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May 15, 2021


The following guidelines are being implemented regarding Holy Mass:

  • Masks are now optional and no longer mandatory — based on new Michigan state orders and guidance issued by the CDC (View CDC Guidelines).
  • Communion: The distribution of Holy Communion will return to its proper time (before the final blessing) and should still be received by hand.
  • Holy water will be re-instated in all churches (at the discretion of each Pastor).
  • Collection baskets are allowed to pass through pews (at the discretion of each Pastor).
  • Mass Books are allowed again and may be stored in church pew shelfs.
  • Church Halls may reopen for funeral services, “tazia,” etc. They are still not to be used for social gatherings. Official parish ministries is the only exception.
    • Illinois parishes have been given special permission, per the discretion of the Pastor, to allow funerals.
  • Disinfecting Churches: Disinfecting churches and its regularity is up to the discretion of each Pastor.

As a reminder, the faithful still do not have an obligation to attend Mass in the following circumstances:

  1. You are sick or your health would be compromised if you were to get sick.
  2. You have flu-like symptoms.
  3. You have reason to think you might be asymptomatic of an illness (e.g., you were in recent contact with someone who tested positive for COVID).
  4. You care for the sick or homebound.
  5. You are pregnant.
  6. You are 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).
  7. You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (for example, no Mass is offered or your church was at capacity).
  8. If you have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.