Special Message regarding COVID-19
Updated March 27, 2020
Dear Parishioners of the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit,
Now that cases of coronavirus are becoming more frequent in Michigan, it is likely that we will see more of our co-workers, friends and family being affected by the spread of this virus. This is the reason I am contacting all of you today.
With the permission of our pastor, Msgr. Chuck Kosanke, I am sharing that he is currently hospitalized in western Michigan with a suspected case of coronavirus. He has been tested and will receive results shortly. I will let you know as soon as I have further information.
Out of an abundance of caution, the staff of both parishes have been notified and are self-quarantining as we await test results. Msgr. Chuck’s family and those who have been in contact with him recently have been notified as well. Msgr. Chuck and both his parishes have been and will continue to follow all guidelines issued by the Archdiocese of Detroit and government and public health officials.
I understand that this news can be unsettling and cause for concern. Please know that Msgr. Chuck last interacted with parishioners during the week of March 8-14, before public Masses were suspended. He left town for western Michigan this past weekend. I am informing you of his possible diagnosis so that you can monitor your health, contact your health care provider if needed, and take appropriate precautions for both you and your family.
The best plan for addressing the spread of coronavirus is to remain informed and follow simple steps to help contain the spread of this virus:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, cloth, or with your inner elbow when sneezing and/or coughing.
- Always thoroughly wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- When soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Put distance between yourself and other people. (Michigan is currently following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.)
- And of course, please stay home if you are not feeling well. This is a good habit to follow for any illness, but even more important given the current spread of coronavirus.
- Please join me in prayer for Msgr. Chuck, all those impacted by coronavirus, and for the protection of our community. You will find some faith resources here. We continue to place our faith in Jesus and pray for the health and well-being for everyone in our community.
God bless you.
Fr. Ryan Adams
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STE. ANNE DURING COVID-19
As you know, public Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit have been suspended until April 13. Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit will post both Sunday and weekday Masses in English and Spanish on our website. The day’s Masses will be posted on this page by 12 noon and on our YouTube channel.
Since people are unable to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus, they are asked to make an act of spiritual communion. St. Thomas Aquinas (13th century) defined this as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received him.” St. Teresa of Avila (16th century) wrote, “when you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion.” St. John Vianney (19th century) wrote, “If we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, let us replace it, as far as we can, by spiritual communion, which we can make every moment; for we ought to have always a burning desire to receive God.” St. John Paul II (20th century) wrote, “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of spiritual communion, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.”
To make an act of spiritual communion pray: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unit myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Private Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and Stations of the Cross
These have all been cancelled until further notice. The church and chapel are closed to the public.
Individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered by request. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals have been suspended. Graveside services are still permitted. Baptisms may be done in an emergency situation. The basilica staff is committed to following the directives given by Archbishop Vigneron.
At this time, the parish office will be closed. Calls to the parish office have been forwarded to a staff member at home.
At this time, the weekly fish fry has been suspended.
7 Churches Pilgrimage and Holy Thursday
The 7 Churches Pilgrimage event scheduled for Holy Thursday, April 9 has been cancelled.
Basilica Mass Postponed
The Mass of Thanksgiving with Archbishop Vigneron celebrating our becoming a basilica was scheduled for April 26. It will be rescheduled.
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.
Gatherings of parish groups on our campus are not permitted through April 13. We encourage all parish groups to consider communicating via email and other electronic means rather than meeting in person.
Online Spiritual Services
Our parish has been encouraging its members to subscribe to Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever. This is a great online spiritual resource. Here is the link to sign up. We will be reaching out to you more over the coming weeks to provide additional online resources.
Please remember that the weekly offertory is an essential part of paying our bills. I encourage you to mail in your donation to the parish office or to donate online.
Cleaning of Facilities
The church and chapel will be cleaned regularly per CDC guidelines.