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COVID-19 Updates

The latest on COVID-19 and its impact at St. Catharine along with ways to stay connected online

Ways for you to remain spiritually connected in a time of physical distancing

Livestream on Facebook and YouTube

During this time of physical distancing we want you to remain spiritually close to Jesus and His Church.


Please join us on YouTube or Facebook for Holy Mass, other times of prayer, Q&A opportunities, and much more:

  • Sunday at 11:00am
  • Monday-Friday at 7:00pm

On this page

Below you will find:

  • The latest updates from Fr. Dury
  • A helpful FAQ to answer questions you might have
  • Easy ways to begin online giving
  • St. Catharine social media



Latest update from Fr. Dury

Friday, March 27th, 10:00am

My dear brothers and sisters,


Bishop Brennan has called us to a day of prayer and penance. Perhaps today you spend time reading a small Gospel passage, or pray the Rosary. Perhaps you give up snacks or Netflix today. Think about some ways you might make this a holy day lifting up your prayer and sacrifice for those suffering with COVID-19.


Please remember to join the Holy Father today at 1:00pm for a special liturgy and an extraordinary blessing. You may be able to watch this on the various TV outlets, or at https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live


You are also invited to join us for Holy Mass and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 7:00pm live on YouTube and Facebook


Remember also to tune in this Sunday at 11:00am for a live-streaming Mass and a special virtual tour of our parish center immediately following!


You continue to be in my prayers! Stay well my dear friends!


Let us pray,


O Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows

to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.


Fr. Dury 


Monday, March 23rd, 2:39pm

My dear brothers and sisters,


I hope that you are doing well and staying healthy! Please know that you are in my prayers every day.


I wish to invite you to join us for our live-streaming liturgies and events this week. It is my hope that these will bring you some peace and strength. Go to www.stcatharine.com/youtube to tune in.


Following Mass on Thursday evening we will be hosting a Q&A session. I invite you to send me your questions beginning today to my email at fatherdury@stcatharine.com. I will try to answer as many questions as I can. 


Also, Pope Francis has asked us to join him this Friday beginning at 1pm (EDT) in prayer for a very special liturgy. You can find out more by clicking here. I am hoping this will be broadcast on cable news channels and on EWTN. We will send a link for live-stream viewing options later this week.


Below you will find this week's schedule:


  • Monday, 7:00pm - Holy Mass
  • Tuesday, 7pm-8pm - Mass followed by Adoration and Songs of Praise and Worship 
  • Wednesday, 7-8pm - Mass followed by Stations of the Cross
  • Thursday, 7-8pm - Mass followed by Q&A 
  • Friday, 1:00pm - Liturgy with Pope Francis | 7:00pm - Holy Mass


On another note, I have to say how moved I was by the number of photos you all sent me this past week to put in the pews. It is a clear indication of how strong a family we are here at St. Catharine. I am excited to see you all again and hopefully soon!


Let us continue to pray this prayer composed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.


O Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows

to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.


In Christ,


Fr. Dury 


Saturday, March 21st, 11:35am

My dear brothers and sisters,


I wish to extend a special invitation to all of you to send us a photo of you and your family members for this Sunday's Mass. You can take a family selfie! I will then tape those photos on the pews, so that, while you can't be there in person, you can at least be present in some way. 


I miss seeing your faces and hearing your voices at Mass. I know it is difficult for you not to be able to be there. It is my wish that this might help alleviate that pain in some way. Email the photos to photos@stcatharine.com


Please also send photos of family members who perhaps don't have familiarity with computers. We want to make sure all parishioners are a part of this. We're all one family and I'd like for as many to be a part of this as possible.


Remember to tune in to our live-streaming Sunday 11:00am Mass at the link above.


Please know of my continued prayers.


Let us continue to pray this prayer composed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, each day until we're through this.


O Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows

to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

 

In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Friday, March 20th, 10:29am

My dear brothers and sisters,


The Diocese of Columbus, in consultation from State health officials, and in light of the most recent restrictions and necessary precautions required for public spaces, have come to the determination that parishes are not equipped to meet those standards.


As such, it has been decided, for the sake of your physical well-being, to close off all access to churches and parish buildings. No one is permitted to enter into any of these buildings at any time.


I am very sorry for this news and it pains me as well. Please stay home and pray with your family and stay tuned in to our live-streaming Masses and liturgies on our YouTube page. We will do the best we can to bring you Christ. Together, with the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, we will get through this trying time.


Let us continue to pray this prayer composed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, each day until we're through this.


O Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows

to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.


In Christ,

Fr. Dury 


Wednesday, March 18th, 10:53am

daily mass livestream at 7:00pm • sunday mass at 11:00am

Please note that daily Masses will now be live-streamed at 7:00pm and not 8:30am as announced earlier. We have come to learn that last night, for our St. Patrick's Day Mass, families really enjoyed eating supper together, then sitting down to watch Mass together. I received several pictures and videos from families who did just that!


Please join us tomorrow at 7:00pm for Holy Mass as we celebrate the great Feast of St. Joseph! Go to our YouTube page to tune in. This is a Solemnity, so perhaps ice cream sundaes for the kids?


Sunday Mass will still be live-streamed at 11:00am, as this is our most populated Mass each week.


I also encourage families to take advantage of the FORMED web site which has a rich library of audiobooks, movies (children's films as well), documentary and digital books, including some about St. Joseph. It also has an audio Stations of the Cross. 


It’s easy and free to register on this platform. Follow the steps below:


  • Go to https://formed.org
  • Click "Sign Up"
  • Click "I belong to a Parish or Organization"
  • Enter 8CDHQ3 (code is case sensitive) or just search for St. Catharine
  • Fill in the necessary personal information and click "Sign Up"


Let us continue to pray this prayer composed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, each day until we're through this.


O Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need,

and we are sure you will provide

so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform to the will of the Father

and to do as we are told by Jesus,

who has taken upon himself our sufferings

and carried our sorrows

to lead us, through the cross,

to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.


Please know I pray for all of you each day. Please stay updated right here at www.stcatharine.com


Yours In Christ,

Fr. Dury 



Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on Friday, March 27th


Wednesday, March 18th, 3:50pm


What about Mass?  

All public celebrations of Mass have been suspended at least through and including Easter. We will be live-streaming daily Masses at 7:00pm and on Sundays at 11:00am. We will try to live-stream Holy Week liturgies as well. You can go to our YouTube page to watch.


Will Confession be offered? 

Yes. A schedule for confessions will be sent out soon. Please keep in mind that extraordinary care will have to be taken to limit the possibility of viral spread; hence, the outdoor confessions yesterday.


*March 27th Update: At this time time we are unable to offer the Sacrament of Confession.


Please read what Pope Francis counsels us to do in a time when we are unable to go to Confession.


What about receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick? 

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, "This is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived." I will anoint anyone who fits this qualification, unless they are in a nursing home (I’m not allowed entry there for the time being).


If anyone is in need of Anointing of the Sick, please call 614-231-4509 and then press 4.


What about baptism? 

Baptisms are still possible based on pastoral urgency. However, in order to limit any potential spread of the virus to a vulnerable population, only small, private family Baptisms with only immediate family and godparents attending are allowed.


What about funerals? 

If at all possible, we ask that you schedule a memorial Mass at a time when the current restrictions are lifted. A shortened liturgy may be celebrated at the cemetery with immediate family members only, keeping in mind the call for social distancing. If a funeral Mass is celebrated, the attendees are limited to immediate family members only.


What about ministry to the sick and homebound? 

All ordinary in person visits to the sick and homebound have stopped for the duration of this emergency. This is out of necessity for their protection. Ministers to the homebound are being encouraged to contact the homebound by telephone and they are offering other means to bring them comfort and support. We will be inviting people to write to the residents of nursing homes soon.


How can I continue to support our parish offertory if all our Masses are being cancelled? 

May God bless you for your generous planning! You have several options to continue your offertory:


  • Option #1: Mail in your pre-printed weekly offertory envelope to:
  • St. Catharine Parish, 500 S. Gould Rd., Columbus, OH 43209. (Note: Your pre-printed Offertory envelopes came with only one mail-in envelope. If you will be mailing in your envelope on a weekly basis, you will need to use a larger mailing envelope to do this.)
  • Option #2: Hand deliver your weekly offertory envelope to our safe and secure drop box at the parish office.
  • Option #3: Head to www.stcatharine.com/give and sign up for electronic giving. It’s safe, secure, and convenient.
  • Option #4: Click the green icon in the lower right-hand corner.


My weekly offertory envelopes had one mailing envelope. Should I send back my offertory envelope in that?

Yes. Place the smaller offertory envelope inside that envelope. If you do this more than once, please use a business reply envelope and mail to us at the address above. The parish will also provide parishioners with a supply of pre-addressed return envelopes. Call (614) 231-4509 and leave a voicemail message requesting a supply.


How has the Covid-19 crisis affected our Parish Center building project?

So far, there has not been a disruption to the timeline and our construction crews continue to make very good progress! Since there is no weekly bulletin distribution, we will keep everyone apprised of our progress through the parish website and emails.


You're in my prayers,

Fr. Dury 



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Spiritual Communion

Whenever we are unable to receive the Eucharist the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion, where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.


Countless saints incorporated this type of prayer into their daily lives, not being satisfied with receiving Jesus in the Eucharist once a week or even once a day.


St. Josemaria Escriva encouraged everyone to make a spiritual communion as often as they could, “What a source of grace there is in spiritual communion! Practice it frequently and you’ll have greater presence of God and closer union with him in all your actions.”


St. Padre Pio also had a habit of making a spiritual communion throughout the day outside of the celebration of Mass. He desired to be always united with Jesus Christ in everything he did.


Below is a traditional prayer of spiritual communion that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God.


Adapted from Aletia.com

Act of Spiritual Communion