COVID-19 Response Directives and Recommendations

COVID-19 Response in the Diocese of Marquette

Directives & Guidelines for the Faithful

To mitigate the spread of flu and the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the following recommendations and directives have been issued in the Diocese of Marquette. As the situation evolves, modifications or additional recommendations or directives may follow:

April 3 - Thirty Days' Prayer to St. Joseph:
From Bishop John Doerfler: We have to acknowledge that our efforts alone are not enough. It is time to go to Saint Joseph. I have started the attached Thirty Days Prayer to St. Joseph for the financial needs of our people, parishes and schools across the diocese, and I invite you to join me in prayer and promote it among your parishioners. We must also approach this with the proper disposition, that is, we put our problem in St. Joseph’s hands, trust in his intercession, abandon ourselves to the will of God, stop worrying about it and thank St. Joseph when our prayers are answered. Read the full prayer here: Thirty Days' Prayer to St. Joseph

March 27 - Liturgical Guide for Palm Sunday and Holy Week: 
There has been guidance from both the Holy Seeand the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops concerning these ligurgies of this sacred time. Taking this information into account, I would like to seet forth the following directions for the celebration of Holy Week. Read the full letter here: Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgical Guide

March 23 - Letter to the Faithful: 
Earlier today the governor issued a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, I hereby enact the following directives effective through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Read the full letter here: Letter to the Faithful

March 17 - Suspension of Public Masses:
After spending much time in prayer, and in light of Monday evening's executive order by the governor restricting assemblies to 50 people and the recommendations of President Trump to limit groups to 10 people, I hereby suspend the public celebrations of the Mass in the Diocese of Marquette through Sunday, April 5, 2020. All Catholics are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass during this time. Read the full letter here: March 17 Suspension of Public Masses

March 13 – Liturgical directives from Bishop John Doerfler:
I wish to offer two points of guidance regarding concerns about the spread of COVID-19. First, our love for each other calls us to engage in best practices to limit the spread of disease. Second, do not panic. Pray. I invite all of you to pray a rosary every day for God’s protection and for the healing of those who are sick. Read the full letter here: March 13 Liturgical Directives

March 5 – Liturgical recommendations from Bishop John Doerfler:
During this time of significant public health concern, specifically with the spread of the flu and the coronavirus, I would like to make the following liturgical recommendations that can be put in place immediately. I leave the date of the return to your normal liturgical practices up to your direction. Read the full letter here: March 5 Liturgical Recommendations

USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Statements: usccb.org/news/2020/20-45.cfm To mitigate the spread of flu and the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the following recommendations and directives have been issued in the Diocese of Marquette. As the situation evolves, modifications or additional recommendations or directives may follow.

Directives & Guidelines for Catholic Schools

March 13 – Notice to Catholic school parents and guardians:
Late last night (March 12), Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), she has ordered the closure of all K-12 school building, public, private, and boarding, to all students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6. Read the full letter here: March 13 Schools Notice

March 23 - Notice to Catholic school parents and guardians:
Last Friday the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced that public schools cannot count virtual learning towards instructional time. This does not directly impact the ability of Catholic schools to offer and/or count online and modified instruction as “instructional hours/days.” The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Marquette are accredited through the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, not the MDE. Read the full letter here: March 23 Schools Notice

April 2 - Notice to Catholic school parents and guardians:
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she has ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding to all students for the remainder of the school year. We want to ensure everyone that we are continuing our distance learning efforts through the remainder of this school year. We are confident that it is in our students’ best interests to continue learning and developing skills remotely while they are unable to attend school in person. Read the full letter here: April 2 Schools Notice



 
 
 
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