Update for March 5, 2021 – The Catholic Bishops of Michigan have released a new statement regarding the morality of COVID-19 vaccines.
You may read the statement here: Michigan Bishops Covid Vaccines Statement: March-2021
For more information, please visit grdiocese.org.
Update for Feb. 12, 2021 – Bishop Walkowiak Invites Catholics Who Are Healthy And Able To Return To Mass This Lent; Extends Dispensation Until Further Notice For Those Who Are Unable To Attend In Person Because Of Health Reasons Or Other Factors.
The Bishop has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through February 17, 2021. – Bishop Walkowiak
Given the current situation and our restricted capacities for Mass, Bishop Walkowiak is extending the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through February 17.
- Public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments will continue with the appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place. Those who are able to attend Mass should return, remembering that our physical presence at the Eucharistic table is irreplaceable. These mitigation strategies need to be followed to ensure public Masses remain available.
- This dispensation is granted broadly to ensure that anyone who needs to stay home can do so in good conscience. If you are homebound, please contact your parish to inquire about the ability to have Communion brought to you.
- While this dispensation is in effect, all baptized Catholics are reminded of their obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Mass from the Cathedral of St. Andrew will continue to be televised Sundays at 10am on Fox17 and live-streamed on the diocesan website and on Facebook.
Please visit the Diocese COVID-19 Page for the latest Letter from the Bishop
Read the latest communication from our Bishop here:
Bishop Walkowiak has announced that beginning Friday, May 29, 2020 parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids may resume public Masses and liturgies if they are prepared. Reopening will take place carefully and in phases. Please see the Bishop’s letter below, along with the directives, from which Sacred Heart has based their own reopening SH Parishioner Guidelines for Returning Masses:
The Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its suspension of ALL public Masses and other liturgical and devotional services through May 28, 2020. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains through June 30.
Previous letters from the Bishop:
The Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of all public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through May 17, 2020.
La Diócesis de Grand Rapids ha extendido su cancelación de todas las Misas públicas y de todos los demás servicios litúrgicos y devocionales, con efecto inmediato, hasta el 17 de mayo de 2020.