Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you for all you have done to keep St. Mary church and school safe and capable of continuing in our mission of following the Lord in this difficult time.
It’s a blessing to be able to say that we have had no known cases of the spread of COVID-19 at our church or school to date, and I am very grateful to all who have refrained from attending when exhibiting even mild symptoms or after probable exposure elsewhere.
I want to assure everyone that we have no intention of closing our doors, and that all Mass times, confession times, and Adoration times will remain the same during the three week period of the November 15th MDHHS epidemic order. Like all recent Michigan health orders, this order directly provides exemptions for acts of religious worship like these.
Practically, this means the following for our parish and school:
- All Masses, confession times, and Adoration times will continue with the same protocols and precautions as before. Please continue to wear a facial covering indoors when medically able, and to maintain social distancing from other households. Remember that practicing these safety measures can allow others to feel comfortable in returning to the sacraments.
- Our school is not affected by the November 15th order, and will continue to be open in-person and to follow our safety document and protocols. Please continue to exercise caution in sending your children to school if they show any of the symptoms listed in that document or if they have known exposure to a positive case.
- Family Faith Formation can continue in your homes! The Adult Workshop for November 29th at 7pm will be over Zoom and recorded for future viewing. Your Advent kits can be picked up from the bookcases by St. Joseph Hall.
- Our office will have limited hours of operation and some staff and volunteers may be working from home. The office will be open 10am-1pm on weekdays starting Wednesday, November 18th through Monday, December 7th.
If you have any questions or need assistance of any kind outside of those hours please call the office and leave a message and someone will be in contact with you. (The office is scheduled to be closed Nov. 26th, Nov. 27th, and Dec. 8th.)
We know how crucial the Holy Mass as well as confession and Adoration are to our lives as disciples. For those who are comfortable attending, I encourage you to continue doing so.
Let us also recall that Sunday is meant to be a day set apart for the Lord, and as much as possible, whether we attend Mass or not, we are to have some time for personal or family prayer, which could include watching Mass on livestream or recording. It is only in the Lord and through His grace that we are given the ability to follow Him wherever He leads us.
Finally, Bishop Boyea has decreed that the faithful of the Diocese of Lansing will continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, preceding Ash Wednesday and the liturgical season of Lent.
Let us continue to trust in the Lord and turn to Him in prayer for each other!
Fr. David Fons
PS: As Alive is a worship event, it will go on as scheduled this Saturday, Nov. 21, with the same precautions as at Mass.