March 25, 2020
Diocese of Saginaw
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Yes, we live in challenging times as the nation and the world continue to confront COVID-19. As we have seen, the governmental directives to combat the coronavirus have been constantly changing.
It is important that all of us join with our neighbors across the State of Michigan and beyond in observing measures to address the spread of COVID-19.
As we continue to practice social distancing to limit the virus’ spread, our first response as the Body of Christ is to stand strong in faith.
We must remain calm and confident that the Lord is guiding our journey through these times, just as the Israelite people were led through their exodus to a land of new hope.
We must remain a Church with living faith, and not succumb to the darkness of these days which are a part, and solely a part, of our world history.
We continue to place this pandemic in the hands of our loving Father and ask our Blessed Mother to enfold us in the mantle of love and mercy.
Cooperation and Additional Directives
In following directives that were issued in Governor Whitmer’s “Stay At Home” Executive Order of March 23, 2020 and in place through Easter Monday, April 13, 2020, I am deeply saddened to inform you that Holy Week celebrations will not be offered publicly this year in the Diocese of Saginaw.
It is important that we cooperate with and support the governor and local health officials during this time. I have issued additional directives regarding the life of our parishes, the administration of the Sacraments – particularly to those who are sick and dying – and the celebration of Holy Week.
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