May 19 Update from our Bishop – Opening Public Mass

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May 19 Update from our Bishop – Opening Public Mass

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.


In Spanish:

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.








Dear Friends,

It has been very edifying to see our Masses fill up so quickly. We opened up another 20+ spots per Mass this morning which will bring some of our Masses to capacity. Please know that while we can't guarantee you get into the Mass of your choice please know that Father Sirico and I are committed to everyone getting into Mass. At least for a few weeks please be flexible as we priests are trying to be. If you can't reserve a spot on the "Sign-up Genius" PLEASE DO email or call the office ASAP to get on the waiting list for the Mass of your choice. Again as Fr. Sirico and I said in the virtual town hall meetings we are committed to ensuring that everyone can get into a Mass, so the sooner we get you on the waiting list the sooner we can let you know how we can accommodate you and make plans to so so.

Joyful awaiting the Spirit of Peace,

Fr. Ron

PS: you can reach Mrs. Hiske in the office quickly by email at
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Father Sirico has a message for all before Masses this weekend. Click the photo to watch his video. For those attending Masses, welcome back!


Click these URL links to review the official communications and guidelines for reopening Sacred Heart:

Father's Welcome Back Letter

Sacred Heart Guidelines for returning to Mass:
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We try to keep this page mostly for parish happenings, but we thought you would enjoy this one....Our Sacred Heart Academy teacher, Mrs. Katie Welch changed the words and sent to her fourth grade students this week.

What a year this has been for Sacred Heart Academy!
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