The Church is Open for Public Masses and Worship
- Do we have to register to attend or any other restrictions? No. Our church space has been large enough to accommodate all who wish to attend, while maintaining proper social distancing. If we do reach our limit (about 25% of full capacity or 225-250, depending on the size of family groups), we will livestream the Mass and bring communion to the parking lot. Face coverings/masks are required at all times, covering both nose and mouth. If you are uncomfortable with wearing a mask throughout, please stay home and participate in the livestream Masses. Every other pew is open for seating. Please sit near the aisle. Smaller groups are encouraged to come toward the front and use those pews, so that larger groups can use the longer pews.
- Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:30 pm, Sunday 8:00 and 10:00 am and 12 noon. This is our usual schedule with the addition of livestreaming 10:00 a.m. Mass, and offering Communion to those who livestream (see below).
- Weekday Masses have resumed with the following schedule for the foreseeable future, all open to the public. Monday evenings (6:45 p.m.), Tuesday early mornings (6:45 am.), Tuesday morning (8:30 a.m.), Wednesday morning (8:30 a.m.) Friday mornings (8:30 a.m.), first Saturdays of months morning Mass (8:30 a.m.)
- Funerals, Weddings, and Baptisms can be accommodated. Please call the office and work with the funeral home to arrange. For those who had a death during the past two months and no funeral or memorial Mass, we can now schedule it with your family. For funerals we are not able to host pre-funeral gathering times. When people come in for the funeral, they will be asked to come into the church and find an appropriate seat. If a time is needed for family and friends to gather, please arrange to have that take place at the funeral home.
- Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has resumed in the chapel. And the chapel is open for personal prayer. The schedule is Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday evening till 8:30 p.m.
- The schedule for Individual Confession is the usual Saturday afternoon from 3:00-3:30 p.m. or by appointment. During Lent, we have added a Tuesday evening, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. time for individual confessions in the church. A screen has been set up in the front of the church on the left, to allow for either face-face or behind the screen confessions.
- Anointing of the Sick should be requested whenever needed, whether at home, senior/nursing centers, or hospitals. Due to visitor restrictions in place at many institutions, please arrange with the administrators for permission for an outside priest to make an in-person visit.
As You Return to Mass, They Will Have a Different Look/Feel
All the Masses and Worship opportunities in the church will have limitations due to health concerns. The main ones are listed below.
- Archbishop Vigneron has asked that all Catholics, who are able to safely do so, to once again participate in the Sunday (Saturday night) Mass in person. As of March 13th there is no longer a general dispensation from Mass. Please read through his Note on Sunday Mass Obligation as well my “Faith Byte” video on the topic. Instead of a general dispensation, he is asking that we go back to making case-by-case best judgments. If you are elderly or frail or are worried about your health you should remain at home and participate via the livestream opportunity on Sunday. If you are sick or have a cold, cough or flu-like symptoms please do not come to these celebrations. If you have underlying health concerns, please do not come to these public celebrations. If you are a cargiver for someone who is frail, be very careful about coming to public celebrations. On the other hand, if you are going to stores and restaurants, gathering with family and friends, going on vacation, and so forth, then it is important to not use COVID as an excuse for not participating at Mass. Participating via Livestream is a good alternative for those who cannot safely attend Mass in person, but for those who can, livestreaming does not fulfill one’s obligation.
- Face coverings must be worn by everyone who enters the church with the exception of toddlers 3 years old and younger. If you will not wear a face covering or if it is too uncomfortable to do so, then please participate via livestream. We will have a limited supply of face coverings available in case someone forgets theirs, but we encourage you to buy/make and have on hand your own supply. Please note: the covering MUST cover BOTH the NOSE and MOUTH.
- We have blocked out every other pew in order to maintain proper physical distance. We have a number of chairs in the back of the church for those who are by themselves, so that you do not have to take up a half a pew with just one person. Although we are allowed up to 50% capacity, we have limited our space to about 25%, in order to ensure proper social distancing. This equates to about a maximum of 225-250 people at any one Mass.
- Communion: Guides have been marked to keep proper distance. Communion will be done section by section, with a single file coming down any given aisle, keeping the six foot distance. Please wait until the communion minister comes to your section, before stepping out of the pews and going to communion. We no longer are distributing communion to all sections at the same time. With face coverings on from six feet away, bow and the minister of Communion will proclaim “The Body of Christ” and the communicant responds “Amen.” You then extend your hand and the host will be placed in it without touching you. Take a step to the side, lift the bottom of the mask and consume the host and return to your seat. There will be no communion with the cup. We ask that you receive in the hand. If you in conscience believe you cannot, then wait until the line for the priest comes to the end and he will give you Communion.
- Communion to those who choose to participate via livestream will be distributed at the end of the Sunday 10:00 am Mass. Parking spaces will be reserved in the lot. Either livestream the whole Mass from there or come to the parking lot once the livestream reaches the communion time. You will need to get out of the car with a face covering to receive. If someone is truly ill, please let the office know. One of the parish staff will visit with Communion and/or give the family a pyx for ongoing Communion, if the situation warrants it. Pyxes are reserved for serious health situations and for the one who is ill only. It is not a way to bring communion home to someone who livestreamed a Mass or who decided not to come to the Mass. The communion ministers have been instructed NOT to place communion in a pyx unless they know for certain that it will be brought that day to someone who is ill.
Are the Parish Offices open for business? How do I get a Mass card and so forth? The offices are open for public business. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Parish-related business can also be handled at the Information Desk in the Gathering Area before or after weekend Masses. You will find a list of all the staff email addresses and extension numbers below. You can contact them directly that way or leave a message in their voicemail.
- If you know of anyone whom we should call, no matter their age, please let us know. Update the office if you know of someone who has gone into the hospital, as well as any prayer requests for our weekly Tuesday intercessions during the time of Adoration.
- I am not getting the parish email, why? It might be going to spam (check that first) or we do not have a correct email for you. Call the office to let us know your updated email. The email with a link to this bulletin is the most important way we are communicating with all the parish.
- Are all parish committees, commissions and groups now meeting via online teleconferencing? We strongly encourage groups to continue to meet via Zoom, and all parish groups and committees are regularly meeting. The Parish Office may be used for meetings of up to 8 people (to maintain proper distancing requirements). The Fr. Shields Clubroom at the school may be available for groups up to 25. Please call the office to schedule/check on availability. Please note: no sharing of food is allowed at such gatherings, masks must be worn, and all hard surfaces must be cleaned by the group before leaving (supplies are in a basket in the room).
How do we make our donations to the parish during this time? We realize that many are facing difficult financial situations during this time, but for those who are able, we need your support now more than ever. Mail in the Sunday envelopes, or if possible set up a regular donation via our St. Regis website “Donations” page or through your own bank. Thank you.
Are there spiritual resources for myself or family during this time? Everyone can access a huge library of videos, audios and other Catholic resources from formed.org/. Click on the Sign Up button and look for the organization called “Faith At Home Detroit.” Use your email to set up a free account.
Fr. David Buersmeyer and the Entire St. Regis Parish Staff
Call the Parish Office at 248.646.2686 or contact one of the staff members below via email.
Rev. David Buersmeyer, Pastor Ext. 4004, email@example.com
Rev. Dr. Francis King, Deacon Ext. 4012, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Gawel, Pastoral Associate Ext. 4011, email@example.com
Mary Von Koss, Pastoral Associate Ext. 4013, firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Skwara, Director of Faith Formation Ext. 5037, email@example.com
Andrew Neer, Director of Liturgical Music Ext. 4010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Kemp, Business Manager Ext. 4009, email@example.com
Cynthia Neer, Parish Secretary Ext. 4001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice Beers, Parish Pastoral Support Ext. 4008, email@example.com
Katie Brydges, Principal Ext. 5041, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Sofran, Assistant Principal Ext. 5042, email@example.com
Karen Terzich, Admissions Coordinator Ext. 5039, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Venner, Advancement Director Ext. 5036, email@example.com
Eric Gardner, Athletic Director firstname.lastname@example.org