Welcome

Welcome to the website of Sacred Heart Church in Coshocton, OH. We are a community of Catholic Christians located in Coshocton County, Ohio off Route 16/36 and Route 541 near Roscoe Village in the Diocese of Columbus, OH. We are firmly grounded in Scripture and the Sacraments which we celebrate in our regular and devout celebrations of prayer, traditional devotions and most especially the Mass. Our patron is the Sacred Heart of Jesus as revealed to St. Gertrude and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and we live the active life of the Body of Christ.


After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.  A letter from our pastor is below.

Unfortunately, the church must be kept closed and locked, and we are unable to allow anyone to be in the church, even for private prayer.

Private Masses will be offered on occasion on behalf of the parishioners of Sacred Heart and all the faithful. The Mass intentions already scheduled at least through Easter will be rescheduled at a later time.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO MAIL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS IN TO THE PARISH OFFICE DURING THIS PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY.


Please continue to pray for Bishop Brennan, the diocese and the Universal Church.
To see the latest updates from the diocese and Bishop Brennan:
https://www.columbuscatholic.org/coronavirus-updates


Many people are concerned about what do for Easter and how we can still celebrate it in a reverent way:

In order to assist the faithful to enter into Holy Week more fully, the Office for Divine Worship will have a book of prayers, devotions and activities available online prior to Holy Week. The Office of Social Concerns and the Marriage and Family Life Office have also contributed to the book. The book will be accessible via the Diocesan website at liturgical and prayer resources. Plans are also underway for a Diocesan-wide Parish Mission to take place during the evenings of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. Father Michael Kelly will lead the Mission. Fr. Kelly serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It will be streamed in the evening on all diocesan social media platforms and broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio. Details will be forthcoming.


During these difficult times, we all continue to look for ways to remain close to Jesus, his Blessed Mother, and his Church.

In addition to its online edition, MAGNIFICAT Magazine is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. For free access in Spanish, visit and register at www.magnificat.com/gratis.

There is also available complimentary access to MagnifiKid. Visit www.magnifikid.com/free to view and download each weekly booklet of our colorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6 through 12. While so many children are missing formal religious instruction and are unable to attend Mass, MagnifiKid! can be their special guide, accompanying them through each week as they prepare to attend Mass or watch it at home.


In an effort to keep the Church and her most precious gift (Christ Himself in the Sacrament of the Eucharist) in front of us, we are attaching a link to a site from the Saint Paul Center for Religious Education.

Dr. Scott Hahn and the Saint Paul Center are making available for free for a limited time due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the fact that we are unable to attend Mass at this time, a streaming set of videos called “The Eucharist in Scripture.”

In the absence of being able to receive the gift of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, we should be pained and ache for returning to Mass to receive Communion again.  This is a six session series.  The studies produced by the Saint Paul Center are extremely well done, thorough, and very worthwhile.  I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to help you better understand the mystery of the Eucharist, and its Biblical Foundations.

https://stpaulcenter.com/free-stream/

Here are a couple other links that can help us spiritually during this particular time:

The House of the Lord is Closed but the Glory Has Not Departed

If You Can’t Receive Communion, Make a Spiritual Communion

May the Lord Bless you all in this time of uncertainty, and calm your anxieties.


March 17, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the bishops of the Catholic Conference of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.  This decision has not been taken lightly, and causes great sadness.  However, the bishops are convinced, after consultation with the governor of Ohio and health officials, that this is the most prudent and effective action for us to take.  Obviously, this also means that all in-person activities in our parish (Holy Hours, Stations of the Cross, Meetings of various groups, etc.) are cancelled or postponed.  As far as special celebrations such as First Holy Communion and Confirmation, we will assess that information soon with consultation from the diocese.

As Catholics, in every Sunday Mass we celebrate the Passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord.  The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  In this moment, we are experiencing in a unique way the passion of our Lord as this pandemic prevents us from gathering for the Sunday Eucharist.  In this very difficult time, we encourage the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer.  Sunday remains a holy day, and we encourage the faithful to pray using the rich resources of our faith, including praying as a family or individually, the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours, etc.  We also urge you to participate in prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised live-streamed Mass and make a Spiritual Communion.

In the absence of being able to receive the Eucharist through this time, please try to pray daily this Act of Spiritual Communion (where you can literally imagine you are receiving Holy Communion as you pray it):

“Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You within my soul. I ask pardon for my sins; and since I cannot receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
(Pause – Spiritual Communion)
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.”

It is extremely important that you don’t see this as an opportunity to have “time off” from having to attend Mass.  Take the time on these Sundays to meditate on the Sunday Scripture Readings.  Go deep in this time without public Masses to anticipate and prepare for your next experience of reception of Holy Communion, when we are present with the Lord at the Last Supper and at Calvary.

Because of the lack of public celebration of Mass, it should be obvious that our offertory will suffer in the coming weeks.  We as a parish still need to function to provide for you as much as possible, so we ask that you mail your contribution to us directly.  If you are currently contributing through on-line giving with Faith Direct, continue that practice.  Unfortunately, there are already people being solicited by e-mail, text, and/or phone calls concerning alternate routing of your offertory.  This is a scam—we will not contact you by any of these methods concerning your contribution to the parish.

For current information regarding the decision of the bishops, public celebrations of the Mass, and how the diocese is proceeding, please visit the diocesan website: https://www.columbuscatholic.org/.

Know that I am praying for all of our parishioners, and I ask that you keep me and the parish and school staff in your prayers as well.

Please join in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, for all health care workers, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this situation.  Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our healing and our hope.

In the Peace of Christ,

Fr. Victor, Pastor