St. Rita's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
At the direction of the bishop, all public events, gatherings, and even Masses have been NOW BEEN SUSPENDED through APRIL 30. Bishop Boyea has dispensed all Catholics from the obligation of Sunday Mass participation through this time. (see details below).
Fr. Tom will continue to say Mass, largely according to our regular schedule. Please take advantage of this strange situation to make time to be closer to your family, to pray, to rest and reset, keeping in your prayer our brothers and sisters who are ill and those risking their lives helping to combat this chaos.
Join us for LIVE STREAM MASSES for Holy Week and the rest of April.
Suspension of Public Masses Update from the Diocese of Lansing
Based on the current circumstances and with a profound desire to protect the health and well-being of all, Bishop Boyea has discerned that the current suspension of all public Masses and the liturgical directives that he established on March 17, 2020 should remain in place through April 30, 2020.
While the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Holy Matrimony, and Funeral liturgies will continue as previously directed, the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation will not take place until the suspension is lifted. Possible rescheduling scenarios are being considered.
These determinations were made based upon the most recent directives and guidelines from government officials and health care experts to extend the time period for social distancing in a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The decision to prolong the suspension of public Masses was not made lightly, but out of a fervent desire to protect the health and well-being of clergy, religious, and laity, but especially the most vulnerable.
In this time of suffering and uncertainty, Bishop Boyea has called “all Catholics and, indeed, all people within the Diocese of Lansing” to prayer, fasting, and works of mercy, imploring the Lord to bring an end to this pandemic. As we unite under the “divine mandate to fast and pray when threatened by the powers of darkness (cf. Mt 17:21),” let us entrust ourselves to the Lord, who is rich in mercy.
Many have inquired regarding how this will impact the “Easter duty” of Catholics to “receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season” and the obligation to “confess your sins at least once a year” (CCC 2042). While the basic requirement of the Church is for all Catholics to “confess…grave sins at least once a year” (CIC 989), it is not essential that this take place during Lent. And, while the “Easter duty” of receiving the Holy Eucharist should be done during the Easter season, the Code of Canon Law specifies that “for a just cause” this obligation can be fulfilled “at another time during the year” (CIC 920, §2). Protecting the health and well-being of the most vulnerable in a time of global pandemic is certainly such a just cause.
Catholic Spiritual Resources and Prayers
EWTN Daily Mass
Daily Mass live-stream from Bishop Barron
St. Rita Facebook Livestream Masses
To view Live Masses click below:
March 22- https://bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass1
March 26- https://bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass2
March 29- https://bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass3
April 2- https://bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass4
April 5- https://bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass5
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Join Catholics within the Diocese of Lansing on Friday April 5, as we virtually help create a powerful day of prayer and fasting together.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and although we cannot worship together in-person, we are together in spirit.
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