Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This week (Mon-Fri) I am taking some vacation time. I will be going to a farm show in Kentucky with Dad and some of my family. We will be swinging through Cincinnati on the way down to visit some relatives. It is going to be a fun week.
We have had an interesting winter so far- I don’t know when the last time was our kids got 7 days off of school in a row! Hopefully the Polar Vortex is gone for the year. Nevertheless, I want to take this opportunity to answer a couple of questions that come up every winter.
Parish Office closure:
When this happens, I just want to remind you that in the event of an emergency you can always get ahold of me or Fr. Tomy by calling the emergency line. That number is 517-258-0448.
Our Mass Schedule:
We will always have Mass at Sacred Heart when it is scheduled even if the parish office is closed for weather. Fr. Tomy or I can always get over to the Church and so we will pray Mass. I have always been amazed- in every parish I have served in no matter how bad it is someone always shows up. I have never been the only one there. For those who can come and want to come we will be there.
With St. Mary on the Lake there might be the occasion where Fr. Tomy or myself can’t make it for Mass. If this happens on a Sunday Deacon John would offer a communion service (technically called a “Sunday Celebration without a Priest” Liturgy) for whoever comes. If this happens on a Thursday, we will cancel the Mass and Suzzanne will send out an email notifying parishioners.
This all being the case when it comes to extreme weather please use prudence. If it isn’t safe to come to Mass please don’t come to Mass. I would encourage you on those occasions where weather keeps you home to take 45 minutes to an hour, (the same amount of time we would spend with Jesus at Mass), and spend that time in prayer. If you find it helpful to keep up with the readings you would have heard at Mass you can find the readings online or on the My Parish App.
Distribution of the Precious Blood at Mass:
This time of year, the flu is always making its way around. There can be a concern about receiving the precious blood from the chalice at Mass being the cause of the flu spreading. At times we will stop distributing the precious blood during a particularly bad flu season.
My policy on that will be to follow what the Diocese ask us to do. When it is warranted the Diocese will ask every parish to stop distributing the precious blood. Otherwise we will keep on distributing the precious blood for those who feel comfortable receiving from the Chalice.