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Divine Worship and Sacraments Contact:

100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-263-6609
Fax: 513-421-1582

Jeremy Helmes

Matthew Geerlings
Archdiocesan Music Director

Monica Sellers
Administrative Assistant

Resumption of Public Worship (COVID-19)

Public worship may begin in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Monday, May 25. Each parish/region should offer at least one public Mass daily. Pastors may determine whether it is necessary and prudent to celebrate more than one Mass on Saturday and Sunday. 


The Catholic faithful who reside in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and all other Catholics in the archdiocese continue to be dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. Those who are at risk or fearful that they or their family might become sick are encouraged to stay home and join the Church by viewing live-streamed Masses.


In all circumstances, appropriate social distancing and the regulations put forth by public health authorities must be observed. 

Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship

Social Distancing and Health Safety – Specific Recommendations and Strategies for Implementation

Letter from Archbishop Schnurr, May 8, 2020

Letter from the Catholic Conference of Ohio, May 8, 2020

Additional Topics (posted as they are developed)

Wearing of Masks

Holy Communion on the Tongue

Holy Communion to the Sick

Christian Initiation (General)

Live-streaming/Televising Mass (USCCB)

Copyright Permissions for Worship Aids (USCCB)

Music Suggestions

Plenary Indulgences

General Absolution (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

Worship & Sacraments Resource Roundtable

Music Ministry (May 13)

Initiation (May 14)

Mass Formulary: Mass in Time of Pandemic

The Holy See has released a new Mass formulary. The usual guidelines for the use of Masses for Various Needs and Occasions apply to this Mass. Note that the rubric at the beginning of the Mass indicates days when it may not be used; otherwise permission for its use is generous.

Live-Stream Mass

Livestream to View Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains

Readings of the Day for Mass

Other Liturgical Resources

Liturgy of the Hours Online

Spiritual Communion

Since you are unable to receive Holy Communion during this time, you can make this prayer of Spiritual Communion, a source of grace in the midst of difficulty:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

A Prayer of Pope Francis to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,

with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that,

as you did at Cana of Galilee,

joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the Father’s will

and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,

through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.