PARISH NEWS

Public Masses will reopen for the Feast of Pentecost - May 30th and 31st! We are so excited to welcome you back and worship together again! That said, we are still deeply concerned for all our parishioners' safety. Please be aware of the safety guidelines we have in place for the celebration of Mass, and take time as a family to discuss and prepare.

  • WHO should attend a limited public Mass in person?
    The faithful of the Diocese of Toledo continue to be dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice. Understanding the desire of so many of the faithful to return to our churches, it remains important for those who are at greater risk (the elderly, sick, those with pre-existing conditions) to refrain and be encouraged to refrain from returning to public liturgies until such time as they feel comfortable and confident to do so.
  • WHAT restrictions will there be?
    -Social distancing (six feet) will be practiced at all public Masses. Families who live together can sit together but should be spaced more than six feet away from other families.
    -We ask that you wear a face mask/cover in the church (except for children 3 and under), and you are encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.
    -For the communion procession, it will be similar to the grocery store. There will be a single file line in the middle aisle with 6 foot spacing. There will be multiple “communion stations” near the sanctuary. Deacon Mark and Fr. Dave will move from station to station as the communicants move up the aisle. It will be similar to communion at an altar rail, without kneeling, and each person 6 feet apart.
    -There will also be temporary liturgical changes like those implemented during the early stages of this pandemic. These changes include:
    -The Sign of Peace continues to be suspended and there is to be no physical contact (handholding) during the Lord’ Prayer.
    -The distribution of the Precious Blood from the chalice continues to be suspended during this time.
    -No passing of a basket for the collection. Baskets will be provided for you to drop your envelope in before or after Mass.
  • WHEN can I go to a limited public Mass?
    The first public weekday Masses at our parish will be celebrated beginning on Monday, May 25th at 9am. The first public weekend Masses will be celebrated on Saturday, May 30th at 4:30pm and Sunday, May 31st at 10:30am. Admission to Mass will be conducted in cooperation with the “Stay Safe Ohio” order, which means a limit on congregation size to 50% of total seating. Parishioners who do not attend Mass in person should continue to keep the Sabbath holy with intentional time in prayer. This may include watching a livestreamed Mass and making a spiritual communion.
  • See more in "Guidelines on Coming Back to Mass" in document list below, and visit our Facebook page for video updates.

The parish office is closed for Memorial Day, but will reopen from 10am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday. Visitors must wear a mask to be allowed in. 

To stay connected with our parish, please like and follow our Facebook page: facebook.com/stjohnthebaptist.pointplace/
This is where we'll post updates about the parish schedule, videos and notes from Fr. Dave, and live streamed Masses and prayers. It's a great way for our parishioners to stay connected to one another and to continue growing in faith together!
We will also be posting videos and Mass to our Youtube channel: search St. John the Baptist, Point Place or go to youtube.com/channel/UCEaqfioxGxs6pYT3UFSHCqg
MASS WILL BE LIVE STREAMED through the Facebook page Sunday, May 24 at 8:30am. Beginning Sunday, May 31, a video of Mass will be placed on Facebook and Youtube for all who stay home.

Parish Schedule:
Church open for private prayer: Saturday May 23,1:00-4:30pm
Sunday May 24, 10:00am-2:00pm

Public Masses:
Monday, May 25th:      9am
Tuesday, May 26:         6:30pm
Thursday, May 28th:    8am
Saturday, May 30th:     4:30pm
Sunday, May 31st:       10:30am

A video of Mass will be placed on Facebook and Youtube Sunday morning for those staying home.

Confession Available:
Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 7am-8am
Saturday 3pm-4:30pm

ONLINE GIVING is available through our website. You can also mail envelopes to the parish office or deposit them in the dropbox on the rectory porch.
We humbly ask you to consider supporting our parish prayerfully and financially, as we still depend on your generosity to keep our ministry going. Thank you.

OUR BULLETIN is available in the document list below.

DIOCESE-WIDE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: Please join our Bishop in praying the Holy Spirit Novena, May 22 through May 30 (the Vigil of Pentecost). Bishop Thomas will post videos daily that you can pray along with, and we'll post reminders on our Facebook page. 
Please also join us in the Red Ribbon Campaign: "As we look forward with joy to the reopening of public Masses, the red ribbons are a visible sign of our anticipation, excitement, and unity. The goal is for Northwest Ohio to be covered in red ribbons! The color red was chosen because Masses reopen on Pentecost, and red symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit! ... Simply tie a red ribbon on your front door, mailbox, a tree in your yard, etc. on May 22, the first day of the novena." 
Find the novena prayers at reconnecttoledo.org/novena

LETTER FROM POPE FRANCIS: 
In order to promote unity during this time of social distance, Pope Francis invites all the faithful to pray the rosary often and as a family during the month of May. In his letter (found in the document list below), he includes two prayers to be said at the end of the rosary, which he will be praying "in spiritual union" with all of us. Please join us in asking Our Lady to intercede for us and bring us together as a Church family.

FROM OUR PASTOR...
(Fr. Dave's most recent bulletin letters to the parish)

From May 17:
On Friday, May 8th the Diocese of Toledo issued a memo entitled, “Gradual Restoration of Public Masses and Liturgies.”  This document set forth the framework for the reverent and safe celebration of the Sacred Liturgy beginning with weekday Mass on May 25th and weekend Masses on May 30th/31st.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working with our parish staff to implement these guidelines.  It’s exciting to think that we will be able to gather for Mass (even in a limited way) very soon!  As we draw closer to the end of the month, I will able to share more details.  Another important aspect of the guidelines that I want to emphasize at this point is the dispensation.  From the Guidelines: “The faithful of the Diocese of Toledo continue to be dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice. Understanding the desire of so many of the faithful to return to our churches, it remains important for those who are at greater risk (the elderly, sick, those with pre-existing conditions) to refrain, and be encouraged to refrain, from returning to public liturgies until such time as they feel comfortable and confident to do so.”  So, I want everyone to know that no one HAS to come to Mass.  Each one of us needs to prayerfully consider our individual situation and prudently decide if it makes sense for us.  We all miss coming together to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy, but we don’t want to unreasonably risk our health or the health of others.

God’s Blessings to you!

From May 24:
As we are one week away from celebrating Mass publicly (though limited) on May 31
st, I thought I might try to explain what to expect when you come to Mass. For anyone in the pews, I think of it in 3 parts: getting into church, going to Holy Communion, and leaving church. Everyone should bring a face covering and their own hand sanitizer, if possible. The church doors will be propped open to limit contact surfaces and promote good ventilation (weather permitting). You will need to sit at least 6 feet away from another family. For the communion procession, it will be similar to the grocery store. There will be a single file line in the middle aisle with 6 foot spacing. There will be multiple “communion stations” near the sanctuary. Deacon Mark and I will move from “station” to “station” as the communicants move up the aisle. It will be similar to communion at an altar rail, without kneeling, and each person 6 feet apart. Following Mass, we may have to dismiss pew by pew, depending on the number of people present. Please do not congregate in large groups outside of church. Please be patient as we try to adjust to these protocols while offering a reverent celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. The things that won’t change are our participation in Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection and our reception of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist!

God’s Blessings to you! 



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Toledo, Ohio 43611

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Phone: 419-726-2034

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