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May 14, 2020

Dear Parishioners,


On May 10, the Diocese of Cleveland released new guidelines on the public celebration of Mass.  I, like many of you, am very eager for the public celebration of Mass to resume. Many of you might be asking, “how will Mass resume?” or “what Masses will resume?” or even, “what changes will there be in the celebration of Mass?” Here are some answers.

First, daily weekday Masses will resume May 25, Memorial Day.  Since this is a holiday Mass, it will take place at 8am in the Church. 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, daily weekday Masses will now be celebrated Monday-Friday in the CHURCH at 8:45am.  Due to the capacity limitations of the Rectory Chapel and its location in a residence, this change will ensure a safe celebration of the Mass.

The celebration of Mass on May 30-31 will make for an eventful weekend! If all goes according to plan, the 5pm Mass on May 30 will include a First Communion, May Crowning, and the initiation of the RCIA Candidates. We will also celebrate First Communion and May Crowning at all Masses on May 31.  

There will be many changes to procedures during the weekend Masses including ushered seating, no hymnals or missals, new communion traffic patterns, etc.  Click here to read about changes.  Please be attentive and work to adhere to these guidelines for your safety and the safety of others. 

I ask for everyone’s patience as we work through this time to balance caring for the congregation’s safety and creating a meaningful celebration of the Eucharist.  

Please note, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday mass remains in effect until further notice.  If you have reservations about attending Mass due to age, illness, or underlying health reasons; please err on the side of caution and stay home.  Masses will continue to be available online, on EWTN, and on The Rock AM 1260.

Please remember when visiting the Church to maintain social distancing and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you in advance for doing your part. 

~God’s Blessings,  Fr. Jared Orndorff, Pastor


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Message from Mrs. DePasquale 5/30/20

Good morning, St. Joseph Families,

Thank you for your Falcon-tastic cooperation with our end of the year Materials Turn-in this past week.  It was great to chat and catch up with everyone.  We know you are anxiously awaiting :) our survey, but we received valuable comments this week that we felt should be incorporated into it.  Please be sure to complete the survey when you receive it early next week.  Email and One Call will continue to be our form of communication over this summer as we'll want to keep you as up to date as possible regarding the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.  Please also keep in mind that modifying for a potential new norm will take all of us working together and as such we will be asking for some parents to consider being part of stakeholder Re-open Teams.  If you have an area of expertise that you would be willing to contribute time to in our planning, please email Mrs. DePasquale at [email protected].  If you need to reach Mrs. DePasquale over the summer months, she can also be reached by call or text at 234 - 206 - 0151.

Currently, we are working through possible options/plans that will allow our students to return safely to St. Joe's for the 2020-21 year, ideally having all students on campus.  However, we are also planning as we await guidelines from Gov. DeWine that may include reduced class sizes,  and we also want to be able to accommodate our families that may choose to continue to have their child learn from home but as a member of our Falcon family.  

At this time, we are proud to announce the 2019-2020 recipients of our Christian Awards.  Please remember as they vote, the students are encouraged to keep in mind not only the Tenets of a St. Joseph Student, but also those students who consistently model the example of Jesus Christ in all aspects of their lives.

Young Christian Awards:

  1.  Ryan Gaffney, Hannah Heckman

  2. Kathryn Booker, Dominic Maccarelli

  3. Andrew Gaffney, Maggie Ruegg

  4.  Christopher Davis, Rebekah Horak

  5. Kennedy Filipczak, Grady Lehman

Christian Leadership Awards:

      6.  Elizabeth Mack, Ryan Tackett

      7.   Connor Maxwell, Elena Rizzo

      8.  Katelyn Bailey, Andrew Tackett  (4-time recipient!)

Congratulations to these students - your St. Joseph Parish School community is proud of your example to us!

Mrs. Mack will also be sending out an end of year video from our Stu Crew President, Erika Schmitt.  Please take time with your children to enjoy this message and reminisce about this unusual year with Distance Learning.  Though this was our "First Attempt In Learning" in this environment, it was far from a F.A.I.L. because we WERE able to spell success with yoU!

Stay safe and healthy, keep the faith, and God bless!


 Links from the Diocese of Cleveland Regarding Education

Tuition assistance application deadlines extended for 2020-2021 school year 04/01/20

Catholic educators innovate, create positive atmosphere digitally during unexpected shift to online instruction 03/31/20

A message from Frank O’Linn, superintendent of schools, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland 03/30/20



Information from the Diocese of Cleveland Information from the State of Ohio

For the latest information from the Diocese about COVID-19, visit


Press Releases from the Diocese of Cleveland

Parishes prepare for a ‘new normal’ when public celebration of Mass resumes 5/13/20

An update on resuming public Masses from Father Don Oleksiak, diocesan administrator 5/12/20 

New webpage offers a path to renewing Catholic life

Catholic bishops extend suspension of publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies through May 29

 USCCB president calls for national moment of prayer on Good Friday; faithful encouraged to pray Litany of the Sacred Heart - 04/05/20

A Holy Week message from Father Don Oleksiak, diocesan administrator - 04/03/20

Catholic bishops of Ohio extend suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies - 04/02/20

Soup and Stations: Keeping Lent in our home and adapting traditions - 04/01/20

A message from Father Don Oleksiak, diocesan administrator - 03/27/20

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland launches Emergency Response Fund to support parish response to those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic - 03/26/20

Coronavirus pandemic has similarities to 1918 flu epidemic - 03/22/20

Holy Father grants plenary indulgence for victims of coronavirus as well as those who pray for them 03/21/20

A message from Father Don Oleksiak, Diocesan Administrator - 03/20/20

Additional guidance for the faithful during the current health crisis from the Diocese of Cleveland - 03/17/20

Ohio bishops suspend publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies through Holy Week/Easter - 03/16/20

Livestreamed, taped, television and radio broadcasts of Masses are available

Updated coronavirus directives from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland- 03/12/20

Latest information on actions concerning the coronavirus from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland - 03/12/20

Liturgical precautions in wake of coronavirus - 03/10/20




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Preventative measures

The ODH provides the following information outlining precautionary measures that people should take. These precautions are the same commonsense hygiene precautions recommended to prevent the flu, including:

  • Avoid close contact with sick persons.
  • Cover mouth/nose with tissue/sleeve when coughing/sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing/sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth after touching objects.
  • Practice good health habits (clean home, adequate sleep, healthy stress management).

Thank you for taking the preventative measures prescribed by our public health officials to protect or community.


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