Parish Updates - April 2020
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For the Holy Week & Triduum Schedule, click HERE.
For updated prayer resources, please scroll down.
Update from Father Gary - April 2nd
Following the directives of Governor Whitmer’s executive order, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Archbishop Allen Vigneron has sadly mandated that no Holy Week celebrations be offered publicly this year in all churches of the Archdiocese of Detroit. To read the Archbishop’s directive and guidelines please visit aod.org.
Following the Archbishop’s directives public Masses will not be celebrated in our church this weekend for Palm Sunday and next weekend on Easter Sunday. Our Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday will be celebrated but participation is not open to the public. If the coronavirus does not show signs of being contained, it is very likely Masses and parish events will continue to be suspended throughout April and perhaps into May! We will keep you posted.
Though we are not gathering as a parish community for Masses does not mean we should stop praying. Prayer is needed now more than ever! You can see an updated schedule for when the parish is open during Holy Week HERE. At the church entrances and on a table in the center aisle are copies of prayer suggestions during your visit, including the private praying of the Stations of the Cross, and copies of our parish’s church paper (which you can also find HERE.)
For information on how to watch Masses online or on TV, scroll down. There is also a list of Holy Week options we are aware of. There are prayer resources available for you at the bottom of the page, including the daily readings provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
During this crisis, please remember those living in poverty and those who need assistance due to the closing of stores and businesses and facing layoffs. While the church is open, you can continue to donate to our parish’s Food Drive.
St. Colette Parish still needs your financial support to maintain our properties, pay our staff, and continue service to the community. You are asked, to the best of your ability, to continue to make your weekly contributions either by mail, hand delivery, or by using Faith Direct. If you have been financially affected by the pandemic, please do not feel compelled to send your contributions. Please contact the parish office if you need non-financial assistance to see if the parish can help you.
Remember our state’s mandate to stay home and only venture out for things that are necessary like food, medicine, household supplies and for exercise. This is especially true if you are experiencing any signs of illness or have a high-risk medical condition. An individual does not commit sin by avoiding Mass to protect oneself or others from the potential of illness.
Fr. Gary Michalik
The Parish Office, Religious Education Office, and Youth Ministry Office are all closed until further notice.
Most of our staff will handling some of their normal duties from home, and we are all able to access our phone messages from home, although email is a better option to reach us. Father Gary and Greg, our business manager, will be monitoring the buildings and mail. If you need assistance from any staff member, please telephone or email the appropriate office and a staff member will contact you. To drop something off (such as a contribution envelope, article for the church paper, etc.) please use one of the mail slots located at the entrances of the Youth and Religious Education Offices. Both will be checked daily.