Coronavirus Update 06/03

So many more announcements came in over night that we have decided to send another email this week. 

Thank you for staying connected with the Our Lady of Consolation Family!

Updated Mass Schedule

In order to accommodate additional parish liturgies (for example, funerals) we need to adjust our Mass schedule slightly.

The new Mass schedule is effective immediately.  If you have already made a Mass reservation for the previous time, your Mass reservation has been moved for you.  No action is needed on your part.

Saturday- 5:00pm
Sunday- 8:30am & 11:00am
Monday- No Mass
Tuesday- 7:00pm
Wednesday- 7:00am & 10:00am
Thursday- 9:00am (changed)
Friday- 9:00am (changed)


WEDNESDAY- 7:00-8:00pm

Saturday- 3:30-4:30pm

Additional Schedule Updates:

  • Fr. Tony’s Monday Morning Message is being moved to Tuesday Morning.
  • With the resuming of Public Masses, Fr. Tony & Fr. Andrew will also resume their day of respite on Mondays effective this coming week.  This means that Fr. Tony & Fr. Andrew will be out of the office on Mondays. 
  • The men’s retreat originally scheduled for July 22 at the Franciscan Life Process Center has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Ushers Needed

The Usher Ministry is an integral part of our worship experience.  Ushers help with the flow of Mass as well as assist our guests in various needs.

Now, more so than ever, our Ushers are desperately needed!  The Ushers serving Mass help us to protect the overall community in many ways.

No experience necessary!  And by signing up to help during this transitional Mass time, you are NOT signing up to be an usher for forever.  

Due to various reasons, some of our regular ushers are unable to attend Mass and we need help filling the needed 4 Ushers per Mass.

If you are attending Mass and are willing to help, please contact the parish office today (616-866-0931)!

USCCB Resources for helping combat racism

The USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism has written all American dioceses to remind us “of the resources that are available for you in planning a practical action response to what we see unfolding before us in our nation and in our world.” 

Take time to look over the prayer resources offered by the committee located HERE.

Bishop responds to current events

Bishop Walkowiak joined with his brother bishops over the weekend in denouncing the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, and the violent protests which have occurred across the country this past week.

You can read their statement here.

Bishop Walkowiak made additional comments during his homily at the cathedral yesterday.  You may watch his video here.

Additionally, Archbishop Gómez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB, issued a statement which can be read here.

Updated FAQ for the resuming of public Mass

Does the church fumigate or fog between Masses?

At Our Lady of Consolation we are taking every precaution necessary to protect the common good of all of our parishioners and guests.

In keeping with the directives from the Diocese of Grand Rapids, we are sanitizing and disinfecting every touchable surface between our Masses.

During this sanitization we use an electro-static spray gun and we DO NOT FUMIGATE or FOG our building.

Electrostatic spray is electrically charged, allowing the appropriate sanitizers, mold preventatives and disinfectants to wrap around and evenly coat all types of surfaces for a more complete clean. As the chemical exits the electrostatic sprayer, it’s given a positive electrical charge.

The cleaning solution we are using, and have used for the past 2 years throughout our school and church, is called Husky 891 Arena Disinfectant. According to the Safety Data Sheet of this product there is less than 20% of 1 oz (with the remaining 80% of the solution being water) of chemicals which are dissolved in 1 gallon of water prior to use.

We would encourage any of our parishioners who would like more information to contact myself ( or Shaun Bartz (, our facility manager, with questions.

Is the cleaning solution safe?

Yes, it is safe for humans, pets and surfaces.

The chemicals that are in the cleaning solution are as follows: 

  • 6.51% Dialkyl dumethyl ammonium chlorides
    (which is often used as a food additive) 
  • 4.34% Alkyl dimethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides 
  • 1-5% C12-15 Fatty Alcohol ethoxylate
    (which is often found in makeup and detergents) 
  • 1-5% Tetrasodium EDTA 
  • 1-2% Ethanol 
  • >80% Water

These percentages are of the 1 ounce of solution that is mixed with an addition 1 gallon of water before application.

Will Our Lady of Consolation be offering an outdoor Mass?

No, we will not be offering an outdoor Mass at this time.

I didn’t order enough reservations, should I cancel my order and order again?

No, you do not need to cancel your order.  Just register for more seats.

How do I register for Mass?

Please click the “Mass Sign Up” button below and follow the prompts.

Will Masks be required at Mass?

Yes, masks will be required at Mass per the directives received from Bishop Walkowiak.

Do I need to bring my ticket/reservation to Mass?

No, you do not need to bring anything.  You will be asked your name at the door.

If we do not normally have many people attend a daily Mass, why are we being required to have tickets/reservation?

In order to guarantee we remain under the occupancy limit, all public Masses will require a reservation.  As things progress and we see how many people attend Mass we may remove this requirement for daily Mass.

Will there be a digital worship aid that is sent for each Mass to use on our phones?

We do not have plans at this time to have a digital worship aid that will be sent to parishioners.  Alternatively, we are working on a digital projection that will occur during Mass for those who are able to gather in person.

Is there any changes in our Gluten Free (GF) host protocol?

New procedure is as follows:

  • Let the Sacristan know you need a GF host (will be by the sacristy) 
  • Sacristan will place needed amount in silver patten at credence table 
  • GF family should sit in the first available pew following the lector seating 
  • GF family will be the first to receive communion from that line 
  • When you approach the “Mask removal station” state “Gluten Free” as you approach. 
  • The remainder will follow the current safety procedure. 

Can we bring a pyx and bring communion to the inbound?

At this time, the directives from Bishop Walkowiak prohibit the distribution of Communion to the home-bound unless it is part of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick for Viaticum (at death).  As soon as we are able to allow this, we will let the parish know.

A Message from Dcn. Danny Orris

As you probably know this weekend is my ordination weekend. I become a priest this Saturday! I am so excited. Thank you for your prayers and I asked you to keep praying for me this week. 

I was hoping to have a huge celebration this weekend. But because of all of the restrictions, that’s just not possible. I am extremely limited for who I can invite to my ordination mass and my first mass of Thanksgiving. And for that I apologize. You were all on my list to receive invitations for this weekend. I hope that when the restrictions lift in the near future, we can have a celebration together. We’re hoping sometime in July or August.

In the meantime though I would like to invite you to a drive-through reception that I’m having. I’m sure you’ve heard of these. It’s the only way that I can think of to be able to greet people who might want to come and celebrate. It’s going to be at st. Dominic’s Catholic Church in the Wyoming area on Sunday June 7th from 4 to 8 pm. Swing by for a chat, a first blessing and a holy card, and a donut and some (Good!) coffee. Nobody will have to get out of their car and it will be safe and distanced.

I sorry, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to get the word out because I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen till about a week ago. 

Please pray for me and I’m looking forward to seeing you very soon.

A drive-through reception for Father Danny Orris.

Sunday June 7th from about 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church.

50 Bellevue St SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49548 

Know of my prayers for you!


Deacon Danny Orris 

(Soon to be Father)