We give you thanks and praise for your son, Jesus Christ. Send your Holy Spirit to inspire holy, faithful men to
minister as priests. Lord, we pray for our seminarians especially Nick. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
University of St. Mary of the Lake
1000 East Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
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In the midst of our country’s ongoing racial unrest, we come together as Catholics to pray for healing, atone for the Church’s and our personal past sins of racism and seek forgiveness, and call on the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us in continuing to work for peace and racial justice.
To focus on these actions, Bishop Walkowiak has declared Sept. 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting in the diocese for racial healing. St. Peter Claver is the patron of missionary work among black slaves.
Catholics of the diocese are encouraged to take the following actions:
-Read the U.S. Bishops Pastoral Letter speaking out against racism Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.
-Pray the rosary or attend Mass
-Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew at 7 p.m. that evening.
-Learn more about the life of St. Peter Claver and the work of the Church in fighting racism:
DIOCESE OF GRAND RAPIDS
Office of the Bishop
August 24, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am extending the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through October 18.
The dispensation is granted broadly to ensure that anyone who needs to stay home to protect the common good can do so confidently, in good conscience. But those who are truly able to attend Mass should begin to return, remembering that we are transformed by being joined to Christ in the Eucharist. I am confident in the safety precautions our pastors and parish staffs have implemented to safeguard the physical health of the faithful while attending Mass: the required wearing of masks, proper social distancing, and cleaning according to CDC guidelines.
My advisors and I will continue to monitor and adjust this dispensation as needed to preserve the spiritual and physical health of Catholics in the diocese. While this dispensation is in effect, all baptized Catholics are reminded of their obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Mass will continue to be televised at 10 a.m. Sunday on FOX 17 and livestreamed on the diocesan website (grdiocese.org) and Facebook page (Diocese of GrandRapids).
We entrust our prayers to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, patroness of those who suffer illness. Please continue to check the diocesan website: http://bit.ly/GRdioceseCOVID19Updates and social media for the latest information on our COVID-19 response.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids
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