Palm Sunday Masses
Palm Sunday Masses with Fr. Brian Hurley will be live streamed from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10:00 am and again at 12:00 pm, which will be the Traditional Latin Mass. This event is being carried from our Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church Facebook page. To view the Mass, click here.
May we all have a blessed Holy Week.
Letter from Fr. Hurley
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH
1 April 2020
I hope this letter finds you well. I apologize that it is generic, but we won’t have to sort labels. I also apologize for the tardiness in writing, but it seems like things change daily with the governor and the archbishop.
First of all, the Archdiocese of Detroit issued its first directive on 23 March 2020. Then, the Vatican issued directives two days later. Then, the archdiocese updated things on Monday, March 30th. So, here is my best summary, which could have changed by the time you receive this letter.
Archbishop Vigneron told us to close the parish offices, following Governor Whitmer’s executive order. (The superintendent ordered the schools closed in line with the order.) The archbishop asked us to keep the parish churches open for prayer and clean, which requires daily attention. The side door is unlocked from 7am-8:30pm. PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. I had to put a note on the door addressing this.
All funeral, weddings, and baptisms are suspended during this time. We are permitted to do Graveside services (committals). Baptisms are permitted in danger of death and may be done by their loved one at the hospital or at home, using water and pronouncing the words “their name, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Priests are to celebrate private Mass daily and to fulfill the Mass intention for that day. A private Mass does not mean “without a congregation”, so he permitted a small number (up to 10) of assistants (musician, cameraperson, server). I’ve tried to include our deacon in a number of things. I must also follow the “safe environment policy”, so the altar boys have to have their parents present, unless they are over 18 years of age.
Archbishop Vigneron asked us to continue to hear private confessions using our best judgement for the arrangement. General absolution is not permitted. The Sacrament of the Sick is permitted in danger of death; however, we are limited by the hospital or care facility admission policy.
Parish Confirmations for the remainder of 2020 have been suspended with the hope we will be able to resume them again once the stay home order is lifted and they are able to reschedule.
I have tried to communicate the Confession Schedule and when I am livestreaming the Masses through the Immaculate Conception Facebook page. We have uploaded a few things on the parish website. I will try to include the Masses on YouTube (provided I can figure out how to upload them).
Holy Week has been limited by the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Detroit. All of the Masses will be done privately with the necessary assistants. I hope to have a number of our Masses livestreamed.
Palms are not to be distributed in the parish during the executive order and may be distributed at a later time. (I will see if we are able to distribute them if we follow the social distancing guidelines either later on Palm Sunday or during Holy Week. If so, they will be on tables spread out in church.) Our Palm Sunday Mass will be livestreamed at 10am and Noon.
The Chrism Mass will be celebrated privately by the archbishop and livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Monday, April 6th at 7pm. See the Archdiocese of Detroit’s website. The Holy Oils will be distributed through the Vicars.
On Thursday, April 9th, The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7pm both here and the Cathedral and will be livestreamed. There will not be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to an Altar of Repose, but will be left in the tabernacle on the high altar in church.
The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, April 10th, will be at 3pm and livestreamed. Per the clarification issued March 30th, only the celebrant may kiss the crucifix. All others are to genuflect as a sign of veneration. The crucifix will be left on the altar for veneration from 4:30pm on. Please do not enter the Sanctuary to venerate it.
The Easter Vigil (modified according to the directives from Rome and Detroit) may be livestreamed here beginning at 9pm. The completion of the Initiation of the Catechumens and Candidates in the RCIA will take place at a later date.
Easter Sunday Mass, April 12th will be livestreamed at 10am and noon. The archbishop will livestream his Mass at 11am from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
I will have Confessions on Monday, April 6th and Tuesday, April 7th from noon – 1pm, 3-4pm, and 7-8pm.
I would like to commend my staff at the parish and school for their hard work and flexibility under these present circumstances, especially the teachers and catechists who have had to adapt o instruction from home.
Finally, I would like to thank those who have been volunteering their time, talent, and treasure. I would be impossible to name them all, but a big thanks to the IC Food Pantry and The St. Martha’s cleaning crew for their work in serving the parish and community. Also, a number of people have been sending or dropping their envelopes off and we have been adding more to the online giving through We-share. Thank you for helping us keep the lights on. There have been a few that have written notes of support and I received a cute picture from a little one, who misses being at Mass that I posted on my Facebook page.
Thank you… Fr. Brian Hurley
The Rectory will be closed today, March 24th until April 13th upon the executive order Governor Whitmer issued 3/23/2020. Continue to monitor this website and our Facebook page, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish for upadates as they become available.
God Bless us all keep the faith.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As citizens of Michigan, we join with our neighbors in observing measures to address the spread of COVID-19. As we continue to practice social distancing to limit the virus' spread, our response as the Body of Christ must always begin in faith. We believe Jesus is still Lord. We believe that God can bring good from this time. We believe that we are not abandoned but remain – however mysteriously – in the loving hands of the Father.
It is with great sadness that I have to announce to you that Holy Week celebrations will not be offered publicly this year in the Archdiocese of Detroit. To ensure we cooperate with and support the governor and local health officials during this time as well as assuring you of my continued commitment to the work of unleashing the Gospel, I am issuing these 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.
While it is not possible for us to gather in our parishes during Holy Week and on Easter, it is possible for us to be connected in other ways. I ask you to remain attentive to aod.org and spiritualclosness.org for ways to be connected with each other during these days. I would also ask you to please continue your financial support to your parish. They rely entirely on your contributions and your generosity. I am very grateful for your support, especially during this time.
In addition, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit to join me, the Holy Father and faithful around the world in these two times of prayer this week:
- Wednesday, March 25 – the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – to pause at 12 noon to pray the Our Father.
- Friday, March 27 to pray at 1:00 p.m. (in union with the Holy Father in Rome) and, as you are able, to receive the Plenary Indulgence that will accompany the Eucharistic Benediction from the Holy Father on this occasion.
I know this is an unprecedented time in the life of our local Church. But unprecedented challenges bring unprecedented graces. If we unite ourselves to the Lord we will emerge from these days of trial and uncertainty more ready to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Please know of my prayers for you and our whole State of Michigan during these days. Asking the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Archdiocese of Detroit News
“The Archdiocese of Detroit has been and will continue to, monitor news concerning coronavirus. They, along with Immaculate Conception Church and Bishop Kelley School are preparing for any potential impact that may affect our church and school and will follow any recommendations from local, state and federal officials to ensure the safety of our community. For the latest information on our local Catholic Church’s response, please visit www.aod.org/emergencyresponse.”
Welcome to Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish website. We are frequently under construction, updating news as it comes along. If you are new to the area, we invite you to worship with us and participate in our parish activities.
We extend a special invitation to those who may have been away from the church for a while to rejoin us.
Through this website, we hope to provide opportunities to grow in faith through some of the links that are offered and to keep you up to date with parish activities.
ALL MASSES CANCELLED AT THIS TIME.
DAILY: Mon. to Thurs. 8:45 a.m. (Tues & Thurs– Traditional Latin Mass),
1st Fri & 1st Sat. will be an 8:45 am Mass.
SATURDAY: 4:30 p.m Mass.
SUNDAY: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. (12:00 pm is Traditional Latin Mass)
Holy Day Mass: Please check this website, see below, or bulletin for times.
Reconciliation: Tuesday following the 8:45 am Mass; Saturday, 3:00-3:45 pm. 1st Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm and 1st Friday of the month at 9:30 am. For a private appointment, call the rectory.
Lenten Penance Services
LATIN MASSES...THE TRADITION CONTINUES.
Immaculate Conception Church celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:45 A.M. On Sunday's the Traditional High Mass is celebrated at 12:00 PM, employing the Church’s rich treasury of sacred music.
Please join us as we celebrate this most Solemn Tradition at Immaculate Conception once again.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Tuesday 9-5:30 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Food Pantry/March to End Hunger
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