Coronavirus Updates

UPDATES AS OF:

May 26, 2020

Please read updated letter from Fr. Mark.

Parish office will reopen on Monday, June 15.

Dear Parishioners,

     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!

 

Fr. Mark

May 22, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

     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 1.  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!

 

Fr. Mark


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!

May 8, 2020

Bishop Walkowiak has suspended all Masses through May 28, 2020. Please read Bishop Walkowiak’s entire letter which includes important precautions that will be taken when masses can be celebrated again. Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-May-8-2020

 

May 7, 2020

St. Anthony School is accepting applications for all grade levels from 3-year-old preschool through 8th grade for the 2020-2021 school year!  While we are not able to host in-person tours right now, we would love to set up a virtual meeting to discuss our programs.  Please reach out to Mrs. Pudelko at 616-443-3502 or jpudelko@saparish.com to set up a meeting.  Financial aid is available.  Our entire staff would love to welcome you to our school community!

April 30, 2020

PrayTogether with Bishop Walkowiak and the faithful of the United States as we renew our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, May 1st! The livestream will be available on the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Facebook page at 3 p.m. in English and 3:30 p.m. in Spanish. The worship aid can be found in both English and Spanish on our website at: http://bit.ly/GRdioceseMaryandMoms.

April 29, 2020

Please read this important letter issued by the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Dear Monsignor, Father, and Pastoral Director,

Due to numerous inquiries, please note that effective immediately and until further notice, Bishop Walkowiak has amended the current directives for the celebration of certain sacraments.

General Norms

  • The laity who on these exceptional bases are admitted to Mass are also to be admitted to Holy Communion receiving under only one species (the Body of Christ).
    • Communicants are encouraged to receive the Body of Christ in their hand.
  • Care is to be taken to maintain social distancing (6 feet of distance in every direction) insofar as the liturgy allows.

 

Baptism

Infant baptism must be celebrated outside Mass with the following conditions in place:

  • Baptisms are to be held individually. Those present for the baptism are to be limited to the minister, infant, parents, godparents and five other guests, limiting those gathered to 10 people total + the infant.
  • A small basin of holy water should be blessed and used for each individual baptism, and then discarded appropriately.
  • Contact between the minister and infant is to be as minimal as the rite allows.
  • Please maintain social distancing.


Matrimony

Weddings should be postponed if possible. Many counties are not currently issuing marriage licenses. If a wedding is to be celebrated, then it may be celebrated with or without Mass with the following conditions in place:

  • Those present for the wedding are to be limited to the minister, the couple being married, two witnesses and five other guests, limiting those gathered to 10 people total.
  • Contact between the minister and couple is to be as minimal as the rite allows.
  • Please maintain social distancing.

Wedding receptions are not to be held on parish property at this time.

Funerals

  • Funerals may be celebrated with or without a funeral Mass, limiting those gathered to 10 people total.
    • Alternately, a committal service at the cemetery may be celebrated outdoors.
  • Please see maintain social distancing in either setting.
  • Vigil services and a recitation of the rosary at the funeral home should not be led by the deacon or priest.

 

During this time any items not addressed above should remain in line with the directives issued on April 8 and April 24.

Additionally, some of you have asked why Bishop Walkowiak’s dispensation for Sunday Mass is granted through June 30 when public Masses are only currently canceled through May 17. Here is what you can tell parishioners:

There will be a long lag period even after public Masses are able to be phased back in when not everyone will be able to attend Mass:

1) the usual vulnerable segments of the population still should not be attending during any initial phases of reopening.

2) limits on assembly size will still likely mean that not everyone will be able to attend each Sunday.

A further pastoral concern is for those who, in the early weeks of a return, could attend but wouldn’t yet feel safe and will be conflicted in conscience.

April 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

This is the last weekend of the CURRENT “stay-at-home” order dealing with Covid 19.  It seems to be helping stem the spread but is difficult & frustrating. I miss your smiling faces on the weekend.  I miss sharing Eucharist with you! This is all so odd…but necessary. This comes from your priest who tested positive for the virus, and whom the docs said, “we were worried you might not make it!”  

Will we still have a “stay-at-home” order?  Will it be modified? Will we be able to have mass together?  As I write this the answer is the same as the answer the doctors gave me in the hospital as to treatment…we don’t know.  But I trust our Governor and Legislature to make decision in the best interest of the “common good.” Some say to me, “Father, you are now immune!”  Not so fast! Many health experts use the same response: we don’t have a solid answer! I was cleared by the docs and health department, but new guidelines say you are not a “survivor” of Covid 19 until 30 days after your testing positive.  So, I have to wait until April 25…the Feast of Saint Mark!

Fr. Luis has been doing well.  Never a symptom. Was he asymptomatic or did he just never catch the virus?  Until a good antibody test, we will not know. But, he is feeling fine. One of our men in formation to be a deacon did contract Covid 19, as well as his wife, and entire household.  Both he and his wife, who live on the Westside, ended up in the hospital. She developed blindness from the virus! You never know. Prayers for this couple and their family are appreciated.

Bogey is well too.  He “Busia-sits” every day with my mom noon-4 p.m.  She loves him and treats him like royalty. Her doctor, who is also my doc, advised that she remain in self-isolation in her home until the end of May!  Bogey is making that bearable, as well as good neighbors and a good family…especially her favorite youngest son who is a priest.

Check the website for announcements.  Praying for all of us, especially the lonely and vulnerable.

Peace,

Fr. Mark

Bishop Walkowiak has suspended all Masses through May 17, 2020. To read Bishop Walkowiak’s entire letter click here: Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-April-24-202

April 15, 2020

There will be NO services for Divine Mercy Sunday normally held this coming weekend.

April 11, 2020

Happy Easter Vigil! Please listen to Fr. Mark’s Easter homily at www.saparish.com. Jesus is risen from the dead Alleluia! Have a blessed Easter.

April 8 ,2020

Dear parishioners,

The Sacred Triduum—Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil—are the three holiest days of the church year.  Alas, we cannot celebrate as a community due to the COVID 19 virus.  I, personally, am too weak to celebrate the Triduum.  However know that Fr. Luis & Deacon Leo will be privately celebrating the Triduum for the intentions of all parishioners.  No one is allowed in share in these celebrations with Deacon Leo & Fr. Luis.

Peace,
Fr. Mark

Per Bishop Walkowiak all masses have been suspended through April 30.

April 3, 2020

As we enter into this most holy week, Bishop Walkowiak is writing to the people of the diocese. Click here to read Bishop’s letter.Bishop-Walkowiak-Holy-Week-Easter-Letter-2020

We also have great news! In addition to the normal Sunday Masses for Palm Sunday and Easter that are broadcast on FOX 17, the station will also be televising our Good Friday liturgy at 3 p.m. that day. Attached is a Livestream Schedule:

Friday, April 3, 2020

Keep praying.  Keep staying home.  When this crisis passes we will bless and distribute palms.  However, we do NOT want you leaving your homes, and then taking palms to others.  Please be patient and stay home. Pray that this Holy Week, though different, may deepen our appreciation of the Lord’s suffering, death, and Resurrection.  

5 more days of isolation for me!  4 more for Fr. Luis. Praying for you and all health care professionals.

Father Mark

April 2, 2020

Hi everyone,

  I am still in quarantine until Wednesday of Holy Week.  I am completely drained of energy, but the brain and Spirit are working.  Next week will be Holy Week.  I am hoping to record an Easter Homily…God willing…and have it posted on the parish website by Easter.  Prayers & crossed fingers will help.

Father Mark

April 1, 2020

Dear friends,

Thank you for your prayers.  I have been home from the hospital for less than 36 hours.  My care at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was great! Who would have thought I would be COVID 19 positive?  I am very, very tired and in need of rest and prayers. I am isolated through Easter. Fr. Luis has no symptoms and is isolated through mid-week next week.

Stay home!  Self isolate.  Pray for all of those infected!  Pray for our first responders. We will celebrate Easter together in the future!

Fr. Mark

March 30, 2020

Good news! Father Mark is home from the hospital. He and Father Luis will remain in quarantine until Easter. Thank you for your prayers – keep them coming!

March 29, 2020

Fr. Mark continues to show improvement and will be discharged from the hospital sometime this week. Please continue to pray for him.

March 27, 2020

Father Mark remains in the hospital for a few more days. He is not on a ventilator and has let us know he is making improvements. Continued prayers are appreciated. An update will be shared again on Monday.

March 27, 2020

Father Mark tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, he is still in the hospital. Continued prayers are truly appreciated and felt.   We will continue to update you as we have more information.

March 25, 2020

Fr. Mark has been hospitalized and is being tested for COVID-19. Please keep him in your prayers. If you have questions please contact Tamara Mason at tmason@ saparish.com. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

March 23, 2020

“The Light Is On for You” event scheduled for March 26, 2020, is canceled at St. Anthony’s.

All public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through Easter Monday, April 13, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, are canceled.

March 21, 2020

The chapel is closed effective  Sunday, March 22nd until further notice.

For the protection of everyone in our community in response to COVID-19, as of yesterday, NO PRIEST will be allowed to visit any of our Spectrum Health Hospitals for any reason.

March 20, 2020

Fr. Mark will not be recording a homily for publication this weekend.

March 19, 2020

Dear friends: The Holy Father has asked all of us to pray the Rosary today at 4 PM ET to ask Our Blessed Mother for her prayers in this time of crisis.

4:25 pm on March 17, 2020

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has decided to temporarily suspend ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020.

This means daily masses are also cancelled effective immediately.

The Light is On for You scheduled for March 26th WILL take place.

Please read a Letter from Bishop Walkowiak regarding the Corona Virus Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-March-17-2020

Got Questions? Click here for some clarification. COVID-19-FAQ-3-17-20

March 17,2020

The parish offices will be closing at noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. If you need assistance, please email parishoffice@saparish.com. We will be checking and responding to emails during this time. We still will be processing our mail and contributions. Please be mindful that your contribution is important to us during this difficult time.

Book Club is cancelled until further notice.

Living Stations of the Cross are cancelled.

March 16, 2020

RCIA Sessions are Canceled.

Cheers! Event is postponed for March 28th. The 50/50 Raffle is still on. Winner will be drawn on March 28th at 10:00 pm.

SCRIP  will be available on Monday morning from 8-11 to place orders and Thursday from 5:15 – 6:15 pm for pickup.

Please consider  contributing to your parish by using Text to give:  616-323-9762. Enter the dollar amount in the message and then simply follow the instructions to set your information and you will be ready to text and give. You can also signup for On-line Giving by click on this link:

To Sign Up for Online Giving:  https://myowngiving.com/Default.aspx?cid=1444

If you are interested in using a credit or debit card to assist you in being a faithful steward, please contact Tamara Mason, Business Manager at the Parish Office.

It is a good time to download the myParish App to access the bulletin and Fr. Mark homilies. Simply text “app” to 88202 to download the App. Once installed select your parish, and access is complete.

Please be sure to read Fr. Mark’s letter below as well as other cancellations in the parish.

March 13, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

     With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, our lives are all topsy-turvy.  New information comes out every hour demanding our attention. We will try to keep all of the latest information we have about church and school activities on the parish website:  www.saparish.com.  We will try to update the information by noon each and every day.  There may be multiple updates each day.

      Bishop Walkowiak has suspended all weekend masses in the Diocese through March 29.  Daily masses will continue as normal, for the time being. Funerals will also continue to be celebrated.  The Chapel will remain open for private and personal prayer 24/7. I encourage you and your family to spend time in prayer, especially to keep holy the Lord’s Day.  You may choose to pray the rosary, or meditate on the Sacred Scripture, thereby making a spiritual Communion. You may watch the TV mass on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.  

     This situation will be wreaking havoc with parish finances.  We need your faithfulness to shine through this crisis. Please consider mailing your weekly stewardship contribution to the parish office. You may also complete the automatic giving form included in this letter, and return it to the Parish Office.  

     Of course, the Catholic Services Appeal is going on right now.  You may send your pledge or gift into the parish, or go on-line to the diocesan website and make your pledge/gift there.  I know this is probably far off your radar with everything else going on, but we must continue to support our ministry throughout the Diocese.

     Be assured of the prayers of your priests and staff.  

In the peace of Jesus,

Rev. Mark Przybysz

Pastor

The March 26th evening of penance, “The Light is ON for You” will take place as scheduled.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the following activities will be canceled until further notice (as of Friday, March 13, 2020):

  • Friday Evening Stations of the Cross
    Sunday Morning Adult Ed
  • Religious Education Classes for Children K-8
  • Monday Night Lenten Series with Fr. Mark
  • Tuesday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Lenten Vesper ServicesFriday Morning Book Study
  • 1st Communion Retreat scheduled for March 21st
  • Into the Streets Confirmation Retreat scheduled for April 25th
  • Youth Group Chicago Trip to St. Sabina’s scheduled for April 26th
  • Cheers! Event is postponed. The 50/50 Raffle is still on. Winner will be drawn on March 28th at 10:00 pm.