Dear Friends in Christ,

During my vacation I was informed that someone I was with while away from the parishes had tested positive for COVID-19. The good news is that since my contact with this individual occurred while I had absolutely no contact with staff or parishioners, no one in the Holy Trinity/Nativity pastoral region has been potentially exposed due to contact with me. As of my writing this letter, I am asymptomatic and have not yet been tested.

However, this does mean that I will self-quarantine for two weeks as a precaution. The office staffs will coordinate to locate priests for weekend Masses for the next two weekends. We will move forward with the new weekend Mass schedule beginning August 15/16. Implementing the new weekday Mass schedule will be delayed until I can safely return. The special 7:45am Mass for the feast of the Assumption on August 15 is cancelled. Please take the opportunity during this time to attend daily Mass at the Holy Spirit Center or at neighboring parishes.

More information about COVID-19 may be obtained at the websites of the Ohio Department of Health ( or the Centers for Disease Control (

Please continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and intercede for all who have been affected. Let us remain united by our Catholic faith in solidarity with others, especially those at risk and most vulnerable.

Thank you again for your continued prayers and  support.

In Christ through Mary and Joseph,


Father Eric


Holy Trinity/Nativity Pastoral Region


As we resume public worship at Holy Trinity on May 25, a few important items to note.

Archbishop Schnurr has extended the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass until further notice. This means that although we will have public Mass again, there is no obligation to come. Those who are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness should not attend. If illness is very serious please contact the parish office to arrange for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

Furthermore, since the Sunday obligation is suspended, and social distancing requirements reduce the seating capacity of the church, those that can attend Mass during the week are strongly encouraged to do so. Please consider deferring Sundays for those that are otherwise unable to attend weekday Mass due to work, transportation needs, etc.

All Masses, including daily Mass, will be in the church. Seating at Mass will only be every third pew. These pews will be marked with tape. These pews will be wiped down with water and wood soap after each Mass. Only the front doors and the parking lot side doors will be unlocked for entry to reduce the burden of sanitizing those entryways.

There will be no public Masses celebrated in the day chapel.  The day chapel is set for social distancing confessions, which will be by appointment only.  Penitents should enter and exit the day chapel for confession only through the door to the parking lot. Please do not walk through the sacristy. 

Other liturgies, including weddings and confirmations, will be rescheduled at a later date. Hopefully in a month or so the restrictions on distancing will be reduced and more people will be able to participate and celebrate together these milestone moments in the life of faith. In the meantime, we will begin the process of scheduling memorial Masses for those who have died during the shelter at home period. Families are encouraged to contact the parish office to discuss details. These and upcoming funeral Masses will observe the social distancing and sanitation guidelines until further notice.

Due to the concerted effort of many generous parishioners, we have done much better financially than many other parishes. Anyone may continue to send in contributions by mail and, of course, consider signing up for electronic giving if you haven’t already done so. There will be no baskets passed for the collection, however a secure drop box will be available in the church for donations. 

As your pastor I cannot adequately express how grateful I am for your patience and perseverance during this time. Let us continue to pray for relief and recovery for all those affecting and for a final end to the pandemic. Mary, Help of Christians and Mother of the Church, pray for us!

Father Eric Roush


Following the Ohio governor’s statement, increased concern over the coronavirus worldwide, including confirmed cases in Ohio, Archbishop Schnurr has issued strict guidelines.  

Here at Holy Trinity we are instructed as follows:

1.    Practice good hygiene.  

2.    Do not hold hands during the Our Father.

3.    The Sign of Peace will be omitted.

4.    The chalice will not be distributed.

5.    Communion will not be distributed on the tongue.

6.    All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are  dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass until Pentecost further notice.

7.    As is always the case, if you are sick or experiencing serious symptoms of sickness then you are not obliged to attend Mass.  It is an act of charity, in fact, to stay home and not spread the sickness.

All scheduled Masses have resumed.


Tras la declaración del gobernador de Ohio, la creciente preocupación por el coronavirus en todo el mundo, incluidos los casos confirmados en Ohio, el Arzobispo Schnurr ha emitido guias estrictas.

Aquí en Holy Trinity hasta finales de Marzo se nos instruye de la siguiente manera:

1.    Practique buena higiene.  

2.    No se tomen de la mano durante el Padre Nuestro.

3.    El signo de paz será omitido.

4.    El cáliz no se distribuirá.

5.    La Comunión no se distribuirá en la lengua.

6. Todos los Católicos en la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati están exentos de su obligación de asistir a la Misa Dominical hasta el Domingo de Ramos, el 5 de Abril.

Como siempre es el caso, si está enfermo o experimenta síntomas graves de enfermedad, entonces no está obligado a asistir a Misa. De hecho, es un acto de caridad quedarse en casa y no propagar la enfermedad.