Update from our Bishop – as of November 16, 2020

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Update from our Bishop – as of November 16, 2020

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 January 4, 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 January 4. Public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments will continue with the appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place: the required wearing of masks, proper social distancing, and cleaning according to CDC guidelines. These mitigation strategies must be followed to ensure public Masses remain available. Those who are able to attend Mass should return, remembering that our physical presence at the Eucharistic table is irreplaceable. Pastors will be making decisions about parish programming in accordance with State epidemic orders issued Nov. 15. Please check with your parish for additional information.

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-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-June-23-2020


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:

Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-May-19-2020

Covid-19-Guidelines-for-Returning-to-Public-Mass-flyer-5-19-20


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.

Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-May-8-2020

Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-May-8-2020-Spanish


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.

Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-April-24-2020

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.

Bishop-Walkowiak-Letter-Parishioners-COVID-19-April-24-2020-Spanish

Bishop-Walkowiak-Holy-Week-Easter-Letter-2020

Bishop-Walkowiak-Holy-Week-Easter-Letter-2020-Spanish