Saturday, 21 March 2020 – Our Lady of Lourdes and the Rosary in the Time of Pandemic
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past week we heard the news that for the first time ever that the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France has been temporarily closed.
This is sad, not so much for us, but for the sick and pilgrims who flock there from around the world every day of the year to pray. But alas, the coronavirus seems to have stopped the praying of the Corona of the Blessed Virgin Mary – that is, the Rosary – which our Blessed Mother called for when she said 162 years ago, “Come in procession.” It “seems” that way, just as it seems that Mass has stopped because there will be no public celebration of Sunday Mass anywhere in the United States (and many other countries), however, priests are still offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for you every day! And many, many Rosaries are being prayed throughout the world!
In Lourdes, the Bishop has invited the whole world to join in a daily Rosary. We encourage you to do the same. In light of the powerful intercession of Our Lady, we will soon record nine short videos as a novena of prayer dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. Please join us in these nine days of prayer (start whenever you want!) for all those impacted by COVID-19. Our Lady of Lourdes has offered relief to so many sick and suffering, may we all experience the powerful intercession of Our Mother at this hour.
Though we cannot gather as a parish to offer the Mass this Sunday, we are united in prayer as a parish. The Dominican friars are praying for you each and every day, and we are doing everything we can to strengthen and support you during this difficult time.
As a reminder (subject to change – so check the St. Gertrude website before coming) :
- The church will be open for private prayer and devotion every day from noon until 9.00 p.m. During this time, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration.
- Priests are available to hear confessions in the church every day at 4.00 p.m., and will stay as long as there are penitents.
- The normal confession times don’t apply. If you need to work out another time to have a priest hear your confession, call the parish office at (513) 561-5954.
- It is important that we remain safe and prudent, especially for the sake of the most vulnerable among us. So remember:
- Keep several feet of distance from others, and spread out in the church.
- If there are more than 25 people or so in the church, please wait outside.
Since the parish collection was significantly down from last weekend, please consider giving using We Share: we can’t take up a weekly collection, and without your help, we can’t support our community and those in need.
With our prayers,
Fr. Michael Mary Dosch, OP & Fr. Benedict Croell, OP