Guidelines to be followed when you come to Church

If you want to attend Mass Archdiocese of Detroit has set forth certain guidelines that must be followed. These requirements are for your protection, and for the safety of your fellow parishioners.

1.  Those older than 65 years old, with a compromised health conditions or caring for the sick in any way, should be encouraged to stay home. Anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, should definitely stay home as an act of justice to the whole community.

 2.  The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is granted to all the faithful through Sunday, September 6, 2020. Although Sunday Mass participation may not be available, attending Mass on weekday should be good as well.

3.  Under the AOD guidelines one needs to maintain social distancing of six feet or more. In order to follow that guideline seating will be limited in the Church. Family members may sit (or walk) together without any concern for the spacing.

 4.  Masks are to be worn by everyone approaching church and inside the Church- (except for those under 2 years old.) You will need to remove or lower your mask and remove gloves if you are wearing them before approaching to receive the Eucharist. After you consume the Body of Christ you need to put your mask back before you start the return trip to your seat.

 5.  If you desire to receive Holy Communion on your tongue, you will need to approach the EM’s last.

 6.  Offertory collections will be dropped in baskets placed near the church entrances.

 7.  When exiting the church after Mass, you will have to be patient in order to maintain the required spacing. Bulletins will not be handed out, but they will be made available at the entrances of the Church. 

Clergy Assignment Announcements from Archbishop Vigneron

Reverend Kishore Battu, SAC, with the concurrence of his superior, Very Reverend Arogyadas Kottana, Regional Rector, appointed Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Monroe, effective August 1, 2020.  Fr. Battu is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Valentine Parish, Redford and Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Redford.

The above announcement was made on Sunday, May 17, 2020. As Fr. Kishore’s new assignment begins on August 1st he will continue to serve at both the Churches till then. We definitely want to thank him for his two years of ministry with us, including his responsibility as the Director of Religious Education. With the issue of social distancing being on our way, we may not be able to have a reception in his honor, but we can find ways to thank him personally as you come and go for the weekend liturgies.

Public Masses will resume soon!

DETROIT — Public Masses will resume for all parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit on Friday, May 29, but individual pastors may, at their discretion, begin celebrating Mass publicly as early as Tuesday, May 19, according to new directives issued by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron.

However, despite the reopening, “the Mass you may attend in the weeks ahead will look and feel quite different from the Mass you remember from two months ago” due to the need to continue practicing social distancing and rigorous sanitation, Archbishop Vigneron cautioned the faithful.

In particular, all of the faithful will be required to wear face coverings to Mass, keep at least six feet apart, and capacity inside churches may not exceed 25 percent, according to the directives issued May 12.

Importantly, the archbishop noted that the Sunday obligation — the moral and canonical precept that requires weekly Mass attendance — would continue to be suspended for all of the faithful until at least Sunday, Sept. 6. Parishes are also highly encouraged to continue offering livestream Masses online.

Happy 21st Anniversary of Your Priesthood, Fr. Socorro!

Thank you for 21 years of priestly service to others!

Fr. Socorro extends his hand in blessing and greeting to us all.

Here comes the Holy Water !

Fr. Kishore was there to greet us and wave as well.

Here is what the parking lot looked like well before the rest of the cars arrived. It was truly a festive time!