March 23, 2020
Re: Coronavirus Pandemic – Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order
Dear members of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish,
We are entering uncharted waters with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order #2020-21, issued today, March 23, 2020.
Its purpose is to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, and to avoid needless deaths, it is absolutely necessary that our Parish and members follow the Governor’s directions to remain at home or in our places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, from March 24 until April 13. (Since the writing of this letter, Governor Whitmer has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe order until April 30, 2020.)
As you are aware, this time frame encompasses Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. As your Parish Administrator, I will continue to offer daily masses (in my own house) and take guidance from the Archdiocese of Detroit and the State Governor as to when we can next have community sacramental celebrations together.
During this time, our parish offices will remain closed, and our wonderful staff will be working from their homes to keep you updated, process on-line donations and keep our Parish app, email newsletters, Facebook and website regularly updated. Our staff will continue to prepare the weekly Parish bulletin, which will be available electronically on our website and on our app. The production company is not making print copies available at this time.
Many members are worried about the upcoming Spring Fling Festival, the good news is thanks to Wyandotte Yack Arena, we have been allowed to reschedule our festival to June 26 / 27. Please note that ALL TICKETS remain valid for the new dates. This celebration will be a “delayed” St. Patrick’s Day and Easter Celebration rolled into one.
I pray the Lord protects you and your family at this time, and I look forward to seeing you personally once this pandemic has safely passed.