Friends of St. Anthony’s,
Parish leadership and staff want to make sure that you have seen the recent advisories from Bishop Boyea, most notably the dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays:
All Catholics within the Diocese of Lansing are dispensed from the grave obligation of attending Holy Mass on a Sunday. This applies to everybody and is particularly aimed at those groups most at risk from infection, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
This means that Mass is still happening, and St. Anthony’s is presently keeping to the usual daily and weekend Mass (and confession) schedule. However, if you are sick in any way, might have been near someone who is sick, or are worried about getting sick, there is no guilt in staying home. In fact, if you fall in either of the first two categories, please DO stay home.
If you come to Mass, please practice social distancing (leaving space between non-familial pew neighbors) and follow all other sanitation guidelines. The church remains open for prayer during usual daytime hours. Most events are being cancelled by the staff or volunteer in charge, so watch for e-mails or phone messages regarding those or check the website. Updates for the coming week include:
- Sunday Morning Bible Study: IS meeting
- Youth RE: Cancelled all week
- Monday Islam Series: IS meeting
- Tuesday Living the Gift Series: Cancelled
- Tuesday Men’s Night: Adoration only, 8-9pm, no social time
- Wednesday RCIA and Adoration: Cancelled
- Friday Stations of the Cross: IS meeting
If you are in need of material or spiritual assistance during this time, please let us know by calling the office next week at 437-3305. We must pray for one another and see how we can assist one another, even while keeping our distance socially. We have the example of many, many saints (and Our Lord!) who continued to love and care for others–and grow in faith–during very stressful times.
- You can follow all updates from the Diocese of Lansing here: https://www.
- Mass can be watched online at noon every Sunday here: http://www.
- The daily devotional Magnificat is offering all Mass readings and other daily prayers free of charge here: https://us.magnificat.
- And you can pray a prayer of Spiritual Communion any time, especially on Sundays if you do miss Mass:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Finally, let us all pray Pope Francis’s prayer to the Blessed Mother during this trying time (and continue to pray it daily):
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial,
but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.