Basilica of St. Adalbert
Saint James Church
REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
Governor Whitmer has issued an executive order requiring Michiganders to stay home, outside of critical functions, for the next three weeks. The diocesan leadership team has met via conference call to discuss how this order affects our parishes, schools, and work at Cathedral Square Center.
Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in harmony with these government guidelines:
• All public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through Easter Monday, April 13, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled.
o All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through April 13.
o Instructions for clergy regarding the liturgies of Holy Week will be forthcoming this week.
o 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.
o Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
• Funerals are to be celebrated without Mass with only immediate family members present, limiting those gathered to 10.
o Alternately, a committal service at the cemetery may be celebrated outdoors, with the appropriate social distancing guidelines in place, with a memorial Mass to be celebrated at a later date.
• Individual confessions at the parish will remain available during regularly scheduled times.
• Individual confessions will remain available on the evening of Thursday, March 26th from 5-8 p.m. as previously scheduled with due precautions being taken. Confessions should not take place in the confessional and should be set up in the main church with background music to protect privacy.
• Parish baptisms and weddings are postponed until a later date. Please contact your pastor in a situation where the death of a loved one appears imminent.
• Holy Communion is only available as Viaticum.
• Confirmation Masses through Monday, April 13, have been canceled and will be rescheduled.
• All Catholic Schools in the diocese remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s order. All school buildings will be closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Essential staff may access the school building to provide food and remote learning programs and distribution with administrator approval.
• Faith Formation classes are suspended until Tuesday, April 14 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
• Parish offices are closed to the public. Only essential staff such as a parish business manager may report as needed.
• The diocesan offices are closed until Tuesday, April 14. Diocesan staff members are working from home to the extent possible and can be reached via email.
These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak earlier in March. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations.
As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who are sick or who have died as well as for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.
Responding toChrist's call
we, the Parish family of Saint Adalbert / Saint James, commit ourselves:
TO BUILD A COMMUNITY OF FAITH
TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF OUR CHANGING NEIGHBORHOOD
that will be a true center of religious and pastoral life,
where all people are valued as children of God;
in a spirit of acceptance and outreach;
By coming together as communities of worship
To be fed by the Bread of Life,
To be instructed, formed and inspired through our openness to God's word and His Spirit.
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULES
*Please check the bulletin regarding possible schedule changes by clicking HERE.
During Lent Reconciliation will be one hour long…they will begin 1/2 hour earlier.
Each day and each Saturday.
Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.
Monday – Friday 5:15 p.m.
Monday - Friday 4:30 - 5:05 p.m.
Saturday 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Saturday 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
TRIDUUM & EASTER SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 9 - Holy Thursday
7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Basilica
7:30pm Prayer & Night Watch, Basilica
Friday, April 10 - Good Friday
12:15pm Stations of the Cross, Basilica
2:00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Basilica
5:30pm Good Friday Prayer Service, St. James
Saturday, April 11 - Easter Vigil
11:00am Blessing of Food Baskets, 2nd Floor Basilica Center
9:00pm Easter Vigil Mass, Basilica
Sunday, April 12 - Easter
9:00am Mass, St. James
9:45am Rosary for the Unborn, Basilica
10:30am Mass, Basilica