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ROMANS 12:12

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
 

Yesterday, on Pentecost Sunday, we learned from St. Paul that “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit” (1 Cor 12:12-14).

These words are particularly poignant coming as they do just days after the senseless and brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of a law enforcement officer in Minneapolis. I join Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis and my brother bishops across the United States in praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. Floyd and all others who have lost their lives in a similar manner. This deeply disturbing incident reminds us once again of the divisions that continue to plague our human family which is called to be one body in Christ…

 

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
 
As the “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan” is implemented during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, allowing a gradual return to work and lifting of some of the restrictions regarding consumer, retail and services, returning to operation, we your bishops, together with you, are anxious for the safe return to the public celebration of Mass/Liturgy. While making every effort to respect the spirit of the governor’s instructions, we want to begin in some way to make the public celebration of Mass/Liturgy available. To that end, we inform you that the bishops of Ohio have agreed that each diocese will determine a soft opening date later in May…
 

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past eight weeks, the Bishops of Ohio have met on a regular basis to discuss recommendations and requirements put in place by the State of Ohio and the medical profession to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Early in those discussions, we very reluctantly agreed that we had to suspend the public celebration of Mass for the safety of our parishioners and for the common good of our communities. These past weeks and months have been very difficult, but I am grateful to our priests, deacons, and lay leaders who continued to show genuine pastoral care for our people by staying in contact with parishioners in very creative ways…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today it was announced that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Binzer as the Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati. This decision was reached following conversations between Bishop Binzer and the Holy See.
Bishop Binzer will continue to serve the people of the Archdiocese with the title of Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus. What exactly that ministry will look like will be determined after discussions between Bishop Binzer, the Priest Personnel Board, and me.
In this difficult and unfortunate time, please keep Bishop Binzer and all the people of the Archdiocese in your prayers.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Yesterday, 27 April 2020, Governor Mike DeWine presented a strategy to begin a multi-phased plan, even while the executive “Stay at Home Order” remains in place. His plan begins a process for Ohioans gradually to return to work and daily activity and provides hope and evidence that our cooperation with the  governor’s orders has significantly curbed the spread of the virus. We thank you for and admire the patience, cooperation and understanding you have already shown during this COVID-19 pandemic. We realize the frustration, sadness, and loss the faithful felt not to be able to gather personally to celebrate the Paschal Mysteries during the Sacred Triduum and each Sunday. During this time of sacrifice and longing, we have joined our prayers and hearts to yours, trusting that God will see us through this pandemic and reunite us at the Eucharistic Feast. 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, and to support and abide by the multi-phased approach to returning to work and  eventual public gathering in large groups….

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Dear Commissioner Hahn,

As our nation works to defend itself from the deadly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we write to express our gratitude to you and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all of its efforts to combat the virus and to ask for your help to ensure that Americans will have access to vaccines that are free from any connection to abortion.

To be clear, we strongly  support efforts to develop an effective, safe, and widely available vaccine as quickly as possible. However, we also strongly urge our federal government to ensure that fundamental moral principles are followed in the  development of such vaccines, most importantly, the principle that human life is sacred and should never be exploited.

We are aware that, among the dozens of vaccines currently in development, some are being produced using old cell lines that were created from the cells of aborted babies. For example, …

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Parish Response Letters

*CORRECTION: The Date for the SVDP lunches is incorrect: It is this Sunday, April 5th (not the 3rd). 

4.3.20 – Parish Letter

UPDATE as of March 26, 2020: Blessed palm branches will not be available, nor will they be distributed per the most recent guidance received from the Vatican.

 

PARISH Q and A. 3.25.20

Staying Connected

Be sure to check your email frequently as that will be our primary form of communication for you with vaulable information during these next few weeks. In addition to emails, we are committed to updating our website and all other media resources to keep you connected to our parish and growing in your faith. 
How can I get the myParish app?  Click on the church icon above – it will either open up the app if you already have it or it will take you to the app store on your device and prompt you to download it. The App features many icons including:

Parish Liturgy of the Word Videos  |  Homilies (Past and Present)  |  Prayer Aids  |  Link to the Bulletin  |  Links to Live Mass and Daily Mass  |  Daily Readings  |  Link to our Parish Easter 2020 page  |  Link to this St. Chris Cares page  |  Parish Calendar of Events (once things resume)  |  Links to Inspirational News and Articles  |  The option to join various groups for communication in the future

It’s a GREAT tool for parish connectivity that we plan to utilize beyond the COVID response.   If you need help with the app, download our myParish App User Guide.

Family Faith Formation Resources

We know that families are working hard to keep up their academic work from home these days.  Our prayers are with you.
This section is dedicated to the many ways we can keep our children focused on their faith and the reassurance of Jesus in all of this.  Without the Sunday masses we have even more responsibility to purposely set Sunday aside for our spiritual development.  Inside the walls of your home is your church.  May it be vibrant and faith filled…
St. Chris Sunday Liturgy of the Word with Fr. John every Sunday: We wait for the day when we can gather together for Mass.  Until that joyful day, Fr. John will be providing us with the Liturgy of the Word on video.  Beginning Saturday, March 21st, the Sunday readings and Fr. John’s homily will be posted at 5:00pm and updated each week on Saturday at 5:00pm with the current week’s lectionary readings and reflection.   View the video posted at the top of this webpage.
Gospel Weeklies “Seeds” The publishing company used by the St. Christopher Center for Children to teach religion is opening up all their resources for parents during this time of the pandemic.  Go to www.pflaumweeklies.com . Log in. Use your email address as a user name. Then enter the passcode: 2020814
 
Children’s Worship BulletinsWe can email a bulletin page with coloring and puzzle activities appropriate for ages 3 and up using this Sundays Gospel as the theme.  There is a “secret code” and website on the bottom of the page to unlock more games online surrounding the Gospel.   If you want to receive this weekly in your inbox, please email esas@stchristopheronline.com
 
Catholic Icing – Catholic Crafts and Activities Galore!  Check out this site for ideas and inspiration  https://www.catholicicing.com/
 
Want More Ideas? Contact St. Christopher Dir. of Religious Education – Elise Sas
Discover: Finding Faith in Life! – This is the curriculum used by the Wednesday night GIFT program for grade 1-5.  All students are welcome to use these resources.  They include home guides, music and video resources.  GIFT parents are welcome make an appointment to stop by St. Chris and pick up their child’s folders containing each week’s booklet and borrow the accompanying Bible.  The link is here: https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/series/16/
 
Growing through the Gospels Together as a FamilyThis is a St. Chris “in house” page put together to simplify your Sunday devotion to one page.  The page includes this Sunday’s Gospel, a reflection, a couple of discussion questions for the family, a suggested project and a prayer.  If you are not already on a mailing list receiving this page, please Elise at esas@stchristopheronline.com or click on each link below to download the Sunday Gospel reflection page.
Gospel for April 26  |   Gospel for May 3  |  Gospel for May 10  |  Gospel for May 17  |  Gospel for May 24 
 
Children’s Worship BulletinsWe can email a bulletin page with coloring and puzzle activities appropriate for ages 3  or a page for ages 7 and up and up using this Sundays Gospel as the theme.  There is a “secret code” and website on the bottom of the page to unlock more games online surrounding the Gospel.   If you want to receive this weekly in your inbox, please email esas@stchristopheronline.com
 
Free Printable Activity Worksheets for students: Click on the links below to access printable worksheets.
Rejoice in the Lord Always  |  Jesus Keeps You Strong  |  God Our Dwelling Place  |  God Cares for Us  |  Fruit of the Spirit  |  Faith in the Son of God  |  Do Not Worry
 
Look to Him and be Radiant: The author of this site has many many resources for Catholic Faith Formation including lessons, crafts, activities and so much more to inspire you.  Give her site a look: https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/
 
Want More Ideas? Contact St. Christopher Dir. of Religious Education – Elise Sas
Catholic Central: An AWESOME resource for any at home Catholic tween/teen faith formation.  Their Motto: Entertaining and Informing – and they are true to that! They have short and sweet videos that hit a bunch of great faith topics for teens to help them understand their Catholic faith better. After viewing the video together, scroll down the page for some reflection questions, a short suggested activity to follow the lesson, and some additional resources regarding the topic video. This is a personal favorite of mine (Elena Pope) for some excellent at-home faith formation with your teens! I love it!
 
Life Teen:   This is a tremendous site written directly to teens.  It’s worth a view by you, the parent to see which one you think best speaks to your child.  In the absence of the Sunday Masses, we suggest this weekly podcast reflecting on the Sunday readings. Check out their Parent Life site directed to parents of teens for some helpful relational resources to help you talk with and understand some common teen topics and issues.
  
The Bible Project: Want to take advantage of a GREAT way to understand and explore the Bible together? Check out my FAVORITE Bible resource. This one does not disappoint for any teen to adult age viewer. If you’ve always wanted to read the Bible, but struggle for any reason…this is the website for you! (They have an OUTSTANDING app as well!)
 
Spotify YM Playlist created by our Parish Youth Minister, Elena Pope – songs are frequently being added
 
Want More Ideas? Contact St. Christopher Dir. of Youth Ministry – Elena Pope 

We Are Here For You!

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Local Volunteer / Job Opportunities

The Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry could use some volunteers. This would be a great opportunity for any adult who is NOT a health risk. A great opportunity for any college students that are home for the time being. 

Latest Post from the Food Pantry: The Vandalia Butler Food Pantry will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis for as long as we can maintain volunteers. *Please continue to call and leave your information on your message machine and our volunteers will get back with you to set up an appointment for you to pick up food. Due to rationing, we are only able to provide a gift card to Kroger to allow you to pick up meat butter milk and eggs. We are still providing all of the other non-perishable items.*  Thank you.

To volunteer, please email:   director@vbfoodpantry.com

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