Coronavirus Preparedness Recommendations

Letter from Fr. Jeffrey Day

Archdiocese of Detroit

February 28, 2020

Dear Fathers,

As a Church, one of our sacred duties is to look after the health and safety of the community gathered each day for worship and prayer in our parishes. Part of that duty is to help prevent and respond to infectious diseases that may be in the community. In light of growing concerns about the coronavirus and its effects on those who have contracted the disease, we ask each of our parishes to implement the following precautionary measures to help prevent the transmission of any virus:

• Urge the faithful to stay home from Mass if they are experiencing signs of illness. Ensure your community that in this cold/flu season, and especially in light of concerns about coronavirus, an individual does not commit any sin by avoiding Mass to protect others from potential spread of illness.
• For those who do attend Mass, we recommend congregations suspend the practice of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace or elsewhere, and of holding hands during the Our Father.
• We recommend emptying (and cleaning) all holy water fonts.
• We recommend our parishes suspend offering parishioners the Cup of the Most Precious Blood during Holy Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution. If this is a regular practice at your parish, it may help to remind the faithful that the Consecrated Host is the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, meaning an individual does not need to receive from the Cup in order to achieve full Communion with Christ.

Click here for more suggestions and information about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please know that the Archdiocese of Detroit has been, and will continue to, monitor news concerning the coronavirus. We are preparing for any potential impact on our parishes, schools, and other ministries, and will follow any recommendations from local, state and federal officials. In the event that the virus is detected locally, we will communicate detailed plans and provide further assistance.

Fraternally yours in Christ

Fr. Jeff Day
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Archdiocese of Detroit