St. Joseph Shrine Catholic Church
Greetings. During the week of March 15th, Bishop Boyea had parishes stop celebrating public masses because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here we are 10 weeks later and things are slowly starting to reopen. The coronavirus pandemic is unfortunately still very present and active. 100’s of people is still being diagnosed with it every day in the State of Michigan. I personally have 7 friends whose family members have died from this virus. One of these, is a friend whose sister was a Sister of Charity. Priests have also been diagnosed with this virus. They got the virus by doing their ministry, and one of these is a priest who is in his 30’’s from our Diocese of Lansing. My heart is heavy that some priests here in the U.S. and throughout the world has died from this virus.
All of us have been looking forward to resuming coming to Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist. Bishop Boyea has decided that parishes can start celebrating public masses. There are restrictions that a parish needs to follow as to minimize the chance of catching or spreading the virus.
Bishop Boyea wrote and sent the following to the priests of our diocese: “All prudence is to be observed in the parish’s circumstances to safeguard the health of every participate, including the pastor’s own health. Clergy who are among the vulnerable population should consider whether it is reasonable for them to celebrate Masses publicly during these times. Should a pastor determine that his parish not open for public liturgies for any reason (including of course his own age or underlying health conditions), that is always his prerogative. His parishioners should be patient and understanding of such a decision.”
On January 25th, I announced that I will be leaving active ministry on June 24th for health reasons. Unfortunately, as you are aware, I have numerous health issues. Three weeks ago, I had a health problem that required me to go to the emergency room. Recently, I had a conversation with my primary physician concerning my overall health and the coronavirus pandemic. My doctor said that I am a very high-risk person of getting the coronavirus. He has advised me that I should not be around people and that I should not celebrate public masses. I fully understand this yet I am still very saddened by it. I have talked with Bishop Boyea and he 100% agrees with my physician.
As a result, I have made the decision that we will not be resuming public masses at St. Joseph Shrine until after I leave active ministry on June 24th. I pray that you understand why I had to make this decision. It is best for mine and your health during this coronavirus pandemic. Weekend masses will resume on June 27th and 28th as Fr. Dave Hudgins comes here as your pastor. As I announced a couple of months ago, when Fr. Dave gets here there will be no weekday masses, since during the week, he will be working at the Diocese in Lansing. I have been talking with him on the phone on a regular basis to make this transition very smooth.
I have been looking for alternatives for you to attend Sunday Masses in our own area during these next few weekends. On Sundays at 10:30 am, an outdoor public mass will be celebrated in a field at Camp DeSales, weather permitting. I called and talked to Fr. Ken asking him if you could come there for this mass and he has gladly welcomed our parishioners. You can go online to: http://www.desales.org/. Click on: Attention St. Rita and St. Joseph Parishioners and friends.
Let us continue as brothers and sisters to pray for all those who have the coronavirus and for those who are dying as a result of it. May we help promote the common good for others by wearing face masks, social distancing, and washing our hands.
In God’s Peace,
Altar Society Scholarships are available to St. Joseph Shrine students. For more information go to the Altar Society tab under Parish Ministries.
Altar Society June 2020 Rummage Sale is canceled.
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Parish Website Statement
We value the health and safety of the St. Joseph Shrine parish employees and guests. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Joseph Shrine parish has implemented preventive measures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our focus is to ensure we meet the needs of those whom we serve while doing our part to keep our employees and our communities safe. For the latest updates, we recommend the guidance provided at the CDC website (cdc.gov/coronavirus).
Our buildings and worship spaces will continue to be cleaned with disinfectant cleaning supplies regularly.
At this time, we are taking recommended precautions while continuing operations. While some of our employees are able to telework at least most of the time, we have instructed that all employees who work onsite:
- Maintain a safe distance from one another (at least six feet).
- Wash their hands frequently (at least 20 seconds).
- Practice safe hygiene: cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing
- Have hand sanitizer with at least 62% alcohol readily available.
- Wipe down their workspaces at least once per day with sanitizing wipes, which are provided.
- Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of the tissue and wash hands. When a tissue is not available, use the crook of the elbow to cover the cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms such as a fever (100.4° or more) or a cough or trouble breathing.
- Self-quarantine or seek medical treatment when necessary.
We are committed to continuing to serve our parishioners during this time.
Each Sunday, the Diocese of Lansing airs the televised Outreach Mass. The Mass airs at 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM on WLAJ Lansing TV53, and at 10:00 AM on WBSF-TV Flint Channel 46 (CW Network). Please contact your local
cable provider for channel information.
The Outreach Mass is also heard each Sunday at 11:00 AM on WJIM-AM 1240, Lansing, and on Good Shepherd
Catholic Radio Jackson on 1510-AM and 93.3-FM, at 12:00 PM.