Saint Cyprian Catholic Church

COVID-19 Update

(Updated 5/12/2020)

Cleveland Diocese Churches begin opening for weekday Mass starting May 25th

Father Don Oleksiak has announced that the parishes within the Diocese of Cleveland may reopen for public celebration of weekday Masses starting on May 25th, 2020. Public celebration of Sunday Mass will resume the weekend of May 30th & 31st, 2020.

For the health and safety of all, additional guidelines will be observed when public Mass celebration resumes. Please visit for additional details.

The dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continues to remain in effect.

Please see below for Fr. Oleksiak's letter here: Letter To The Faithful

Watch Sunday Mass

May 31st, 2020

Father George's Letter to the Parish

May 19th, 2020

My dear Brothers and Sisters! Many of us, or maybe everyone, is feeling tired of the rigorous atmosphere of fear of spreading of the corona virus. The "stay at home" direction has been going on for over two months. Churches closed and as well as other social places. It is getting harder and harder, and we have come to feel like we are "cut off from the world." For all of us, who are a faithful people, the inability to receive the sacraments is particularly troublesome. The positive in the whole situation is the "necessity" of spending more time with family and strengthening our relationships with each other. We have also had the opportunity to devote more time to prayer and reflection.

There is a spark of hope for change, as we received the words of Christ from the sixth Easter Sunday Gospel: "I will not leave you orphans"! The Bishops of Ohio and our Administrator Fr. Oleksiak decided to open the churches on the Solemnity of Pentecost, that is on the last weekend of May. Although there are still restrictions, it is important, that we will be able to celebrate Mass together and open our hearts to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That strengthens us in faith and builds stronger bonds among the members of Christ's Church.

We should also try to remember our devotion to the Blessed Mother during the month of May. A touching moment was a prayer on the 103rd Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima - the 13th May. And unlike past years, we honored all our mothers on the second Sunday of May, just is a slightly different way. I am convinced that spiritual gifts we offered to our mothers this year were more pronounced than an armful of flowers.

Brothers and Sisters! I have observed and heard of many signals that as a Parish Family, we regularly pray in our virtual space, remembering each other, supporting each other in difficult times and enjoying and sharing many positive moments with one another. Thank you all for staying with God, strengthening your relationship with Him and with each other. I am extremely thankful that we are One Family, showing that community and mutual support strengthens our faith and brings us closer to God.

Brothers and Sisters! I also thank you for your material concern for our Parish, for your financial support, for every gesture, that shows your willingness to help! Using this opportunity to communicate with all our parishioners, and at the same time to think about a faster and easier way to communicate in the future, please update the enclosed data, such as your current phone number and / or your email address. It will be a great help in the future to increase the effectiveness of our communication between the Parish office and each member of our community. Please fill out the details and send this information to the Parish office or put to the collection basket during the weekend Masses. During this Resurrection Season we can see that the springtime and Nature comes to life. They are strong signs that we, too, should be awakened to a renewed life, renewed in our Master - the Risen Christ! Alleluia!!!

Please check regularly our Parish website: for current announcements!

May God bless you all!

Fr. George with deacons: Andy, Jay and George

Guidelines for attending Mass at St. Cyprian

May 19th, 2020

Below are detailed guidelines regarding restrictions that we should observe when attending Mass:

  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect! Those who are sick or symptomatic, everybody who does not feel good or is afraid, should stay home!

  • We encourage everyone to take your temperature prior to coming to Mass. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or more should stay home.

  • Please wash hands at home. Hand sanitizer will be available at each entrance.

  • Entry/exit doors should be propped open before and after Mass to prevent people from touching the door handles.

  • Parishioners over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask except for the moment of receiving Holy Communion.

  • Families may sit together but are to maintain six feet of distance between their family and other families or individuals throughout the celebration of Mass.

  • Offertory processions are suspended.

  • The Sign of Peace is to be omitted for the time being.

  • There must be a physical distance of at least 6 feet in all directions between individuals in the Communion Procession.

  • When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask below the chin and present one hand resting in the palm of the other. After responding “Amen,” place the Eucharist in your mouth and immediately replace your mask.

  • Distribution of the Precious Blood to the assembly is suspended until further notice.

  • Collection baskets must not be passed from one person to another. Stationary baskets must be used for donations. We will place the collection baskets close to the entrances.

  • Congregational singing and choral singing is temporarily suspended. Church choir rehearsals are not permitted until further notice. In keeping with this directive, the psalms, acclamations, dialogs, and responses of the Mass are to be spoken, not sung.

Preparations & guidelines for resuming daily Mass celebration

From the Diocese of Cleveland, below are some of the guidelines the faithful should expect before, during and after Mass when they return to their churches later this month:

  • Attendance at Masses will be limited to less than 50% of the capacity of the church. Parishioners should register with their parish so they can be notified about any special conditions or limitations at their parish.

  • There will be physical distancing with specific seating patterns that allow for a minimum of six feet of space on all sides. Pews will be taped or cordoned off and ushers/volunteers may help guide people to appropriate seating.

  • Those attending Mass should plan to wear a face mask or cloth face covering and those who are ill or symptomatic are asked to stay home.

  • Offertory processions are suspended and collection baskets will not be passed during Mass.

  • The sign of peace is to be omitted.

  • There will be changes to the distribution of Communion, including both ordinary and extraordinary ministers sanitizing their hands before and after distributing Communion, no distribution of the Precious Blood to lay liturgical ministers or the assembly until further notice and maintaining social distancing in the Communion line. Masks/face coverings are to be worn and pulled below the chin before receiving the Eucharist, then replaced.

  • It is recommended that the faithful receive Communion in their hand until the pandemic is over.

  • After Mass, the congregation should leave in an organized manner, wearing masks/face coverings and observing social distancing of at least six feet between other households.

  • No receptions or social gatherings are to take place after Mass.

  • Parishes have been educated about the increased need for cleaning and sanitation practices. Pews and other high-traffic areas of the church are to be wiped down/cleaned before the next service.

  • The dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation will continue. Those who do not feel safe attending Mass in person are encouraged to watch a livestreamed or broadcast liturgy or to listen to a Mass on the radio. Parishioners also are encouraged to stay in contact with each other through phone, mail or other platforms.

Please visit for additional information and details.

Updated Parish Office Hours

For health and safety, throughout the duration of Ohio's stay at home order, the Parish office will only be open on Mondays.

We will continue checking voicemails and messages daily!

Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Any new changes will be posted as soon as available.

Thank you!

Prayer During the Coronavirus

Downloadable Prayer Card

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,

Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.

We fly to you today as your beloved children.

We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,

as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,

and gain for our nation and world,

and for all our families and loved ones,

the protection of your holy angels,

that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,

we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.

Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,

wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,

teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.

Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,

knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,

health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,

keep us in the embrace of your arms,

help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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Automatic Weekly Offerings

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Contributions can be automatically debited from your checking or savings account. If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you no longer need to write out 52 checks a year. This program will allow your weekly or monthly contributions to continue on an uninterrupted basis when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending Mass.

Please print the form and send in the mail or drop it off in the mailbox at the Church. For your online safety, please do not submit a form containing your financial information via email. If you have any questions, please give us a call or email our Parish Secretary, Kelly Krause, for more information.

Thank you for your generosity!

Our Mission:

As a Christian community of believers inspired by the Holy Spirit, we, the members of St. Cyprian Roman Catholic Parish, strive to serve each others’ spiritual and temporal needs. As Christ reached out to others, let us also reach out in His love to embrace and accept all within the community. Let us always encourage ad support the commitment of family unity, imitating the lives of the Holy Family. May the Holy Spirit fill our hearts and enlighten us with the love for God and neighbor.

4223 Middle Ridge Road

Perry, Ohio 44081


Fr George Kusy | Pastor

Andrew J Novak | Deacon

James F Daley Jr | Deacon

George P Malec | Deacon

Rosemary Stash | Director of Religious Education

Kelly Krause | Parish Secretary

Parish Office Hours:

Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

During the stay at home order the Parish office will only be open on Mondays. Voicemails and messages will be checked daily.

St. Cyprian Parish Council Constitution