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From the Archdiocese of Detroit
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March 23, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As citizens of Michigan, we join with our neighbors in observing measures to address the spread of COVID-19. As we continue to practice social distancing to limit the virus' spread, our response as the Body of Christ must always begin in faith. We believe Jesus is still Lord. We believe that God can bring good from this time. We believe that we are not abandoned but remain – however mysteriously – in the loving hands of the Father.

It is with great sadness that I have to announce to you that Holy Week celebrations will not be offered publicly this year in the Archdiocese of Detroit.  To ensure we cooperate with and support the governor and local health officials during this time as well as assuring you of my continued commitment to the work of unleashing the Gospel, I am issuing these directives regarding the life of our parishes, the administration of the Sacraments – particularly to those who are sick and dying – and the celebration of Holy Week.

While it is not possible for us to gather in our parishes during Holy Week and on Easter, it is possible for us to be connected in other ways. I ask you to remain attentive to aod.org and spiritualclosness.org for ways to be connected with each other during these days. I would also ask you to please continue your financial support to your parish. They rely entirely on your contributions and your generosity. I am very grateful for your support, especially during this time.

In addition, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit to join me, the Holy Father and faithful around the world in these two times of prayer this week:

  1. Wednesday, March 25 – the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – to pause at 12 noon to pray the Our Father.

  2. Friday, March 27 to pray at 1:00 p.m. (in union with the Holy Father in Rome) and, as you are able, to receive the Plenary Indulgence that will accompany the Eucharistic Benediction from the Holy Father on this occasion.

I know this is an unprecedented time in the life of our local Church. But unprecedented challenges bring unprecedented graces. If we unite ourselves to the Lord we will emerge from these days of trial and uncertainty more ready to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Please know of my prayers for you and our whole State of Michigan during these days. Asking the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit

March 18

Guideposts

To help the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit journey through during these difficult times, Archbishop Vigneron offers ten guideposts to help us find God’s grace while facing the present and future challenges.

Click here to Read the Guideposts or Click Here to Download Guideposts

 

UPDATE FOR MARCH 17, 2020

As recommended yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public gatherings should be limited to 10 or fewer people for the next 15 days. To ensure that we are in alignment with these guidelines, attendance at weddings and funerals must be limited to no more than 10 people through March 30.

 

UPDATE FOR MARCH 16, 2020

We are aware of the latest recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel in-person events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Archdiocese of Detroit continues to monitor the situation and consult with healthcare experts. We will have more information for you soon on what impact this may have on Catholic Schools, the temporary suspension of public Masses, and other events in the Archdiocese.

Weddings and Funerals
Effective today, all weddings and funerals should be limited to 50 or fewer attendees in order to most effectively maintain the “social distancing” called for by government officials and healthcare experts.

 

March 13, 2020 2:54 pm
 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
As we continue to receive reports about the spread of the Coronavirus in our communities, I write to you today with some news that may be difficult to hear. After consultation with health care professionals and government officials, I am temporarily suspending all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Detroit until Monday, April 6.

The celebration of Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, through which we encounter and enter into sacred Communion with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The decision to temporarily suspend this practice was not and must never be taken lightly. As Mass is a commemoration of Christ’s great act of love for us, we take this unprecedented measure with eyes fixed on him and his greatest commandment to love one another, which in this difficult time means that we ensure the health and safety of our community by following the wise counsel of local, state, and federal government and health officials.
 
During this growing spread of COVID-19, we must redouble these efforts, particularly of prayer and fasting. We should pray and fast for God’s mercy on our local community and the whole world to end the Coronavirus pandemic. We should pray for medical professionals, researchers, and government leaders that the Lord would give them wisdom in their work and that we would heed their advice and directions for the good of society, especially for the least among us, those who are most susceptible of contracting this virus and other illnesses. You can find prayer resources here. More resources will be forthcoming
 
The decision to temporarily suspend public Masses has been communicated to your pastors in a separate correspondence with more details. Effective Saturday, March 14, all Sunday and weekday public Masses, faith formation courses, communal Penance services, and all other parish events will be suspended in the Archdiocese of Detroit until Monday of Holy Week, April 6. Mass will be available to you each day via live-stream and other media channels. You can find these on our website www.aod.org. Be assured that our priests will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass each day in private so as to harness and direct the great spiritual grace and power contained therein.
 
As you temporarily participate at Mass in this different way, you and your families are encouraged to make a daily Spiritual Communion by praying:

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.

At the discretion of pastors, churches may be open for private prayer so that you can approach Our Lord who is fully present in the Tabernacle. Whenever the church remains open, it is the responsibility of the pastor (or the one whom he designates) to ensure that no more than 100 people are present at one time. This directive is given by local government so that the number of cases of those infected with COVID-19 does not spike. Therefore, so as to refrain from large gatherings, there will be no posted times for collective prayers, recitation of the Rosary, or other set times for gathering.
 
Funerals, weddings, and baptisms are at the discretion of the pastor but are not to exceed 100 people in attendance. Holy Communion, except as Viaticum, will not be distributed to the faithful at any liturgy during this time.
 
Individual confessions, anointings, and other forms of pastoral care can be offered in a case-by-case basis. Consult your local parish for any of these needs during this time.
 
As I mentioned in my letter yesterday, let us entrust ourselves to Our Lady of Lourdes, patron for those who suffer illness. Through her intercession, may God grant healing and protection to the people of southeast Michigan and beyond. And let us, by the courageous hope with which we face the challenge of the virus’ spread, give witness to our confidence in the good news of the Lord’s victory over suffering and death.
 
Sincerely yours in Christ, 

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

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UPDATE FOR MARCH 13 - From the Archdiocese of Detroit

Late in the evening on March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all K-12 school buildings — public,
private, and boarding — would be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students on Monday, April 6. This includes all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit, both archdiocesan and independent.

In order to faithfully execute Governor Whitmer’s order and to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of all students and school employees, the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools Department issued this letter to parents, faculty, and school constituents, providing further instructions regarding the closures.

 
From the Archdiocese of Detroit March 12, 2020

In response to recommendations from the State of Michigan and the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oakland and Wayne counties, the Archdiocese of Detroit issues the following announcements concerning the health and well-being of Catholics in southeast Michigan:

-Daily and weekend Masses will continue as scheduled until further notice.

-Any other parish or diocesan school events that are anticipated to be nearor more than 100 people should be cancelled until further notice.

-Additional guidelines for liturgical celebrations will be provided to pastors and parishes in anticipation of this weekend’s Masses. Current recommendations are available here.

-The Department of Catholic Schools is directing diocesan schools to close on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16 for deep cleaning and to allow administration and faculty to discern and prepare for possible options going forward.

-In a letter to the faithful, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has offered spiritual guidance and encouraged the exercise of prudence and caution, reminding the faithful of the circumstances under which Mass attendance is not required.

To read Archbishop Vigneron’s letter, click here.

For continuing updates from the Archdiocese of Detroit, visit www.aod.org/emergencyresponse.

 
From the AOD Website - THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE (CURRENT VERSION PUBLISHED MARCH 12, 2020)

In response to recommendations from the State of Michigan and the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oakland and Wayne counties, the Archdiocese of Detroit issues the following announcements concerning the health and well-being of Catholics in southeast Michigan:

  • Daily and weekend Masses will continue as scheduled until further notice.
  • Any other events held at parishes or at diocesan schools that are anticipated to be near or more than 100 people should be canceled until further notice.
  • Additional guidelines for liturgical celebrations will be provided to pastors and parishes in anticipation of this weekend’s Masses. Current recommendations are available below.
  • The Department of Catholic Schools is directing diocesan schools to close on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16 for deep cleaning and to allow administration and faculty to discern and prepare for possible options going forward.
  • In a letter to the faithful, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has offered spiritual guidance and encouraged the exercise of prudence and caution, reminding the faithful of the circumstances under which Mass attendance is not required. To read Archbishop Vigneron’s letter, click here.

For continuing updates from the Archdiocese of Detroit, continue to monitor this page.

FOR LAY FAITHFUL:
  • Please use these prayer resources to pray for the sick, for an end to the coronavirus and, if you are unable to attend Mass, for information on Acts of Spiritual Communion.
  • You can watch Sunday Mass from home online or on TV through services offered by EWTN, Fox 2, Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) in English and Spanish, St. Patrick Parish in White Lake, and St. Hugo Parish in Bloomfield Hills, MI. To find the Mass times and details, click here.
FOR PARISHES:

These are norms in our Archdiocese and are to be adhered to:

  • As a spiritual response, priests can offer a Mass for the Sick (“For Various Occasions” 45) or a Mass for Any Need (“For Various Occasions” 48) these Masses may not replace the Lenten Sunday Mass. These Masses can unite the priest and the faithful to those who are sick and petition God for a reprieve from the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • petition to be inserted at each Sunday Mass for the healing of those who are sick due to the Coronavirus.
  • Remind the faithful that if they are experiencing any signs of illness, they should stay home. No sin is committed by avoiding Mass to protect others from the potential spread of illness.
    • A parishioner can be excused from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass at the judgment of the pastor if they have a reasonable fear of contracting illness.
  • The Office of Christian Worship has provided prayer resources including a prayer for the sick, a prayer for an end to the coronavirus and information on Acts of Spiritual Communion for those unable to attend Mass.
  • During Mass, the practice of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace or elsewhere is to be suspended. We realize this practice will be a culture change, but we are asked to care for the least in our society, we are asking this as a special concern for the care of those who are most vulnerable to this virus. The sign of peace can continue verbally without physical interaction. The minister may consider saying “Let us offer each other a verbal sign of peace.”
  • The faithful should not hold hands during the Our Father.
  • Please empty (and leave empty) all holy water fonts.
  • Ministers (Ordinary and Extraordinary) of Holy Communion should wash their hands before Mass begins and ideally before Communion. If hand washing is not possible, then use an alcohol-based antibacterial solution before and after distributing holy Communion. (If needed, the use of hand sanitizers, even during Mass, is acceptable for all ministers of holy Communion, including the priest and deacon.)
  • The Precious Blood should not be offered to the Faithful. If this is a regular practice at your parish, please remind the faithful that the Consecrated Host is the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, meaning an individual does not need to receive from the Cup in order to achieve full Communion with Christ.
  • The faithful always have the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. At your discretion, you can ask your parishioners as an act of charity and generosity to receive Holy Communion on the hand.
    • Please do your best not to touch the person when s/he approaches for Holy Communion (i.e. the hand at distribution; the head/shoulder for those who are not receiving).
    • If an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is uncomfortable with distributing Holy Communion at this time, s/he can be excused from this ministry.
  • After the necessary purification of the sacred vessels by the priest or deacon, the sacristans should wash the vessels with HOT, soapy water and then air dry them. **Note: This washing by the sacristans should not take place until the sacred vessels have been carefully purified first, according to liturgical norms.
FOR SCHOOLS:
  • The Superintendent for Catholic Schools has published recommendations for parents, please click here.
  • Update emergency plans and ensure all contact lists are up to date. If you do not already have a Pandemic Plan, we encourage you to develop one. To initiate or build upon an all-hazards plan, visit the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools website.
  • Monitor daily attendance for flu-like illnesses and absences. Report to your local Health Department whenever you experience 10 percent or greater school absenteeism, including staff.
  • All sick employees and students should stay home. Plan ahead for extended school closures, staffing shortages, and the possibility of offering online school options.
  • Wipe down desks and surfaces daily.
  • Implement good hand hygiene practices. Instill handwashing importance. Place hand sanitizers in all classrooms and offices. Encourage children to bring in hand sanitizers.
  • Share information on your websites, social media, and newsletters. Suggestions include facts sheets and posters available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Monitor your social media channels and let the Archdiocese of Detroit know of unusual or questionable dialogue, as controlling rumors and false information will help a great deal with an effective response
SACRED HEART MAJOR SEMINARY:
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary has issued a response to COVID-19 with instructions for their students, faculty, staff and visitors, please view these instructions here.

 


Click here for more suggestions and information about the coronavirus from the CDC.

Please know that Archdiocese of Detroit has been, and will continue to, monitor news concerning the coronavirus. We are preparing for any potential impact on our parishes, schools and other ministries, and will follow any recommendations from local, state and federal officials.

We will continue to update this page with new information and resources as they become available.

 

March 11, 2020 From the University of Michigan - Michigan Health

https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/flattening-curve-for-covid-19-what-does-it-mean-and-how-can-you-help

Wellness & Prevention

Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help?

KARA GAVIN

 

March 11, 2020 1:47 PM

History shows that taking strong steps now to slow the spread of coronavirus will help communities and individuals.

A blue and yellow graph explaining the concept of flattening the curve for coronavirus: how many people are sick at once, number of sick people if we don't stop the spread, how many very sick people hospitals can treat, number of sick people if we take steps to control the spread, how long the virus has been spreading
Graphic by Stephanie King.
 
 
 
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Cruises and flights canceled. Colleges and universities sending students home to watch lectures online. Public schools closing. Offices asking people to telecommute. Concerts, parades, festivals and sporting events postponed.

Is all of this really necessary for the coronavirus? Are public health officials overreacting to the threat posed by the virus that causes the disease COVID-19?

It’s absolutely necessary, because it’s worked in the past, says medical historian Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., a University of Michigan expert who has studied the effects of similar responses to past epidemics.

“An outbreak anywhere can go everywhere,” he says. And right now, “We all need to pitch in to try to prevent cases both within ourselves and in our communities.”

It’s called “flattening the curve,” a term that public health officials use all the time but that many Americans just heard for the first time this week.

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What curve? And why is flatter better?

If you look at the image above, you can see two curves – two different versions of what might happen in the United States, depending on next steps.

The tall, skinny curve is bad – it means that a lot of people will get sick at once, in a short period of time because we don’t take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.

Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. But those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available.

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After all, Markel points out, many emergency rooms and hospitals already operate close to capacity on a good day, without coronavirus. Adding a sharp spike in very ill COVID-19 patients to that traffic could mean some people don’t get the care they need – whether they have coronavirus or not.

Howard Markel bio photo
"An outbreak anywhere can go everywhere. We all need to pitch in to try to prevent cases both within ourselves and in our communities."
Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.

The flatter, lower curve is a much better one – but it will take working together to make it happen, says Markel, who’s the director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the U-M Medical School. 

He and his colleagues have studied the effects of efforts to stop the spread of the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic.

Flattening it together helps everyone

If individuals and communities take steps to slow the virus’s spread, that means the number of cases of COVID-19 will stretch out across a longer period of time. As the curve shows, the number of cases at any given time doesn’t cross the dotted line of the capacity of our nation’s health care system to help everyone who’s very sick. 

“If you don’t have as many cases coming to the hospitals and clinics at once, it can actually lower the number of total deaths from the virus and from other causes,” he says. “And, importantly, it buys us time for university and government scientists, and industry, to create new therapies, medications and potentially a vaccine.”

Another key factor to consider: the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians and many other staff who actually work in healthcare. The more cases of COVID-19 there are at any given time, the more likely some of them are to catch it, whether in the community or at work. Once they’re sick, they need to stay away from patients for weeks. Which means fewer people to take care of the patients who need care.

The bottom line

Canceling, postponing or moving online for our work, education and recreation may be inconvenient, annoying and disappointing.

But hospitals need to have enough room, supplies and staff to care for those who need hospital-level care -- whether it’s for coronavirus, a heart attack, car crash, broken bone or birth. That’s why it’s important to listen to public health authorities and leaders if and when they say it’s time to change how we live our lives temporarily.

“Coronavirus is a socially transmitted disease, and we all have a social contract to stop it,” says Markel. “What binds us is a microbe – but it also has the power to separate us. We’re a very small community, whether we acknowledge it or not, and this proves it. The time to act like a community is now.”

March 7-8, 2020

From Fr. Paul Chateau

Guidelines From the Archdiocese of Detroit

Which Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Parish Has Adopted

 

As a Church, one of our sacred duties is to look after the health and safety of the community gathered each day for worship and prayer in our parishes. Part of that duty is to help prevent and respond to infectious diseases that may be in the community. In light of growing concerns about the coronavirus and its effects on those who have contracted the disease, as directed by the Archdiocese, our parish has implemented the following precautionary measures, until further notice, to help prevent the transmission of any virus:

  • We urge you, the faithful, to stay home from Mass if you are experiencing any signs of illness. Please know that in this cold/flu season, and especially in light of concerns about coronavirus, an individual does not commit any sin by avoiding Mass to protect others from potential spread of illness.

  • For those who do attend Mass, we have suspended the practice of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace or elsewhere, and of holding hands during the Our Father.

  • All holy water fonts have been emptied and cleaned.

  • We have suspended offering parishioners the Cup of the Most Precious Blood during Holy Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution. Please know that the Consecrated Host is the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, meaning an individual does not need to receive from the Cup in order to achieve full Communion with Christ.

Please know that we and the Archdiocese of Detroit have been, and will continue to, monitor news concerning the coronavirus. The Archdiocese is preparing for any potential impact on our parishes, schools, and other ministries, and will follow any recommendations from local, state and federal officials. In the event the virus is detected locally, we will communicate detailed plans and provide further assistance.