Parish Updates - April 2021
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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 installed these devices. Known as plasma generators, these "l wave" 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
Masses are currently happening on the regular schedule of 4pm on Saturday and 8am, 10am, and 12 noon on Sunday. 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. Now that Archbishop Vigneron has lifted the general dispensation to attend Mass, we have many more people who want to attend Mass, but still the same amount of distanced seating that meets the AOD and State of Michigan spacing guidelines. We do not want to turn away those who wish to attend Mass, but we are in a difficult position until we are able to relax distancing guidelines. Please arrive early at Mass to get a seat, and be patient with our staff and volunteers that are doing their best to help you. If you arrive and there are no seats available, you will be given a list of other local parishes and their Mass times. You are also always welcome to watch the livestream of our Mass on Facebook.
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.
Updated Parish Office Hours and Activities
As of April 14th, the Parish Staff is now back in the office working in-person, at our regular, pre-pandemic office hours. Access to the Parish Offices is still restricted to parish staff members but the lobby of the Parish Office is open and staff members will be present during posted office hours. Feel free to contact the Parish Office at 734-464-4433 or email at email@example.com.
For parish activities such as meetings, Christian service events, study and support groups, etc., the latest guidelines from the Archdiocese now allows the parish to make our buildings available if people feel comfortable gathering in person. All COVID safety measures (facemasks, social distancing, etc.) must be followed when these activities take place on parish properties.