In Response to the Current Health Crisis

Update - December 10

With the number of COVID cases rising every day, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person, non-liturgical activities through January 31.

The Mass is the most important thing that we do. Having to lock our doors to public liturgies in the spring was awful. That being said, Advent and Christmas are particularly busy and wonderfully rich times in our liturgical year. We are hopeful that by temporarily taking away “non-essential” activities that we will be able to keep our doors open for all of the prayer and worship opportunities of the season.

To clarify, all liturgical activities (Mass, confession, exposition, holy hours, etc.) will remain as scheduled. We encourage you to avail yourself of the many liturgical opportunities throughout the coming weeks. You can find all those here.

Are you struggling to make a decision on when to return to Mass?

Perhaps this information could help you:

  • St. Max is currently offering 5 weekend Mass times. We added a 6:30 AM Mass which will continue temporarily to help with the possibility of overcrowding.
  • We see 99-100% compliance at each Mass time from each person in regards to wearing a face covering as is mandated by the state of Ohio.
  • Our attendance for January 23 & 24  was as follows: (this will be updated each week)
    4:30 PM: 281
    6:30 AM: 82
    8:00 AM: 212
    10:00 AM: 389
    12:00 PM: 320
  • There is hand sanitizer and wipes located in the gathering space and around the perimeter of the worship space for your convenience.
  • Worship aids are not reused from one Mass to the next. New worship aids are set out for each Mass time.
  • The collection baskets are not passed from person to person. We have new stationery collection bins located on either side of the baptismal font in which donations are collected.
  • Every pew gets sanitized after each Mass, including after weekday Masses, funerals or other prayer gatherings.
  • Each distributor of Holy Communion is wearing a mask and uses hand sanitizer before distribution begins.
  • Every other pew is roped off to allow for 6 foot distancing
  • All pew sections are open to allow for everyone to spread out throughout the entire worship space. For the 6:30 AM Sunday Mass, which is has less than 100 people in attendance, a few sections are roped off to keep them clean for the following Mass.

If you have any questions about how St. Max is continuing to follow safety protocols during this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Live Streaming

Until you are ready to return in person, we embrace this opportunity to celebrate Mass with you virtually. Remember, everyone is dispensed from their obligation at this time. Keep participating in our liturgies online at www.saint-max.org/StreamSpot, Facebook LIVE or YouTube LIVE.  There is always an accompanying worship aid available online for Sunday Masses and other special feast days!

Our Current Schedule

Now that our liturgies are once again open to the public, we have returned to our regular Mass and confession schedule. 

Mass Schedule
Mon-Sat: 8:30 AM
Tues & Thurs: 6:30 AM
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 6:30 AM (temporary), 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Please note we have temporarily added a 6:30 AM Mass on Sunday to help with over crowding. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday: After the 6:30 AM Mass
Thursday: After the 8:30 AM Mass & 6:00 - 6:45 PM
Saturday:  After the 8:30 AM Mass & 3:00 - 4:00 PM
We will also return to using the confessional.  The set up will be altered so as to minimize contact with the space as well as other people.

The main church building will be open daily until 8:00 PM and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel will remain open 24/7.

Live Stream Holy Hour and Divine Mercy Chaplet
Pray with us online on Thursdays at 3:00 PM as we live stream a holy hour! We will begin this holy hour by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet together. 

Our Live Stream

The parish office is open on a limited basis. We are asking everyone to please wear a mask and that only one person be in the office lobby at a time. You may wait in the gathering space until it is your turn. Hand sanitizer will also be available for you to use.

Temporary Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - Noon
 

Even when the office is closed to the public, the parish staff is working full time hours and will continue to check our email and  voicemails, so, please, do not hesitate to call if you have any questions, needs, or concerns. Call 513-777-4322 or email web@saint-max.org. If you are looking for a specific email address of one of our staff members or their extension you can find it at www.saint-max.org/staff or for our clergy at  www.saint-max.org/clergy.