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COVID-19 Response: Resuming public Masses May 29 


Dear Friends in Christ,

Bishop Walkowiak has officially announced that on Friday, May 29th parishes may resume the public celebration of Mass and liturgies in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. We will be sending out a communication to all St. Stephen parishioners with more details about both new procedures for Mass and how to sign up to attend Mass.

These guidelines from the Diocese of Grand Rapids for returning to public Mass are a short version of the guidelines that all parishes will be using. Please take a look at them to help all of us understand what to expect as we return to the public celebration of Mass.

Finally, I wish to share with you my great joy at this announcement. It has been a long two and a half months without the public celebration of Mass. For a time our celebration of Mass will be strange and a bit awkward. I believe that the joy of celebrating Mass together far outweighs the strangeness of wearing face masks, keeping social distance during Mass, and the other things we are going to be doing to help keep people safe. I look forward to seeing you at Mass again soon.

- Fr. Scott

OVERVIEW: Diocesan directives for resuming public Masses (English | Español)

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to the Faithful for more information:
(English | Español)

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Confession Times

  • Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The church is open* and available for private prayer from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day.
          *Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer available at all entrances of the church. 

May 8: The Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through May 28, 2020. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place through June 30. Please read this letter (105 KB, PDF) from Bishop Walkowiak.

Parish and School Offices:

Both the parish and school offices are closed. The office is still accepting emails and will be checking voicemail periodically throughout the workweek. 


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