Coronavirus Resources

We are here for you. We are praying for you.

On Saturday, March 21, Governor DeWine asked every citizen to make their daily choices based on doing whatever they could do to stop the spread of this terrible virus. Beyond social distancing and washing our hands, he asked us to stay home as much as possible, and make best choices to keep ourselves, our families and our community safe – as well as stopping the spread of COVID -19. Listed on this page is some best information for you and our community. We need to work together (as we always do) to keep each other healthy and safe. The more we step our best practices, the sooner we can come back together at the Table of the Lord.

Together, let us work to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ to bring health, healing, care, compassion, and Christ’s peace to our community and our world.

Let us use these Lenten days to hold ourselves in prayer and reflect on the Cross of Christ. We are planning wonderful ways to provide you with hope, inspiration and opportunities to walk through Lent together. Stay tuned!

This is a challenging and uncertain time for all of us. If we can be of help in any way, please contact frbob@thefest.us or 330-460-7300.

Resources

We have volunteers who are able to do some grocery shopping and/or additional errands for you if you are at risk of going out. Or, if you are able to help in any way, please let us know.

Please contact Lisa atLhomady@StAmbrose.us and let us know how we can help.

Help, resources, and ways to take care of yourself.

Source: Ohio Department of Health

Need to talk to someone?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

The PEER Center Warm Line
(614) 358-TALK (8255), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY)

Ohio Crisis Text Line
Text the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line
1-877-275-6364 (to find resources in your community)

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services COVID-19 resources: https://mha.ohio.gov/Health-Professionals/About-Mental-Health-and-Addiction-Treatment/Emergency-Preparedness/Coronavirus


Support Groups and Apps

For Families
The Addict’s Parents United: www.tapunited.org
Al-Anon Electronic Meetings: al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/

Help for Problem Gambling
Problem Gambling Network of Ohio: https://pgnohio.org/what-we-do/resources-for-problem-gamblers.html
Gamblers Anonymous Hotline Number: 855-2CALLGA (855-222-5542)
Phone-in meetings: https://800gambler.org/help-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Recovery Support Groups
Narcotics Anonymous Online Meetings: https://www.narcotics.com/narcotics-anonymous/narcotics-anonymous-online-meetings/
Smart Recovery: smartrecovery.org/
eAA: e-aa.org/
Al-Anon Electronic Meetings: al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/
Lionrock Behavioral Health Online AA Meetings and Drug & Alcohol Support Groups: https://www.lionrockrecovery.com/online-aa-meetings-and-support-groups
In The Rooms global recovery community: https://www.intherooms.com/home/category/community-and-meetings/

Recovery App
Sober Grid: https://www.sobergrid.com/

General Health and Wellness Resources

In-Home Physical Fitness
Planet Fitness: https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness/
Gold’s Gym: https://www.goldsgym.com/anywhere/
Do Yoga with Me: https://www.doyogawithme.com/

Healthy Habits
ActiveHealth Webinar: Strategies to Cope and Healthy Habits During Coronavirus: activehealth.webex.com
Better You, Better Ohio! Bureau of Workers’ Compensation health and wellness program: https://info.bwc.ohio.gov/wps/portal/bwc/site/safety/resources/health-and-wellness-program
Statewide Meditation: https://www.facebook.com/OHCitizenAdvocates/

For Specific Groups
For Farmers: #GotYourBack: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/gotyourback
For Veterans: MyHealtheVet: https://www.myhealth.va.gov

Financial Resources

Unemployment: https://unemployment.ohio.gov
Medicaid, Food and Cash Assistance, Child Care, Women, Infants and Children Food Assistance:
benefits.ohio.gov

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).


If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.

Top 5 Ways To Disinfect When Everyday Supplies Run Out

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, offers the following suggestions for preventive cleaning against COVID-19 if everyday supplies, such as cleaning wipes or cleaning sprays, run out:

  • Use a diluted household bleach solution if appropriate for the surface: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water; or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Do not use if product is past its expiration date. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners.
  • Use an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Discard gloves after use, or, if reusable gloves are used, they should be dedicated only for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for COVID-19 and no other purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Remember to keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children at all times.

For additional information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Source: Ohio Department of Health

Stories of Hope

God is in our midst!

In the crisis, we have seen beautiful things. Delivering meals to homebound. Children sending colored cards to people in nursing homes. Someone donating sanitizer and masks for home anointing of the sick. Please share your story of hope and light below.

Prayers

When faced with fear of the unknown, turning to an all-knowing God is a good place to start. And for people of faith, we know that God answers prayers and that, as it says in James 5:16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

That doesn’t mean we only pray; we act as well, but, calmed by the awareness of the presence of God, we can respond with clarity and direction.

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Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. Inspire and invigorate people developing better tests to diagnose the virus, vaccines to prevent it, and protocols and communication to eliminate the disease’s spread. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.

Dear Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19 — the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty.

Dear God,

I come before You to lay my panic and anxiety at Your feet. When I’m crushed by my fears and worries, remind me of Your power and Your grace. Fill me with Your peace as I trust in You and You alone. I know I can’t beat this on my own, but I also know that I have You, Lord, and You have already paid the ultimate price to carry my burdens.

In place of my anxiety, give me Your peace.

For this I thank You, Amen.

Dear Jesus,

You are the strength of my life;

You are my rock, my fortress and my protector; therefore, whom shall I be afraid?

You are my shield, my strong-tower and my stronghold.

I will call to You because You are worthy to be praised.

So, Father, I thank you for being my strength and My God in whom I trust, Amen.

Prayer Requests & Special Intentions

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Watch Mass Live

Thank God for some of the wonderful technology that allows us to stay connected to the Lord and each other.  The same great people that help us gather in prayer at the end of the night at The FEST can help lead you in prayer every weekend.

On the Watch Mass Live page you will find:

  • Live Streaming of Mass and Past Recordings
  • Daily Readings
  • Prayers and Spiritual Communion
  • Opportunities to Give
  • Helpful Tips

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