Friday, April 3, 2020
Catholic bishops of Ohio extend suspension of all publicly celebrated Mass/liturgies
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today (April 2, 2020) Governor Mike DeWine extended the executive “Stay at Home Order” to continue to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the State of Ohio. Out of deep concern for the common good, as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor’s direction.

To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through - and including - Sunday, May 3.

Schedule, broadcast times announced for 2020 Holy Week liturgies
Although churches remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended temporarily, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is offering opportunities for the faithful to view and privately participate in Holy Week liturgies.

The livestreamed and taped liturgies will be available on the diocesan website.

A private Palm Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from the Mater Ecclesiae Chapel in the diocessan office building at 9:30 a.m. on April 5.

A message from Frank O'Linn, superintendent of schools, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Hello. I’m Frank O’Linn, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, with a message for our Catholic school parents and community:

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the extension of the initial closure of all schools, extending it to at least May 1 in order to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and remain socially distanced until it subsides. Catholic schools have always educated in partnership with parents, and these extraordinary times are no exception.

So, you're a home-schooler now
The ranks of the home-schooling have grown exponentially in the last, well, yesterday.

As an accidental home-schooler myself (for the past 12 years), I figured I’d share a few tips on how we manage the home-school day with various age groups. Hopefully, you can look at what works for our family and use that to figure out what will work for yours.

Toddlers and preschoolers

I don’t recommend attempting to home-school toddlers (or even preschoolers), but the key is allowing them to think you are. So we have a few special “school” items that the under 5 set are allowed to play with during school time only.

Catholic educators innovate, create positive atmosphere digitally during unexpected shift to online instruction
Since March 13, parents, students, teachers, aftercare providers and entire neighborhoods have scrambled to understand what it would mean to wake up the next morning and not get ready for school.

In less than four weeks, entire school communities rapidly responded to a virus that is less than four months old.

Within hours of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announcing a statewide school closure, principals and administrative teams for the . . .

Tuition assistance application deadlines extended for 2020-2021 school year
Although schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and almost every student nationwide is being enriched through some form of distance learning, plans for tuition funding at the state and local levels for the 2020-2021 academic year have been established.

For the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, three application windows for parents and families seeking tuition assistance and scholarship funding are open. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the application deadlines were extended.

Soup and Stations: Keeping Lent in our home and adapting traditions
The third trimester of my pregnancy with oldest daughter was challenging. I was miserable, nauseous and in terrible physical pain. It was also during Lent. I had mixed emotions: joy because of the new life being formed, yet frustrations with the sacrifices that continued to be asked of me.

Many of these same sentiments have resurfaced in recent weeks with COVID-19. I have seen social media postings stating things such as, “the Lentiest Lent Ever” and we certainly know that is not true. The question I currently face is how do we keep Lent in our home and Church?

And finally...
Did you know St. Augustine Hunger Center will be serving thousands of meals to those in need on Easter Sunday, April 12? Drivers are needed to deliver meals. There will be no contact with meal recipients.
 
Remember that daily Mass is livestreamed at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on the diocesan website.
 
Since the April 3 meeting was cancelled, the First Friday Club of Greater Akron is sharing links to five of its inspirational programs about faith, hope, family and perseverance in difficult times.
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