Statement from St. Rita Parish-Clarklake
Public Masses have resumed here at St. Rita and throughout the diocese. As you can surmise, there will be plenty of cautions, restrictions and guidelines for the safety of us all. In the light of diocesan guidelines for social distancing, our maximum capacity will be 150. Please be understanding if you arrive after we’ve reached that number and hear the disappointing news that there’s no more room. We will require everyone to wear a protective mask and we ask that you bring personal hand sanitizer. The role of the ushers will be significant, especially after Mass as you leave the building. We must keep a safe distance from one another at all times.
I remind you once again that beyond hand-washing, our greatest protection from the virus is to stay at home when we’re not feeling well and to avoid group gatherings if you’re especially vulnerable to it. The Sunday obligation is suspended until September, 6. It may well be extended beyond that date.
Enough with all the cautions and concerns…. Can you imagine how wonderful it’s going to be to finally gather again as a family of faith to celebrate the Eucharist? I miss you so much!
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.
We value the health and safety of the St. Rita Parish employees and guests. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Rita Parish has implemented preventive measures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our focus is to ensure we meet the needs of those whom we serve while doing our part to keep our employees and our communities safe. For the latest updates, we recommend the guidance provided at the CDC website (cdc.gov/coronavirus).
Our buildings and worship spaces will continue to be cleaned with disinfectant cleaning supplies regularly.
At this time, we are taking recommended precautions while continuing operations. While some of our employees are able to telework at least most of the time, we have instructed that all employees who work onsite:
We are committed to continuing to serve our parishioners during this time.
"Return to Mass" Guidelines
published by Diocese of Lansing
*To read the Diocese of Lansing Guidelines in full click here.
The Diocese of Lansing has today published guidelines aimed at assisting parishes to safely re-open public Masses by the end of the month.
“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most “essential service” ever gifted to humanity,” said Jeremy Priest, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
“These new guidelines will help parishes take small but sure and certain steps in the coming days and weeks towards safely resuming public Masses in a prudent and sensible way and with a commitment to the highest standards of public health.”
Today’s guidelines set out the safety and hygiene expectations that will accompany that gradual return of Mass including the practicing of social distancing and rigorous sanitation measures including the wearing of face masks. Parishes are also highly encouraged to continue offering livestream Masses online.
Friday May 29, public Masses are due to return to the Diocese of Lansing with the number of those able to attend Holy Mass increasing from 5% to a maximum of 25% of a church’s seating capacity.
The obligation upon all Catholics to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended across the Diocese of Lansing until, at least, September, 6, 2020.
The gradual reopening of Masses comes two months after the Diocese of Lansing suspended public liturgies in an attempt to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus which, so far, has stricken over 47,000 people across Michigan, killing at least 4,500. May they rest in peace.
Statement by Bishop Boyea on Re-introduction of Public Masses, May 8, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe at this time. Like me, I am sure you are yearning for the day when we can again gather together at Sunday Mass in our parish churches so as to receive our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion.
Because the State of Michigan’s stay-at-home order is now to remain in effect through the end of May and because we remain committed to supporting the common good, including the health of all our neighbors, our plans to celebrate public Masses starting on May 18 have been, sadly, delayed until, at the earliest, June 1. This is a painful decision but one, I believe, that is both prudent and necessary.
From May 18, however, our pastors will be allowed, should they wish, to celebrate, by invitation only, weekday Masses for small groups of parishioners. Unfortunately, this will not happen on Sundays until after June 1. The Diocese of Lansing is also finalizing liturgical guidelines for the safe celebrations of the Mass during this pandemic. These are small but certain steps towards restoring public Masses.
The word “patience” comes from the Latin word pati meaning “to suffer.” I know that many us, clergy and lay faithful, are suffering as we wait patiently for the restoration of public Masses. In anticipation of that wonderful day, let us use this time to prepare our hearts to receive Our Lord in worthy fashion by praying to Jesus every day. Meditate upon his life in the Holy Rosary. Reconcile yourself to him in the Sacrament of Penance. Ask him to give you strength as you wait for him and know that he eagerly waits for you to be one with him very soon.
Assuring you of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop of Lansing
St. Rita Facebook Live Masses
All previous and future Live Masses are available at the link above.
Click the 'videos' category.
March 22- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass1
March 26- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass2
March 29- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass3
April 2- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass4
April 5- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass5
April 11- bit.ly/StRitaEasterVigil
April 12- bit.ly/StRitaEasterMass
April 16- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass8
April 19- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass9
April 23- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass10
April 26- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass11
April 30- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass12
May 3- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass13
May 7- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass14
May 10- bit.ly/StRitaMothersDayMass
May 21- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass18
May 24- bit.ly/StRitaLiveMass19
May 31- bit.ly/StRitaPentecost
Catholic Spiritual Resources and Prayers
EWTN Daily Mass
Daily Mass live-stream from Bishop Barron
Last week St. Rita, Clarklake officially resumed public Masses. May 31, Pentecost, was our first Sunday Mass back together and with the addition of our newest Catholics! Congratulations to all who received sacraments on Saturday.
St. Rita is beautifully decorated with flowers and rope to designate which pews to occupy. Every other is roped off to comply with social distancing protocol. Thank you, Jeannie for putting the time and effort into making our Church look beautiful even during a pandemic.
Our Parish Vision Statement: We strive to be confident in our faith, comfortable in sharing that faith, dynamic in celebrating it and generous because of it.
Our Parish Mission Statement: St. Rita is an Active Catholic community that welcomes all God's children for worship and service. We are dedicated to living and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ now and in ways not yet imagined.