April 4, 2020
Below is the information received from the AOD as of late yesterday as well as updates form St. Michael. To summarize:
-No public Masses until at least April 30th.
-CSA appeal which would be launching now will be done in Fall, probably an October time frame.
-FLT/RE has postponed first communions, normally held the 1st or 2nd week in May.
-May Crowning is postponed, usually held in early May.
-I have included the link to the televised Chrism Mass below.
-We are working (from home), led by Fr. Mike on recording and making available Masses from St. Michael starting with Easter Sunday; would be posted on our website and Facebook page, more on that later.
-We are posting current homilies and information on our web and Facebook pages.
-We are posting the weekly messenger, done new every week, on our website.
-All Catholic Schools have cancelled in-class learning for this school year, following the Governor’s decision on public schools
All for now….keep praying…..stay home….stay safe….stay healthy….we will always strive to keep you informed, feel free to share this email with others.
Liturgical Directives Extended until April 30
Following the most recent guidelines from government officials and healthcare experts to extend the time period for social distancing, the liturgical directives and the directives regarding confession and general absolution, both issued by Archbishop Vigneron on March 23, 2020, are to remain in place through April 30, 2020. The Liturgical Committee advising the Archbishop about liturgical matters during this time is also reviewing further information regarding weddings during this time of quarantine pursuant to Canon 1116.
With Palm Sunday this weekend, parishes are reminded that blessed palms should not be distributed at this time.
From Jeff Wagoner: Catholic Services Appeal Postponed Until Fall
As our world continues to face the coronavirus pandemic and its rising impact on our parishes and wider community, our priority going forward will be to resume the sacramental life of the Church – most importantly, Mass – as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so. Next, we will work to help parishes and schools return to operational and financial stability, anticipating that all will be affected to some degree. Then, we can embark on the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) for 2020, which is vital as these funds help support more than 100 ministries in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
With this in mind, we will postpone the CSA until this fall. A new date will be announced in the near future. If you have any questions, please contact me at (313) 596-7146.
Although we cannot gather for the Chrism Mass as we traditionally do, all clergy are encouraged to watch the livestream of this year’s Chrism Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6. You may watch on www.aod.org/livemasses, www.facebook.com/archofdet, livestream.com/accounts/19963606 or on the Catholic Television Network of Detroit.