Dear Brothers and Sisters,
For over a year we have dealt with the challenges presented by the Covid-19 virus. We have witnessed the dedication of many people, bringing us to the announcement this week from Governor DeWine that on June 2 most Covid-19 emergency health orders will be lifted. How far we have come together. So many signs have accompanied our journey. These “signs” are examples to us of the best of humanity. Although we have also experienced tragedy and loss, the underlying support and encouragement is our witness that God has journeyed this pandemic with us.

We celebrate the Ascension of the Lord this weekend. Jesus says: “signs will accompany those who believe” (Mk 16:17) and “you will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8) Let us not try to close the door on this past year, but rather reflect upon and share the graces that we experienced. What are those “signs” in your own life that gave you reassurance of God’s presence? How have you been called to be a “sign” of that presence to others?

Let us keep in mind that because we have worked hard, and a sense of normalcy is just around the corner. However, we should continue to be vigilant in our health choices and be open to providing compassion and support to others. Laziness can easily creep into our lives and catch us off guard. Let us be attentive to good responsible social practices and the awareness of the needs of others.

At the time of me writing this newsletter, I have not heard any response from the Diocese regarding changes to the practices for attending Mass and other church activities. I’m sure that Bishop Malesic will provide us with guidance for a transition of practices by June 2. We will do our best until then to follow the current practices of social distancing and mask wearing. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

At the time you receive this letter, I will be recovering from surgery in the hospital for several days before returning to the rectory to continue convalescing. Thank you for your well wishes and prayers, and please also remember in prayerful gratitude Fr. Deo and the other priests who will be helping us during my time of recovery.

These beautiful spring days should give us all encouragement to witness the awesomeness of God. Remember that each of us are products of men and women throughout history that have celebrated that presence. Let us do our part to spread the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.

Christ Peace!
Fr. Workman