Corona-Virus Updates and Information

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We want to ensure that our parishioners are able to get questions answered during this challenging time.  Also, we want to make sure your voice is heard for whatever purpose it needs to be.  If you have comments, questions, concerns or maybe a special message for Fr. Tony & Fr. Andrew.  Simply CLICK HERE and complete the form.  We will respond as soon as possible (if requested).

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

If you or a loved one are severely ill and reasonably believe you will need to go to the hospital, it is highly recommended that you receive the Sacrament of Anointing Of the sick prior to going to the hospital.

Please call the parish office and leave a message on the priest emergency voicemail to schedule.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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Church Hours and Sacrament of Reconciliation

Church office is closed.

Sanctuary is open for private prayer.

Please remember to sit 6 feet apart and use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit the building.  Park on the south side of the building and enter through the chapel entry doors into the parish commons.

Church Open For Prayer
Monday: 9am-4pm
Tuesday: 9am-8pm
Wednesday: 11am-4pm
Thursday: 9am-4pm
Friday: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 3pm-6pm
Sunday: 10am-1pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation is still being offered.

Please remember to sit 6 feet apart and use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit the building.  Park on the south side of the building and enter through the chapel entry doors into the parish commons.

Reconciliation Hours:
Tuesday: 7pm-8pm
Saturday: 3:30-4:30pm

Spiritual Communion Opportunities

Click Here to Visit the Diocese of Grand Rapids COVID-19 Update Page

Information from Diocese of Grand Rapids

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in harmony with these government guidelines:

  • All public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through Easter Monday, April 13, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled.
    • All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through April 13.
    • Instructions for clergy regarding the liturgies of Holy Week will be forthcoming this week.
    • Mass will continue to be livestreamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
    • Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  • Funerals are to be celebrated without Mass with only immediate family members present, limiting those gathered to 10.
    • Alternately, a committal service at the cemetery may be celebrated outdoors, with the appropriate social distancing guidelines in place, with a memorial Mass to be celebrated at a later date.
  • Individual confessions at the parish will remain available during regularly scheduled times.
  • Individual confessions will remain available on the evening of Thursday, March 26th from 5-8 p.m. as previously scheduled with due precautions being taken. Confessions should not take place in the confessional and should be set up in the main church with background music to protect privacy.
  • Parish baptisms and weddings are postponed until a later date. Please contact your pastor in a situation where the death of a loved one appears imminent.
  • Holy Communion is only available as Viaticum.
  • Confirmation Masses through Monday, April 13, have been canceled and will be rescheduled.
  • All Catholic Schools in the diocese remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s order. All school buildings will be closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Essential staff may access the school building to provide food and remote learning programs and distribution with administrator approval.
  • Faith Formation classes are suspended until Tuesday, April 14 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
  • Parish offices are closed to the public. Only essential staff such as a parish business manager may report as needed.
  • The diocesan offices are closed until Tuesday, April 14. Diocesan staff members are working from home to the extent possible and can be reached via email.

These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak earlier in March. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations.

As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who are sick or who have died as well as for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.

Additional factual information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
Kent County Health Department (or your local health department website)
State of Michigan
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Thank you for your cooperation. We will continue to keep you updated as circumstances change.

Below is an updated FAQ document based on this new information, you’re welcome to share this with parishioners.

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March 13, 2020 3:09pm

The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We enshrine the divine law to give praise and worship to God on the Lord’s Day by the obligation to participate at Mass. We are, however, now in the midst of a pandemic which calls for extraordinary measures. Promotion of the common good is one of the pillars of Catholic social teaching and Catholic life.

New state guidelines and executive orders issued within the past 24 hours have prompted our new guidelines:
Gov. Whitmer has banned all large gatherings over 250 people until Sunday, April 5 at 5 p.m.
Gov. Whitmer has closed all K-12 schools beginning Monday, March 16 – Sunday, April 5.

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective immediately, in harmony with these government guidelines:

  • Weekend Masses through Sunday, March 29 in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled. However, the Church’s life of prayer must continue:
    • Churches should remain open for private prayer during normal weekend Mass times and other times as normally scheduled.
    • Mass will continue to be livestreamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
    • Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at the cathedral on Sunday, March 15.
    • Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  • Daily Masses, where less than 100 people are gathered, should continue in accord with the guidelines from March 11, 2020 in place.
  • Visits to the sick and homebound should continue. Normal cold/flu season guidelines should be followed.
  • Funeral Masses may be celebrated.
  • Confirmation Masses through Wednesday, April 1 have been canceled and will be rescheduled.
  • All Catholic Schools in the diocese are closed in accordance with the Governor’s order.
  • Faith Formation classes should be suspended until Monday, April 6 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
  • Any event at a parish where more than 100 people are gathered in a single space indoors should be postponed or canceled until further notice.
    • Schools and parishes may consider drive thru or take-out options for fish fries where less than 100 people are gathered in a single space indoors.
  • Any event at a parish where less than 100 people are gathered in a single space indoors may continue at this time at the organizer’s/pastor’s discretion.
  • The March 26th evening of penance, “The Light is ON for You” should take place as scheduled. Any other communal penance services should be modified accordingly.
  • Meetings for the Our Shepherds – Our Future Capital Campaign will be postponed at this time. Updates will be communicated as we receive them.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.

These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak on March 11 and March 12, 2020. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations. As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.

Additional factual information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
Kent County Health Department (or your local health department website)
State of Michigan
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

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