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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 5/19/20

Hello St. Joseph Falcon Families,

These next two weeks will finish up our 2019-2020 school year.  We greatly thank you for working through these unprecedented, unusual times and new circumstances with us because you know, we can't spell success without yoU!

Please keep our Class of 2020 in your prayers as we recognize and celebrate their exit from St. Joseph Parish School and wish them the best moving onto high school.

We are thankful for the many comments we received from last week's video.  Now we need your help!  Please have your St. Joe Falcons dress in St. Joe attire and take a picture of them demonstrating love - maybe they write it like in the pics on our video or perhaps they show it in sign language or maybe you have an even more creative way for them to demonstrate love.  We'll post this "assignment" in the SJS Falcon News Classroom so that pics can be uploaded there.  However, pictures can also be emailed to Mrs. DePasquale [email protected] or Miss Fearon [email protected] or Mrs. Mack [email protected].  We ask these to be submitted by Tuesday, May 26 and look forward to receiving more great pictures of our St. Joseph Falcons!

Check out this link any time today through Friday, May 29 for the Diocesan-wide Virtual Field Day!  Our own Miss Verbanik has contributed to the event with Flip the Pillow!  Please send any photos to [email protected] and/or directly to the Diocese on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @doccathschools.  Have fun!

May brings us together as Catholics to honor our Blessed Mother Mary.  Please pray with us by checking out the SJS Falcon News Classroom tomorrow for a beautiful Marian Prayer Service planned by Mrs. Kaminski's 2nd grade, Mrs.Selvaggio, and Mrs. Wenmoth.

We'll have another weekly email next week and will continue throughout the summer to keep you updated and informed as we get more information regarding the return to school for the 2020-21 school year.


For safety purposes, we ask that only one family member come to the grade level arranged turn-in tables. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Families with Last Names beginning with A and  including through L may come between 10:00 - 11:00 AM OR 2:00 - 3:00 PM

*If students or other children are with you, they must remain in the vehicle.  We thank you for your cooperation with this procedure.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Families with Last Names beginning with M and including through Z may come between 10:00 - 11:00 AM OR 2:00 - 3:00 PM

*If students or other children are with you, they must remain in the vehicle.  We thank you for your cooperation with this procedure.


Mrs. Mack will have her own station to turn in all tech supplies - devices, cords, and cases.  


Return your child(ren)’s UNIFORM IN A PLASTIC BAG WITH THEIR NAME ON IT when you return the rest of your ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL MATERIALS.


Any questions about Materials Turn-in should be emailed to Miss Fearon [email protected] and/or Mrs. DePasquale [email protected]

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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