St. Mary Catholic Church Chillicothe Ohio



Usually when Holy Week rolls around, I have to encourage people not to be so caught up in society that they miss opportunities to think about the Paschal Mystery (the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ). Now there is plenty of time available but who will take the opportunity to think about this Mystery? In the past years the Tenebrae/Penance Service used to bring out a lot of people. I will not demean the Sacrament of Reconciliation by offering “drive-thrus”! That’s an absurdity. Just be aware that Christ, by dying on the Cross, nailed sin to the Cross with Him. “We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song!” So join in the song of praise for Christ and pray for those who are suffering the virus or who will be soon. Remember to pray also for doctors, nurses, first responders and all caregivers too. Father Hummer


Letter from Ohio Bishops - April 2, 2020

March 18th

Update from Bishop Brennan

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I write to you again to speak about the many challenges we all face in light of the growing coronavirus pandemic, which is so significantly impacting every facet of our daily lives. As you already know, the bishops of Ohio earlier this week decided to suspend the public celebration of Mass in every diocese of the state, and dispensed to the faithful from their obligation to attend Mass at least through Easter Sunday.

I cannot begin to tell you how difficult and painful this decision was, especially during the Lenten season. But after consultation with our Governor and several health and medical officials, and faced with the stark realities regarding the spread of this virus, it became apparent that this dramatic step was critical to making sure we are doing all we can to help curtail the spread of this virus and keep our communities healthy. This extreme measure is a stark reminder of the necessity for all of us to heed the warnings of health and government officials to stay at home.

As Masses have been halted until after Easter, all other activities and events in our parishes must also be canceled or postponed to restrict contact and exposure. Many have asked about keeping our churches open for prayer, Adoration, and Reconciliation. The real answer is that you should remain home. Please understand that we as priests want to be faithful to our responsibility for the care of souls but in doing so not to place people in danger. For the moment that means finding other ways to keep our parishioners connected and spiritually fed through the Word of God, and responding to pastoral emergencies. I implore your understanding and our shared cooperation. Trust me, I look forward to being together to celebrate the sacred mysteries of our faith. It is only under the strictest guidelines for hygiene and safety that Churches may be open for prayer and confession. Priests will try to be available or get the necessary assistance for urgent situations.

I want to leave you with this suggestion: if possible, in consideration of not only your health but the health of all those you might come in contact with, please make every effort to stay home and find other means to stay close to the Lord. This is especially true for those of us with the highest risk for complications from infection. Utilize Catholic media, TV, and St. Gabriel Radio to continue to experience the Mass. Take this opportunity to expand your prayer life.You can find links to much of this information on our website, As we move forward, we will continue adding resources to assist you.

Even in these challenging times, as we all continue our faith journey during Lent, all of us can engage in spiritual communion. A spiritual communion acknowledges that deep sense of loss at not being able to share the sacrament but an act of faith in Jesus’ faithful presence among us as we long for the day when we might share anew in the Lord’s most gracious gift.

Let us be united with ever fervent prayer even as we experience physical “social distancing.” Let us beg God’s help and mercy in this trying time. Indeed let us practice “extreme charity” making these sacrifices for the good of those around us and being aware of the each other’s needs. We pray for all those who are afflicted by this virus or any illness, for all of us who have been impacted, and for those who labor to curb and defeat its effects and keep us safe. We offer all of our sufferings and anxiety to Our Lord Jesus, and united in faith, we pray to be refreshed by his boundless love.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus


March 17th

From the office: Some have inquired about setting up an online giving account. We are re-publishing directions for Online Giving if you would like to set up an account for yourself. By setting up Online Giving, your financial support for the church can continue while we are not attending Mass.

You’ve probably previously read in the bulletin about Online Giving for our parish. It is a really easy process. If you currently set up accounts online (through a newspaper, retail store, etc.), you will not have a problem setting up your online giving account. So easy! Think about it: You can sit down and assign your weekly offering from the comfort of your own home, any time of the day or night! You can set up a one-time offering, or set up several months of offering, or even the entire year! This way you won’t have to deal with forgetting your offertory envelopes for Mass. Who hasn’t done that once or twice?

Below this article, you will see a green button marked “Give Online.” Click the link and it will take you to the sign-up page of our Online Giving. Click the green button, lower right, marked “Create a New Account.” Follow the prompts to set up your account. Then you are ready to contribute your offertory online. You will see each fund available. You need to select “Recurring” or “One Time” for each offering you enter. You will also see all of the special collections we have throughout the year. You may set up your account to draw your donation direct from your checking or bank account, or use your Master Card, VISA, or Discover Card to pay your offering. We are charged about a 3% fee for the use of credit cards. It would be really helpful if you would give an extra dollar, for your credit card offering, to help offset those fees.



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