Resumption of Public Masses "Phase 1"
May 14, 2020
It is my hope and prayer that you are all keeping healthy and safe during this difficult time of pandemic and social distancing. I'm writing this note, to thank each one of you for your prayers and continued financial support to our parish during the two months that we were not able to worship together. I know we are all looking forward for the day when we can all safely return to our church family.
God bless you all: AMEN!!
Fr. Linus Kinyua, Pastor
Update May 24, 2020
What a blessing that we can return to Mass and celebrate as a community!
Following are the procedures established by the Archdiocese. Thank you ahead of time for your patience and understanding. Please know that the health and safety of our parishioners is our primary focus.
As per the CDC guidelines, anyone older than 65, anyone with a compromised health condition and those caring for the sick are encouraged to stay home. Also, anyone who feels ill (such as having a temperature, cough, etc.,) should definitely stay home out of concern for the whole community.
Dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is granted to all the faithful through Sunday, September 6, 2020. This means if you are concerned about being in a public place or fall into one of the categories listed above you are not obligated to attend Mass because of the pandemic. You must however still observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday. An excellent way is through participating in a broadcast of the Sunday Mass or participating in a corporal or spiritual act of mercy.
Masks must be worn by all (except for those under 2 years old) in and around the church.
Social distancing will be required although those living in the same household may sit together.
Please do not gather or linger in the church building either before or after Mass.
Although receiving Communion on the tongue is an option, you are asked out of Christian charity and for the concern of others to receive Communion in the hand. If you wish to receive on the tongue you will need to wait until the end of Mass to receive Communion from the Celebrant. We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer to use before Holy Communion.
Mass Times remain the same:
Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday at 4 p.m., Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Guidelines for Returning to Mass
Mass is available each day via live-stream and other media channels. You can find these on link below:
As you temporarily participate at Mass in this different way, you and your families are encouraged to make a daily Spiritual Communion by praying:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
From the Archbishop
From Archbishop Vigneron: May 12, 2020
"Dear brothers and sisters,
I write today to share some measure of hope during this difficult time of pandemic and social distancing. In recent weeks, we have watched with relief as our State of Michigan gradually opened to select businesses and activities, with prudent precautions firmly in place to prevent a severe “second wave” of the coronavirus pandemic. In keeping with this gradual reopening of our society, it is necessary that we make similar arrangements within our local Church to allow once again for the communal celebration of Holy Mass, which at its core is the most “essential” activity known to our world….
…The Mass you may attend in the weeks ahead will look and feel quite different from the Mass you remember from two months ago. It will be imperative for all of us – pastors, parish staff, volunteers, and all the faithful – to work together during these times. The pandemic is not over and safety precautions must be followed in order to promote the continued health and safety of everyone in our community. ….
…..Through it all, we must remember that this virus does not discriminate between gatherings; a group gathered for sacred worship is not immune by the merits of its gathering. It is only through our careful observance of these precautions that we make it possible to resume public Mass…
The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is granted to all the faithful through Sunday, September 6, 2020.
Although the faithful are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass, they must observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection (an excellent way to do this is through participating in a broadcast of the Sunday Mass) or participating in a spiritual or corporal act of mercy. As we enter this new phase of response, keep in mind that although Sunday Mass participation may not be available, weekday Mass will provide other opportunities to celebrate the Eucharist.
If you have been affected spiritually, economically, or mentally by the coronavirus pandemic, refer to this list of resources that provide assistance in metro-Detroit: Spiritual Outreach Support
A rosary is live-streamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral every Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Click the link below to join. Previously recorded rosaries and masses can also be seen at this link.
Mass is temporarily suspended until further notice. During this pandemic and the temporary suspension of public Masses, St. Alphonsus-St. Clement still needs your support. Although we are not celebrating Mass as a parish community, we still have a need to pay our staff, maintain the church building and, importantly, continue our outreach ministries. We ask that, to the best of your ability, you continue to make your weekly offertory donations, either by mailing them to the Parish at 7469 Calhoun, Dearborn, MI 48126, dropping them off in the office mail box, or making an Online Donation.
90th Anniversary of the Church Dedication
This year we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the dedication of our present church building. On May 18, 1930 the new church was formally dedicated by Bishop Michael J. Gallagher.
Parish Office: 7469 Calhoun St., Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 581-5218 ~ 581-7495
Fax: (313) 581-4233
Email: [email protected]
Monday – Thursday
9:00AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Church address: 13540 Gould St., Dearborn, MI 48126
HENRY FORD VILLAGE CHAPEL:
15101 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 846-7712 ext. 1121
St. Alphonsus ~ St. Clement
Saturday 4:00 pm (Confessions @ 3pm)
Sunday 9:00 am & 11:00 am
Sunday 9:00 am
@ Henry Ford Village Chapel
WEEKDAY MASS TIMES
Monday 8:30 am
Tuesday 8:30 am
Tuesday 2:30 pm
@ Henry Ford Village Chapel
Thursday 8:30 am
Friday 8:30 am
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Readings for the week of May 31, 2020
- Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 / Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b / Dn 3:52, 53, 55, 56 [52b] or Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Ez 37:1-14 / Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  / Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Day: Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 [cf. 30] / 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / Jn 20:19-23
- Monday: Gn 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14 / Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7 / Jn 19:25-34
- Tuesday: 2 Pt 3:12-15a, 17-18 / Ps 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14 and 16  / Mk 12:13-17
- Wednesday: 2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12 / Ps 123:1b-2ab, 2cdef [1b] / Mk 12:18-27
- Thursday: 2 Tm 2:8-15 / Ps 4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14  / Mk 12:28-34
- Friday: 2 Tm 3:10-17 / Ps 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168 [165a] / Mk 12:35-37
- Saturday: 2 Tm 4:1-8 / Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22 [cf. 15ab] / Mk 12:38-44
- Next Sunday: Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9 / Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 [52b] / 2 Cor 13:11-13 / Jn 3:16-18