UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020
Beginning on March 17, 2020 at 9:00 am, and continuing through April 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm, the governor of Michigan’s Executive Order 2020-11 (COVID-19) prohibits all assemblages of more than 50 people in a single indoor shared space and all events of more than 50 people are prohibited in this state. A single indoor shared space includes but is not limited to a room, hall, cafeteria, auditorium, theater, or gallery.
In union with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Archdiocese of Chicago, as well as health officials, and legal counsel, the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle will be mandating guidelines effective immediately to limit the spread of the Coronavirus at our parishes and larger communities.
By mandate of Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat, all Masses and stations of the cross are suspended and everyone is dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice. It is not a sin to miss Mass these days because the Bishop has dispensed everyone. All parishes within our diocese (including Michigan, Illinois, and our mission churches) are required to implement these policies until further notice.
CANCELED UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2020 (or until further notice):
- All Masses (including all Sunday and daily Masses)
- All stations of the cross
- All first communion and catechism classes
- All bible study groups
- All formation classes
- All youth groups
- All parish hosted tazia gatherings
- Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may continue as scheduled, but only immediate family may attend and may not exceed 50 people
- Private confessions will still be available, at each pastor’s discretion (no communal penance services)
Live streaming of Arabic, Chaldean, and English Sunday Masses (with a spiritual communion) will be streamed live from Mother of God Cathedral. You can watch all Masses on our website, chaldeanchurch.org/live, or on our YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages.
The source and summit of our faith in Jesus Christ is the worship of Him at Masses. Therefore, the decision to temporarily suspend public celebration of Mass was not made lightly. Our hope is in the Lord during these difficult times, and we are united always in prayer to God, Our Lady, and the Communion of Saints.
For more information on local legislature and what the state of Michigan is implementing to combat the coronavirus, visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.