NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE – Statement on the Re-introduction of Public Masses within the Diocese of Lansing

The Diocese of Lansing is preparing to restore public Masses on Monday May 18, 2020, with continuing measures in place to protect public health.

“The Catholic community of the Diocese of Lansing has made some big and, yes, painful sacrifices over the past weeks in order to live out Christ’s divine instruction to love our neighbor as we have attempted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, prevent our healthcare workers from being overwhelmed, and uphold all elements of the common good,” said Director of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, Jeremy Priest, April 30.

While public Masses have been suspended across the Diocese of Lansing since March 17, parishes have continued to celebrate baptisms, weddings, and funerals, with small groups present, while priests have also continued to offer regular confessions. The Sacrament of the Sick has also continued to be administered including the anointing of COVID-19 patients.

In the meantime, some relaxations have already begun to take place in recent days including private Masses for those receiving First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. In addition, churches may continue to remain open for private prayer and, indeed, Bishop Earl Boyea is encouraging parishes to offer such opportunities for personal piety while keeping appropriate precautions in place.

Over the coming days, Bishop Boyea will be finalizing guidelines as to how parishes may safely re-open public Masses on May 18. This will include advice on maintaining social distancing which will see the capacity of church buildings reduced. There will also be advice on maintaining good hygiene for those in attendance at public Masses including clergy and lay faithful.

“As with other aspects of public life, the effectiveness of our social-distancing and hygiene guidelines at our public Masses will be monitored,” said Jeremy Priest.

“We are not precisely sure at this stage what our future practice will look like as the weeks and months progress but it’s our intention to move things forward as safely as we can.”

Issued: April 30, 2020, Feast of Pope St. Pius V


Drive Thru Confession

We will be starting drive thru confessions at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake.  They will be held in the parking lot of each parish so we can maintain the six-foot social distance.  I will be sitting in my car (or if it is nice outside in a chair).  We will have cones indicating where you should drive for confessions.  While waiting in line for confession please keep your windows rolled up to respect the privacy of the person in front of you.  I myself went to my first drive thru confession last weekend and found it worked pretty well.  I will chalk it up to another first during the Coronavirus lock down!

Sacred Heart on Wednesday’s from 5-6:30 pm

(May 6 & May 13)

St. Mary’s on the Lake on Saturday’s from 2-3:30 pm.
(May 2 & 9)

God Bless!
Fr. Todd

Mass, Sunday, May 3, 2020

This weekends Mass intentions are offered for the following:

Sacred Heart:
Marie Schange ~ 3rd Anniversary by Kathy

Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake children preparing for their First Communion.

St.Mary on the Lake:
Linda and Leonard Giesige 47th Wedding Anniversary

Daily Mass for Sunday, May 3, 2020 
Part #1
Part #2

Today’s Readings can be found here: