UPDATES AS OF:
JULY 22, 2020
EXTENSION THROUGH SEPT. 7 OF THE DISPENSATION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS
Bishop Walkowiak announces the extension of the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Sept. 7 (Labor Day). The dispensation is granted broadly to ensure that anyone who needs to stay home to protect the common good can do so confidently, in good conscience. But those who are truly able to attend Mass should remember that we are transformed by being joined to Christ in the Eucharist. Only a weighty reason should keep us from being sanctified through participation in and our reception of Christ’s body and blood.
June 24, 2020
Bishop Walkowiak has dispensed all Catholics from their Sunday obligation through July 31, 2020.
June 9, 2020
We are discontinuing mass assignments by alphabet. You are welcome to attend whichever mass you are comfortable at but keep in mind that we are still limited to 250 parishioners.
All are welcome but We are still limited to 250.
Mass Intentions that were schedule during the months of March, April and May will be remembered at the following masses:
March: June 20th at the 4:30 Mass
April: June 28th at the 9:00 Mass
May: June 28th at 11:30 Mass
May 26, 2020
Please read updated letter from Fr. Mark.
We will begin celebrating mass in the parish on Friday, May 29, 2020, according to our normal schedule. But this is the only “normal” item.
- The Chapel will re-open Friday and remain open for personal prayer with a limit of 10 people at a time. Mask required age 2+.
- Daily mass will be celebrated in the main church with social distancing.
- Eucharistic Adoration will be in church, Tuesday’s, 5:30-6:30 pm.
- When entering the church, do so by means of the main entrance only. Mask required age 2+. Those with disabilities may enter church through chapel entrance.
- Sacrament of Penance in the Chapel, Saturday’s at 3:30 pm. Mask required.
- Exiting the church can be done through both exits, with social distancing. No gathering after mass in Gathering Space.
- We are only allowed a maximum of 250 people per mass.
- Consider celebrating weekend mass according to your last name: 4:30 pm mass families A-H; 9:00 am mass families I-Q; 11:30 am mass families R-Z; 7:30 am mass all welcome.
- Instead of coming to a mass on the weekend with larger crowds, consider attending a weekday mass with a smaller group in attendance
- Persons age 65+ and people with health issues should consider refraining from returning to weekend masses.
- All Catholics are dispensed from their Sunday obligation through June.
- The 4:30 pm mass on Saturday will be live-streamed on Facebook and the parish website.
- The main restrooms will be locked. The restrooms near the Chapel & the Vestry will be open and sanitized after each mass.
- Certain pews will be closed. Practice social distancing in open pews.
- Families may sit together without social distancing.
- There will be no Offertory procession. Offertory envelopes may be brought forward at Communion and placed in the baskets provided. You may also mail your envelope to the office, use electronic giving, or text to give.
- For communion: only 3 distribution stations; approach single file using social distancing; leave mask on until you are next to receive communion, then replace afterward; reception of the Eucharist in the hand is highly recommended and appreciated. No blessing of children. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
- If you receive a gluten-free host, please see a sacristan before mass.
- Reception of Communion for the homebound will take place during the communion procession.
The Parish Office will re-open June 15. Masks required. Limit of one visitor at a time.
Pews will be sanitized after each mass. Volunteers welcome after mass to assist.
These guidelines will change from time to time. Your support & compliance are appreciated. Thank you! Welcome back!
May 20, 2020
Bishop Walkowiak writes:
It is with great joy that I write to you today to announce a date for resuming public Masses and liturgies in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Beginning Friday, May 29 parishes may resume these celebrations.
Please read the Bishop’s letter to the Diocese here.Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-May-19-2020
Guidelines for parishes covid-19-guidelines-for-returning-to-public-mass-flyer-5-19-20
The Parish office will reopen on Monday, June 1st. One person may enter at a time and will be required to wear a mask.
Please watch your mailbox early next week for an important letter outlining all this from Fr. Mark.
We can’t wait to see your smiling faces again!