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Message from the Rector  

May 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,  

I am very happy to announce that under new guidelines issued by the Archbishop of Detroit, the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit will resume public Masses this Sunday, May 24!

This is great news and I am very excited to see people in our basilica once again! But please note that it will not be a return to Mass as it was. There are many guidelines that we must follow in order to hold Mass. It is necessary that everyone adhere to the guidelines. We will not be allowed to hold Mass if we do not follow the guidelines. So please, for the benefit of everyone, take note of the following.

  • Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. in Spanish and 12:00 p.m. in English on Sunday, May 24. There will be no 8:30 Mass at this time.
  • We can only allow 250 people in the basilica. Therefore, we will allow people to start lining up outside the basilica at 9:30 for the 10:00 Mass and at 11:30 for the 12:00 Mass. We will issue tickets to the first 250 people in line. Doors will open at 9:45 for the 10:00 Mass and 11:45 for the 12:00 Mass.
  • Everyone must wear a mask to enter the basilica. There will be hand sanitizer available.
  • Families and individuals should line up next to the markers that will be placed 6 feet apart outside the basilica. This is to maintain proper social distance while in line.
  • Entry and exit will be through the main center doors only.
  • Ushers will escort ticket holders to their pews. Everyone must be seated by an usher. No one will be allowed to choose their own seat. Please be patient and courteous as you wait to be seated.
  • Groups from different households will be seated at least 6 feet apart. Families can sit together.
  • There will be markings on the floor 6 feet apart for the people to line up to receive Holy Communion. Please follow the direction of the ushers.
  • The Eucharist will be distributed according to diocesan guidelines that ensure safety. The priest will provide additional directions during Mass.
  • All hymnals and missalettes will be removed from the pews, and the congregation is asked to not sing during the liturgy. The Gloria and other Mass parts will be recited, and no hymns will be sung. 
  • When Mass is over, ushers will release one pew at a time to ensure an orderly exit. Everyone must leave the basilica when it’s their turn. Please do not linger in the basilica after Mass. The basilica will be cleaned and disinfected after each Mass, and we need to begin that process immediately after Mass.
  • Offertory baskets will be present in several places in the basilica so you can make your donation safely.
  • Mass will continue to be live streamed on our Facebook page for anyone who does not want to attend in person. Do not come to Mass if you have any symptoms of illness. If you are older than age 65, have a compromised health condition or caring for the sick in any way, please consider very carefully if it is wise for you to come.
  • If you arrive at the basilica and are not one of the first 250 people and are not able to come inside, we invite you to watch the live stream Mass from your own device in your car or from the plaza (please bring your own chair!) and receive Communion. A Eucharistic Minister will come outside during Communion time to give the Eucharist to those present who wish to receive it.
  • We plan to begin in-person daily Masses on June 1. More details to come. If you are over 65 or otherwise in the high risk group you may want to consider attending Mass during the week when fewer people will be there.

For more information on the diocesan guidelines, click here to read them in total or here for a video summary.

I look forward to seeing our congregation together again! May God bless you always.

Yours in Christ,

Msgr. Chuck Kosanke


More About the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit

Ste. Anne is the second-oldest continuously operating Catholic parish in the United States. It is a vibrant, multi-ethnic house of worship with a colorful history.

From the original French explorers of the 1700s, to those who worship here today, and the thousands of people who visit the church every year, Ste. Anne stands as a place of spiritual, historical, and cultural significance in our city and our nation.

On March 1, 2020 Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron announced that Pope Francis named Ste. Anne Church a minor basilica. The title is given to churches around the world to denote a particular importance in liturgical and pastoral life and a closer relationship with the pope. Ste. Anne is now one of 86 churches in the United States —and only the third church in Michigan —to hold the title of Minor Basilica. 

Detroit Catholic article about Ste. Anne Church being named a Minor Basilica 

Video: A New Basilica

Wall Street Journal article about Ste. Anne

The Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit will follow all archdiocesan protocols regarding COVID-19. More information is here