Coronavirus: Bishops suspend public Masses in Ohio through May 29

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr STAFF FILE
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr STAFF FILE

The Catholic Conference of Ohio has now suspended all public Masses in the state through May 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The conference led by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati — which includes the Miami Valley — announced Tuesday that it extended its dispensation to Ohio Catholics from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass.

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The bishops’ announcement came after the DeWine administration made some modifications to its stay at home order to allow the reopening of some parts of the economy beginning May 1.

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During the suspension, the archdiocese will continue to broadcast a private Mass from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati.

Daily Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Each Mass will be streamed live on the archdiocese's website and on its Facebook page.

The Ohio conference previously gave a dispensation to Ohio Catholics from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through March 29, then that dispensation was extended to Easter, April 12, then to May 3, before Tuesday’s extension to May 29.

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