June 2021 Update
There is nothing ordinary about what has transpired over these past fifteen months. Our pastor and staff have worked tirelessly to nourish the spiritual lives of parishioners while also safeguarding the physical health of our community. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
As of June 22, the State of Michigan has lifted its broad epidemic orders. This is positive news, and we are hopeful that the worst of this pandemic is behind us. Daily numbers of new cases have been falling steadily. Positivity rates statewide are below 3% and have decreased 88% since their high on April 8.
Understanding that parishioners who are homebound or in long-term care facilities may be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, ministers who are not fully vaccinated and bringing Holy Communion to individuals in these groups must wear a mask. Other than this norm, the Diocese of Grand Rapids is terminating any remaining particular law in response to COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision aligns with guidance from public health officials and is supported by the data mentioned above.
Moving forward, decisions regarding parish norms for COVID-19 will be left up to pastors and their staff. CDC recommendations for communities of faith may be found on their website.
May 2021 Update
Based on recent guidance from the CDC and the State of Michigan, our diocese has changed its COVID policies. Masks are no longer required during liturgical worship. It is recommended that those who are unvaccinated wear a mask for the safety of fellow parishioners. We have a section set aside for those who wish to wear masks and social distance, and we ask that you do your best to socially distance throughout the rest of the church as well. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask at indoor parish events and meetings. We are relying on the honor system to enforce these guidelines. As we all adjust to these changes, and whatever changes go into effect in the coming months, we ask for your patience and charitable consideration of the needs of others. Thank you!
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.