Parish Life


Updated July 20, 2020

In accordance with the guidelines issued by the Archbishop of Detroit, in-person Masses have resumed. Please read on for information about how our parish will operate during this time.

Public Masses

We are very excited to see people in our basilica once again! 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 Sundays. There will be no 8:30 Mass at this time.
  • Mass has been running very smoothly and we have plenty of room for everyone to spread out and stay well below the 50% capacity allowed by the archdiocese. 
  • We offer reserved seating at Sunday Mass for senior citizens at the front of the church near the Shrine of Ste. Anne and the Our Lady of Guadalupe altar. 
  • Everyone must wear a mask to enter the basilica. There will be hand sanitizer available.
  • Entry and exit will be through the main center doors only.
  • Ushers will escort ticket holders to their pews. 
  • 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. The basilica will be cleaned and disinfected after each Mass, and we need to begin that process immediately after Mass.
  • Two offertory bins are placed in the center aisle in front of the center doors.
  • Mass will continue to be live streamed on this page, on our YouTube chanel and 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 500 people and are not able to come inside, or don’t feel comfortable coming inside but want to receive the Eucharist, 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.
  • For more information on the diocesan guidelines, click here to read them in total or here for a video summary.

Daily Mass
All weekday Masses are now held in-person and are no longer recorded or live-streamed. 

Light a Candle
During the Covid-19 closure, many people have asked if they can have a candle lit in the church for their special intentions. We are happy to announce that the answer is yes! Please use this form to purchase your candle. Our staff will place your candle in the church, light it for you, pray for you and email you a photo.

Office Hours
At this time, the parish office is open, but visitors must have an appointment. Please call 313-496-1701 to make an appointment. 

Food Pantry
Our food pantry will continue to operate on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Donations can be dropped off on Wednesday mornings only. Click here for a list of needed items. Click here to make a monetary donation

Parish Groups
We encourage all parish groups to consider communicating via email and other electronic means rather than meeting in person. Please contact the parish office for further guidance. 

Offertory
Please remember that the weekly offertory is an essential part of paying our bills. If you are not able to attend Sunday Mass, you still have the option to mail in your donation to the parish office or to donate online. Thank you!

Cleaning of Facilities
The parish office, rectory, church and chapel will be cleaned regularly per CDC guidelines.

Other Resources for Those in Need 
The Archdiocese of Detroit has information on its website regarding spiritual support as well as information on support for those in need of assistance with housing, food, mental health services and much more. The City of Detroit also has many resources for families in need and information on charities that are providing aid. Please visit the City of Detroit website and its special Covid 313 page for details.