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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Updated Info

Previously, it was posted that some liturgical options might still be available in the Eastern Rites within the Diocese of Cleveland. That has largely changed. The most comprehensive update we have for liturgical possibilities is the following:

All of the Maronite Liturgies have been cancelled.
All of the Byzantine Liturgies have been cancelled.
Ukrainian Catholic churches are awaiting a directive and won't know until the end of the week.
St. Elias:  Still waiting to hear
St. Peregrine:  Still waiting to hear
St. Peregrine is NOT an Eastern Rite Catholic Church. The chapel is part of the Society of St. Pius X. It is not clear if the Mass will still be available there, publicly.

Confession, "Any time"

The Diocese of Cleveland had initially declared that the Sacrament of Confession would only be limited to "being in danger of death."

Since that statement, the Diocese has revised its policy, providing the Faithful with access to the Sacrament of Confession "any time."

This seems to be a move in the right direction, ever mindful of what our Faith teaches us, namely, that the care of the soul is more important than the care of the body. While it can seem discouraging that Holy Mass is not available to us, the Faithful have at moments throughout history experienced this terrible reality. We can be hopeful* that the Omnipotent Creator of all things has not and will not abandon us.

*Theological hope is not wishful thinking; its an act of confidence.

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  1. The Ukrainian churches in the US will also be closed. By the way, Ukrainian Greek Catholics are also Byzantine, as are the Melkites. When you say "Byzantine", I assume you mean "Ruthenian".

  2. It does not look like St. Elias will be having public services.

  3. Good morning, Is there a Latin Mass in Church tomorrow (6/13/20)at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Cleveland at 9am?