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Please review the documents to best prepare yourself for our altered Mass experience.
Sunday: 9am & 11am
Monday: No Mass
Wednesday: 7am & 9am
An EventBrite reservation only guarantees your seat at Mass if you arrive a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Available unfilled spaces, at 10 minutes to Mass, will be filled with walk-in guests on a first come, first serve basis until Mass begins or we have reached our legal capacity (which ever is first).
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 Nickie Wentworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Shaun Bartz (email@example.com) 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
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 above 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 host protocol?
Yes. 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” before removing Mask
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Norms for Returning to Public Masses
Bishop Letter May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
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 if they are prepared. I have considered the advice of doctors in West Michigan, public health officials, and the diocesan staff in making decisions throughout this pandemic. I am grateful for their insight and consultation.
These past few months have required significant sacrifice. I am grateful to our pastors and their parish staffs who kept our churches open and worked to support the faithful through this time. Through it all, we have continued to bear witness to Jesus Christ through new methods of evangelization and outreach, through the sacraments, and prayer. I thank you for your patience and for showing your love of neighbor during this pandemic. This crisis has provided us a golden opportunity to freshen up our “yes” to God and to enrich the Domestic Church through our time together.
Reopening will proceed carefully and in phases. The diocese has provided detailed guidance to our pastors. The logistics for how these directives will be implemented will be different for each parish. Please watch your parish website or social media for up to date information, or call the parish office. A quick overview of diocesan directives may be found here.
All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through June 30. We recommend people stay at home if they are considered vulnerable due to age (over 60) or underlying health conditions. If you are sick, please stay home. Though the dispensation remains, our obligation to keep holy the Lord’s Day is of utmost importance to our continued faith life. Mass will continue to be televised at 10 a.m. Sunday on FOX 17 and livestreamed on the diocesan website (grdiocese.org) and Facebook page (Diocese of Grand Rapids).
Please approach this reopening phase with patience and caution. We want the reopening to be successful so that we do not have to suspend public Masses again. The risks of COVID-19 remain and we must follow these regulations to safeguard the health of everyone in our community. Please continue to check the diocesan website: http://bit.ly/GRdioceseCOVID19Updates and social media for the latest information on our COVID-19 response.
Let us pray for each other, for the sick and deceased, for their families, and for all frontline workers and officials who are working to protect us and restore our communities to good health. We entrust these prayers to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, patroness of those who suffer illness.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids