St. Regis Ongoing COVID-19 Update
Public Masses and Worship Begin Again!
- 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).
- Funerals, Weddings, and Baptisms no longer have the 10 person limit. 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.
- Opportunities to celebrate First Eucharist will begin in July, but no one will be required to choose a summer Mass. We will continue with them into the fall or even next spring, until all First Eucharists have occurred. Please check the First Eucharist Sign Up Genius for open summer slots.
- Confirmation is still postponed until we hear from the bishops.
- Weekday Masses have now resumed with a modified schedule, trying to have one Mass per week for various needs: Monday evenings (6:45), Tuesday early mornings (6:45 am.), Friday mornings (8:30 a.m.). We will continue to livestream a Wednesday midday Mass at 12 noon (also open to public) beginning June 3rd.
- 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 Tuesday evening Benediction Service will continue (open to the public and will also be livestreamed) and begins at 8:00 p.m.
- The schedule for Individual Confession return to the usual Saturday afternoon from 3:00-3:30 p.m. or by appointment.
- 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.
- The obligation to participate at Sunday Mass has been lifted by Archbishop Vigneron for all Catholics—no matter their health situation, at least through September 6. If you are elderly or frail or are worried about your health you should remain at home and participate via the livestream opportunities. If you are sick or have a cold, cough or flu-like symptoms please do not come to these celebrations. If you have traveled by air within the last 14 days, wait until you get past the 14-day mark.
- Face coverings must be worn by everyone who enters the church including myself, with the exception of very young children who cannot tolerate such a covering. If you will not wear a face covering or if it is too umcomfortable 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 pews in a way that maintains proper physical distance. Because of the size of our church space we can fit about 190 people, given the distancing requirements. We ask that you follow the directions of the ushers/greeters upon entering, so that we can find the proper seats for everyone. Pews have been marked as either aisle pews or mid-pews, along with the maximum number in that pew. Individuals or couples are asked to sit only where it is designated for 1-2 people (front half of the church) so that the longer pews are open for large families.
- Liturgical Ministers: Ushers/Greeters, Sacristans, Lectors, Altar Servers and Ministers of Communion have adapted guidelines. They have been posted on our website . Because many who are older will not be coming to church at this time, we will need others who attend to step up and take on these ministries. Please pray and be open to saying yes to one or more of them in the weeks ahead.
- 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 the homebound, ill, vulnerable or 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 we required to “attend” Mass via TV or livestream as part of our Sunday obligation? What about making the ‘Easter Duty”? Archbishop Vigneron has lifted the obligation to participate in the Sunday/weekend liturgy for the time being. That means no one is obligated to participate through TV Masses or livestream Masses, but we strongly encourage all St. Regis parish members to join us for our Sunday 10 am livestream Mass (or view it later in the day). But any obligation has been lifted. Even when we come back to some semblance of normality, reasons of age, personal health or danger of spreading illness to others always lifts the obligation. You do not need to confess “I missed Sunday Mass” for these months of extraordinary circumstances.
Are the Parish Offices open for business? How do I get a Mass card and so forth? The offices are now open once again for public business, beginning Monday June 8. Summer office hours are Monday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday thru 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 weekly 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 weekly 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? aThe 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 30 or so during this time. Please call the office to schedule/check on availability. Where possible, Councils, commissions, committees, and groups are encouraged to keep meeting or communicate with each other using online and other electronic means. The parish staff is available to help set these up, if needed.
Is the St. Regis Catholic School and Faith Formation Program still in session? Both the school and faith formation have completed their year. School registration for the 2020-21 school year continues. Contact the school and they will get back to you.. Registration for catechetical classes in the fall 2020-21 year can be done online. Vacation Bible School will take place but in an online format and at a reduced cost.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Dr. Francis King, Deacon Ext. 4012, email@example.com
Christopher Gawel, Pastoral Associate Ext. 4011, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Von Koss, Pastoral Associate Ext. 4013, email@example.com
Theresa Skwara, Director of Faith Formation Ext. 5037, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Neer, Director of Liturgical Music Ext. 4010, email@example.com
Liz Kemp, Business Manager Ext. 4009, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Neer, Parish Secretary Ext. 4001, email@example.com
Janice Beers, Parish Pastoral Support Ext. 4008, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Brydges, Principal Ext. 5041, email@example.com
Heather Sofran, Assistant Principal Ext. 5042, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Terzich, Admissions Coordinator Ext. 5039, email@example.com
Heather Venner, Advancement Director Ext. 5036, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Gardner, Athletic Director email@example.com