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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:

While there is an exemption for parishioners who “remove a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship,” diocesan guidelines require parishioners wear a mask when participating in the celebration of Mass or a sacrament.  Please come to church with your mask and wear it unless you are medically unable to do so!
Bishop Walkowiak has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through October 18


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.








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Dear Sacred Heart Families, On the 18th of this month we will have our annual State of the Academy presentation. In year's past this was a time to connect families and administration to discuss important institutional updates or changes. Since COVID has caused a constant stream of important institutional changes we have had regular Headmaster Conversations to serve as this communications bridge. These regular check-ins will continue and they have actually enabled us to have a deeper conversation about the school's status and future for this year's State of the Academy. I will be joined this year by several other presenters. We will use this time to reaffirm our understanding of the school's vision and to recharge our zeal for the school's mission. Look for more details on the event next week, but for now please mark your calendars for the evening of the 18th. In Jesus through Mary and Joseph, Sean Maltbie Headmaster ... See MoreSee Less
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