As difficult as it was deciding to close our churches, it is so much more complicated opening back up in a way that does not do damage to our parish community and the wider community as well! As you suspect, things will be different then when you were last here for Mass in early March! The bottom line is the health of everyone is our primary concern. I know that will take a conscious effort on the part of everyone because it is very easy to slip back into old ways of doing things!
First, know that all the faithful in the Archdiocese are dispensed from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass until Sept. 6, 2020. Second, those older than 65 years of age, with a compromised health condition or caring for the sick are encouraged to stay home. Third, anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, etc., should definitely stay home as an act of justice for the whole community.
Archbishop Vigneron has lifted the suspension of public Masses beginning May 19. We will begin to celebrate public Masses on Saturday, May 23rd at 4:30 PM. Masses will also be on Sunday May 24th at the regular times of 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Please cooperate in the following procedures for "Returning to Mass"
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use prior to and after receiving Holy Communion. If you wish to wear gloves, please provide your own.
- Cloth face coverings (masks) must be worn at all times by everyone over the age of two. If you do not have access to a mask, please call or email the office. We have a few cloth ones available for you to have.
- A physical distance of 6' must be observed between individuals or family groups.
- All books have been removed from the pews. You may bring your own prayer book to assist in your participation during Mass.
- Offertory collection boxes will be provided for the collection. Ushers will not be taking up the collection during Mass.
- Those who feel comfortable doing so may approach to receive Holy Communion. You will be directed, by pew, while keeping 6 feet between each person in line. Please sanitize your hands prior to Communion. After responding "Amen" and receiving the Host, pull down your mask to consume the Host. Then reposition your mask over your mouth before returning to your seat. Detailed instructions will be provided at Mass about this new procedure.
- At the conclusion of Mass, to avoid a crowd in the back of the church, please proceed directly outside.
- The church will be cleaned after each Mass.
Parish office will be available by appointment only. Call 313-777-0331 or email [email protected] Contact Fr. Stan if you have any questions.