Parish Updates - September 2020
To get updates about parish programs during the pandemic, please sign up for Flocknote to receive emails from St. Colette - click HERE to sign up.
For info on livestreaming St. Colette Masses, click HERE.
For info on St. Colette resuming Masses, click HERE.
For updated prayer resources, please scroll down.
Church Safety Update
To continue to provide a safe environment in our worship space, we have installed air purifiers to the air handlers in our church. Many churches, malls, schools, colleges, and more have been very busy this summer installing these devices. Known as plasma generators, these "Iwave" devices use patented technology called needle point ioninzation to create equal amounts of positive and negative ions. When these ions are injected into the air stream, they break down passing pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water vapor. When the ions come into contact with viruses, bacteria, or mold, they remove the hydrogen atoms, which renders the pathogens no longer viable.
These generators will now be our primary line of defense against COVID-19 for our church. While we will continue to spray the building periodically, we will no longer be spraying between Masses on the weekends.
Even though this technology is an extra layer of defense in the fight against COVID-19, it needs to be reiterated that social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands is still paramount to fighting this virus. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines for protecting ourselves and slowing the spread of COVID-19. ~ Greg Boyer, Business Manager
Beginning September 13th, we are reinstating our 10 am Mass. You still need to use only the main doors of the church (the bronze doors under the canopy) so you can receive a copy of the church paper containing the Scripture Readings for the Mass, a song sheet, and the opportunity to offer your financial contribution to the church.
We all know COVID-19 is a very serious illness and can be life threatening for many people. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, especially if you attended one of our Masses or parish activities, please notify the parish office as soon as possible. If you prefer, you do not need to identify yourself. Simply identify the Mass or activity you attended and the date. The parish office can then notify others that someone with COVID-19 was using one of our buildings. If you do identify yourself, the parish can offer pastoral care to the best of our ability.
Please remember those living in poverty and those who need assistance due to being unemployed. While the church is open, you can continue to donate to our parish’s Food Drive. We are accepting monetary donations to the Food Drive as well. Please contact the parish office if you need non-financial assistance to see if the parish can help you.
St. Colette Parish still needs your financial support to maintain our properties, pay our staff and to continue our service to the community. You are asked, to the best of your ability, to continue to make your weekly contributions in the collection basket at weekend Mass, by mail, hand delivery, or by using Faith Direct. If hand delivering your contribution envelopes please do not leave them in the church, or place them in the mail box at the parish office, or try to force them in doorways. Doing so is not a secure method and your donations may be stolen. Please use the mail slots located at the Religious Education/Activities Center door or the one at the Family & Youth Center door (around the corner, to the right of the parish office door). If you have been financially affected by the pandemic, please do not feel compelled to send your contributions. It is more important for you to purchase food, medication and pay your household bills.
Please continue to exercise social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people and wear a facemask when walking to the church and in the church building. When wearing a facemask, please be sure to cover your nose and your mouth! If you are experiencing any signs of illness or have a high-risk medical condition, you should stay home.
For up-to-date parish information during the coronavirus pandemic, please consider signing on to our parish’s email and text messaging tool, Flocknote. For ongoing general information, please visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov and of the Archdiocese of Detroit at aod.org.
Fr. Gary Michalik
Gradual Reopening of Parish Offices & Facilities
In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Archdiocese of Detroit mandates that all parish offices be closed to the public. Staff members are working in the offices and at home but the exterior doors of the offices remain locked. If you need assistance from the Parish Office (including Christian Service), Religious Education Office, or Youth Ministry Office, please telephone or email the appropriate office. To drop off something for one of the offices (such as contribution envelopes, articles for the church paper, etc.), please use one of the mail slots located at the entrances of the Youth Center (around the corner to the right of the parish office) or the Religious Education Office (Activities Center doorway).
Parish activities will slowly be resuming, using the Activities Center, meeting rooms A, B, C, D, the classrooms, and Social Area of the church but groups are limited to ten people. Facemasks must be worn and social distancing must be practiced at all times. To make arrangements to use our facilities please contact the parish office.