Updated: April 2, 2020
Following the directives of the Governor of Ohio and the Catholic Diocese of Toledo in recent days, Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, Pastor & Local Superintendent of St. Peter’s, has directed the following effective immediately out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our parishioners, students, parents, and staff.
Parish Office Closed
Due to the “Stay at Home” order issued by Gov. Mike DeWine the parish office is now closed and parish staff members are working remotely except for essential needs only. If you need to call the parish, please do so and leave a message. If there is an emergency and someone is in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call (419) 524-2572, and press 4.
Celebration of Mass
Sunday and weekday Masses have been canceled through May 3rd, 2020.
St. Peter’s will continue to broadcast a Sunday Mass from St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on WMFD-TV. The Mass will also be streamed to our website (mansfieldstpeters.org) YouTube, and Facebook pages.
Statement from Ohio Catholic Conference
On 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 3rd. The Bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this time period.
This decision has not been taken lightly and, as your bishops, together with you, we recognize the sacrifice we are called to make by being physically distanced from the Holy Eucharist and from one another.
Trusting in the graces flowing from the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord, we remain mindful of the hope that does not disappoint. As your bishops, we continue to encourage you to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in Sunday Mass by way of televised, live-streamed, or radio broadcast options and making a spiritual communion. Keeping in mind the gift of plenary indulgences offered to us by the Church, we encourage all the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer, praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours and Stations of the Cross, etc.
Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from the Coronavirus, for all health care workers and first responders, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this pandemic. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we trust in the glorious hope of His resurrection.
Easter Bake Sale Activities
Our pierogi sale will still happen on Saturday, March 14, as scheduled from 9 a.m. until Noon. The Cabbage Roll Pre-Sale will continue as planned on Thursday, March 19, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, since the perishable goods were already on campus. We are canceling all other Easter Bake Sale prep events, and the sale scheduled for April 6 & 7th.
St. Peter’s School
- All school-related extracurricular activities are canceled starting Friday, March 13 until April 3.
- St. Peter’s students who reside inside Mansfield City Schools will be able to participate in their breakfast/lunch program. Parents will need to register (Google Form).
- Our school facilities will be closed to non-essential personnel starting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, except for the Franciscan Activity Center, which will be open on Election Day for voting.
St. Peter’s Parish
- All parish ministries and meetings are canceled as long as the school closures are in effect.
- The Parish School of Religion Classes have been canceled for the rest of the year.
- Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should contact Angie Dillon or call the Parish Center office if they are unable to attend Mass.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I live stream Mass from St. Peter’s?
A: During this extraordinary time, we will live stream Mass to the faithful through our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/stpetersmansfieldoh/live and also on our parish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mansfield.St.Peters/. The live stream should start about five minutes before scheduled Mass times.
You can also watch a broadcast of Sunday Mass on WMFD-TV at 9:30 a.m. (Not from St. Peter’s.)
Q: I still want to drop off my weekly contribution of stewardship. How do I do that?
A: We are very thankful for your willingness to continue your stewardship during this period. You can continue to support St. Peter’s through one of three options.
1) Mail your weekly stewardship gift to the Parish Center office. If you are a weekly giver, you can write one check for multiple weeks.
2) Sign up for electronic giving. You can give via a checking account or credit card. You can make a one-time gift or sign up for recurring gifts on a schedule that is convenient for you.
3) Use your bank’s online bill pay system.