St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Catholic Churches have teamed up to provide online church services.

During the coronavirus crisis, Monroe's Catholic Masses are held without people in the pews and shown live on the Internet every Sunday at 10 a.m.

They are rotated between St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Catholic Churches. Jeff Goda, director of marketing and communication at St. Mary Catholic Central High School, is in charge of sound production and video taping.

Giving the main message this Sunday was Erie native, the Rev. David Burgard, pastor of both parishes. He spoke about Jesus the Good Shepherd, who continues to bring the joy of Easter even in difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic. He encouraged listeners to answer the call to shepherd one another, especially those who are lonely, isolated or separated from loved ones due to illness or the virus.

Also celebrating these Masses are Father Giancarlo Ghezzi, Father Kevin Roelant and Deacon Mike Stewart.

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