Date: July 30, 2020
Subject: Clarification Regarding Governor Whitmer’s Latest Executive Order
We have received questions expressing concern about what impact, if any, Governor Whitmer’s most recent Executive Order 2020-160, issued on Wednesday, July 29, may have on the celebration of public Masses at our churches.
It is important to note that the changes in capacity restrictions announced by Governor Whitmer do not impose a change on the six counties of the Archdiocese of Detroit; rather the Executive Order changes what was allowed in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula and in the Upper Peninsula. For our portion of the state, indoor private gatherings remain capped at 10 persons.
Consistent with earlier orders, section 14 of this Executive Order states that “neither a place of religious worship nor its owner is subject to penalty under section 17 of this order for allowing religious worship at such place. No individual is subject to penalty under section 17 of this order for engaging in religious worship at a place of religious worship.”
Our current directives and guidelines, issued on June 22, remain in effect:
Churches are permitted to seat up to 50 percent capacity provided that face-coverings are still worn and physical distancing between households can be maintained. Their total capacity should be less than 50 percent if this number cannot be obtained while maintaining physical distancing.
Outdoor Masses are permitted without a capacity limit provided physical distancing can be maintained.
Outdoor parish events (non-Mass) are permitted up to 100 people provided that physical distancing is maintained.
With the permission of the pastor, non-liturgical gatherings may take place indoors if they observe strict health and safety guidelines, face-coverings are worn, and the gathering not exceed 10 persons.
Should conditions necessitate a change to our directives and guidelines, those changes will be shared with you via email, text message and posted on our website at aod.org/emergencyresponse.
Please check our Web page, Parish App, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Accounts
for up to date announcements.
Directives for the Resumption of Masses at St. Kieran
Masks: Parishioners 2 years of age and over are required to wear masks while in church and on church grounds. No one will be allowed entrance without a mask.
Entering: Please do not gather in the parking lots or in the Gathering Space before Mass. All parishioners are asked to enter by the main church doors or the door facing the South parking lot. As you enter please use the hand sanitizer available at each door.
Seating: Only every other pew will be used in the church with a maximum of 200 people; overflow in the Green Room (25 max) and Chapel (32 max) for each Mass. Those living in the same household may sit together without distancing. However, all others are asked to remain 6' apart.
Singing: Parishioners are asked NOT to sing due to the additional threat of the virus.
Cleaning: The Church and restrooms will be sanitized before and after each Mass.
Communion: During the distribution of Holy Communion, we ask that parishioners follow the directions as announced from the pulpit and the markings indicated on the floor. Please keep your mask on until you are ready to receive the Eucharist. Replace it immediately after you receive. Please don't hesitate to bring your own sanitizer for use before the reception of Holy Communion. We encourage reception of Communion in the hand. If you receive on the tongue we ask that you try to place yourselves at the back of the Communion line.
Dismissal: Social Distancing also applies with dismissal. We ask all parishioners to remain in their pews until asked to leave by an usher. Please do not gather in the parking lots or Gathering Space after Mass.
We will go over these procedures at the appropriate times before and during Mass.
Schedule for Masses and Sacraments
Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:30pm; Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:30am
Weekday Masses: Monday 7:00pm
Tuesday - Friday 8:00am
Confessions: Saturday 3:30-4:00pm
Baptisms: Please call the Parish Office
Please note: Those 65 years of age and older, those with compromised health conditions or caring for the sick in any way, are encouraged to stay home. Anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, etc., should definitely stay home as an act of justice to the whole community.
All the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass through Sunday, September 6, 2020.