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Final ballpark Mass of season set for Sept. 10 in Ashland

News of the Diocese

September 6, 2023

Final ballpark Mass of season set for Sept. 10 in Ashland

Preparations are nearly finished for the fourth – and final – Eucharistic Revival ballpark Mass of the season.

The celebration will begin with the diocesan Young Adult Softball League All-Star Game (weather permitting) at 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Brookside Park, 200 Brookside Drive, Ashland.

Final ballpark Mass of season set for Sept. 10 in Ashland

Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries, OSB will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m., following the game. Father Steve Moran, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wooster, will be the homilist.

Food trucks will be available after Mass so attendees can purchase food or bring your own picnic meal.

In case of rain, the Mass will move to St. Edward Church, 501 Cottage St., Ashland.

“Come early, enjoy the ballgame and stay for the celebration of Mass,” said Father Damian Ference diocesan vicar for evangelization and director of the Parish Life and Special Ministries Office.

Although rain impacted the previous three ballpark Masses, Father Ference remains positive about the final event.

The first ballpark Mass took place June 11 under a large tent at Classic Park in Eastlake, despite persistent off-and-on rain showers that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of attendees. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Woost was the celebrant and homilist.

The second ballpark Mass on July 28 was planned for historic League Park in Cleveland. Unfortunately, heavy rains that afternoon and the threat of additional inclement weather forced the game to relocate across the street to St. Agnes/Our Lady of Fatima Church. The weather cleared and allowed a Eucharistic procession to the nearby Fatima Family Center, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary. A short prayer service took place there before the procession returned to the church for benediction. Bishop Edward Malesic was the celebrant and Father Oscar Pratt was the homilist.

The third ballpark Mass on Aug. 14 was plagued by heavy rain off and on throughout the day. Mass organizers quickly shifted gears and St. Joseph Parish in Avon Lake welcomed the faithful. The church was packed with people who prayed the rosary, attended Mass and stayed for adoration and benediction. Bishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of Davenport, Iowa was the celebrant and Father Vince Hawk, pastor of Holy Trinity and St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parishes in Avon, was the homilist.

“The devil didn’t want us to do it,” Father Ference quipped after the third rained-out Mass.

He encourages the faithful to take advantage of the final ballpark Mass opportunity to enjoy faith and fellowship.

Click here for more information and to register for the free event.

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