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Prayer and Mass Intentions

You can submit prayer intentions in the following ways:

Fr. Mike and the Intercessory Prayer Group will pray for your intentions, and public intentions will be listed in the bulletin. Please specify how long public intentions should be included in the bulletin. Non-specified intentions will be listed for one week.

To request a Mass intention, please contact the parish office at 616-399-1062.

The Year of St. Joseph

Find Free Resources Through LANE

2021 is the Year of St. Joseph, March is the Month of St. Joseph, and March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph! Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know our Lord’s foster father and the patron of the universal Church. LANE is providing free resources to help you pray, learn, and celebrate St. Joseph.

Why has Pope Francis declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph? Because we all have something to learn from Joseph’s example of humility, obedience, courage, and chastity. He is the guardian of the Holy Family, and as such he is the patron of the universal Church, as well as fathers, families, workers, and the dying. Through his intercession, we can all draw closer to our Lord and our Lady. St. Joseph, pray for us!

COVID Updates

Bishop Walkowiak Invites Catholics Who Are Healthy and Able to Return to Mass

Our bishop has also extended the dispensation from Mass attendance on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice for those who are unable to attend in person because of health reasons or other factors.

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s Letter to the Faithful

COVID Response and Resources from the Diocese of Grand Rapids

Questions About the Morality of COVID Vaccines?

Read the Michigan Bishop’s Statement

Public Masses at OLL During the Pandemic

We are grateful that we can hold public liturgies during the pandemic. We pray that our community will draw together to worship our Lord and to protect every member of our parish, especially the most vulnerable. To that end, we are taking a number of precautions based on guidelines from the Diocese of Grand Rapids to ensure the health and safety of everyone who attends Mass. Please read the following guidelines and watch the video below about pandemic Mass procedures. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Mass Attendance Guidelines:

  • Attendance is limited, and we are practicing social distancing. Individuals who are not part of the same household need to sit at least six feet apart. An usher will help you find seats, so please arrive sufficiently early. Social distancing also applies in other parts of the building.
  • Masks are required. Bring your own face covering. This applies to everyone over the age of two. We understand that this may be difficult with children; please do your best.
  • Mass looks a bit different. Holy water fonts remain empty. We cannot give physical greetings. Distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended. Worship aides for Saturday and Sunday Masses are available as you walk in, and after Mass you must dispose of them in the recycling bins or take them with you. You may drop your offering in a collection podium in the narthex before or after Mass, or you can give via the website, text message, or mail.
  • Extra sanitization is in place. Staff wipe down frequently touched surfaces between Masses. Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, especially for use before Holy Communion.

If you have questions or concerns, please call the parish office at 616-399-1062. Thank you for your patience and cooperation! We hope to see you back at Mass soon!

In Christ,

Rev. Michael F. Cilibraise

Parish Office and Chapel

The parish office is open for appointments only on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The chapel is open for private prayer during the same times.

Sacramental Care in Hospitals During COVID-19

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