It was announced this morning that, after careful reflection and consultation, Bishop Boyea has decided that all public Masses, events, and gatherings will be canceled throughout the Diocese of Lansing beginning tomorrow morning (March 18, 2020) and lasting, for now, through Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8, 2020). At that time, the situation will be reassessed and they will see if plans need to change. To read his complete statement, please click here.
As you can imagine, there are many details to be worked out regarding how best to meet your sacramental needs during this challenging time. We are still in communication with the Diocese regarding how best to do some of these things. Once our plans have been finalized and approved, we will let you know. Meanwhile, here are some things that we already know:
- On Wednesday, March 18, there will be a distribution of Communion during the 6:45 am Mass slot, but no Mass. We don’t know yet if that can continue, but at least tomorrow it will be the case.
- Due to the number of committed adorers who have needed to step back from their time slots, we have already closed the Adoration Chapel. However, we plan to keep the Church open for prayer before Jesus in the Tabernacle from 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week, beginning tomorrow, March 18. Please space yourselves out so as to maintain at least 6 feet between people while in the Church.
- With the increased number of people staying home, we are going to need more people to bring Communion to the sick and elderly in their homes. If you are an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who would be willing to help with this service, please contact Barbara Oas at 734-995-0992 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is available.
- Although we will not be able to have public Masses, Fr. Ed will be celebrating private Masses every day. Therefore, he will say a Mass to cover each of the Mass intentions already scheduled.
- If there are any parishioners, especially the elderly, who are having difficulty meeting their daily needs during this time, our Parish Nurse, Betty Diefenbach, is available to help connect you with resources. You can reach Betty at 734-272-6918 or email@example.com.
- Finally, we encourage all parishioners who are able to do so to continue to contribute financially to the parish. The easiest way to do this is through our Online Giving program. To access the program and, if necessary, set up an account, go to www.myowngiving.com/
Default.aspx?cid=364. You may also mail a check to the parish made out to Christ the King (4000 Ave Maria Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105) or drop off a donation at the parish office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon and 1-5 pm).
This is a dynamic situation that continues to change almost daily. As updates are needed, we will make them available.
Please continue to keep our parish family, our nation, and our world in your prayers during this challenging time. May our All-Powerful, All-Loving Lord Jesus, Who is able to work everything for the good for those who love Him, use this situation to bring great numbers of people to Himself. God bless you!