03/13/2020 08:02pm

The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We enshrine the divine law to give praise and worship to God on the Lord’s Day by the obligation to participate at Mass. We are, however, now in the midst of a pandemic which calls for extraordinary measures. Promotion of the common good is one of the pillars of Catholic social teaching and Catholic life.

New state guidelines and executive orders issued within the past 24 hours have prompted our new guidelines:
Gov. Whitmer has banned all large gatherings over 250 people until Sunday, April 5 at 5 p.m.
Gov. Whitmer has closed all K-12 schools beginning Monday, March 16 – Sunday, April 5.

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective immediately, in harmony with these government guidelines:

Weekend Masses through Sunday, March 29 in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled. However, the Church’s life of prayer must continue:
Churches should remain open for private prayer during normal weekend Mass times and other times as normally scheduled.
Mass will continue to be livestreamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at the cathedral on Sunday, March 15.
Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Daily Masses, where less than 100 people are gathered, should continue in accord with the guidelines from March 11, 2020 in place.
Visits to the sick and homebound should continue. Normal cold/flu season guidelines should be followed.
Funeral Masses may be celebrated.