations that we are able to carry on important work both spiritually and in the community. For your convenience, we offer electronic giving options that allow you to contribute when and how you prefer. You don’t have to remember cash or your checkbook to support our parish community. Show your support and try one of our e-Giving options. You’ll find that online giving is secure, fast and easy to use. Thank you for all you do to support our parish throughout the year.