With all Holy Masses being inside in the Church, we must be more diligent in adhering to the rules issued for all Parishes by the Archdiocese of Detroit: social distancing, wearing facemasks, and sanitizing the church.
More than ever, diligence in wearing facemasks is crucial so that all people feel welcome in our Parish. There is a significant number of people who – subjectively or objectively – would not feel comfortable coming to Church if people were not wearing their masks. No matter what anyone’s personal stand is, wearing a mask is an act of charity we owe to those who are more vulnerable and more sensitive. Saint John reminds Christians:
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.1 John 4:20
Most people do not like wearing a mask, but Jesus calls us to even do things we do not like, and Jesus Himself was first in line. Our self-denial and sacrifice are a way for us to imitate Jesus and they are also a source of grace for our lives. Wearing a mask can be an act of self-sacrifice offered up for the upcoming presidential election and for peace in the nation.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people have offered their help and assistance. My particular gratitude goes to the maintenance and cleaning staff as well as the many volunteers who have stepped up to help make our Parish open for everybody. Their efforts allow us to offer the liturgy and other services and they should not be taken for granted.
The Parish needs your help now. Discipline and compliance with facemasks will help make our Parish a place where all feel comfortable and welcome; a place to experience the love of God and love of neighbor.