Updated May 19, 2020
In accordance with the guidelines issued by the Archbishop of Detroit, in-person Masses will resume on May 24. Please read on for information about how our parish will operate during this time.
Public Masses to Resume on Sunday, May 24
We are 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.
Sunday and Weekday Virtual Masses in Spanish and English
Fr. Ryan and Msgr. Chuck are saying Mass every day in English and Spanish and livestream Mass every Sunday at 10 a.m. in Spanish and 12 noon in English. You can find these Masses on Facebook, on our website and on our YouTube channel.
Sunday Confessions and Eucharistic Procession
Every Sunday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. there will be confessions in Spanish and English by the entrance of the chapel. Social distancing guidelines are followed. From 2:00-3:00 p.m. the Blessed Sacrament will be processed through the streets of southwest Detroit with the help of our parish Jornadas group.
Weekday Holy Hour
We will be offering Eucharistic Adoration from the outside of the rectory everyday through May 31 from 1:30 p.m. to midnight. Please come by car or on foot and observe all social distance guidelines as you spend time with Jesus.
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.
At this time, the parish office will be closed. Calls to the parish office have been forwarded to a staff member at home.
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. Click here to make a monetary donation.
Gatherings of parish groups on our campus are not permitted until further notice. We encourage all parish groups to consider communicating via email and other electronic means rather than meeting in person.
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.