Greetings in Christ,
In my last Easter letter I mentioned how wonderful the Holy Week liturgies are. It is with great sadness that we will not be able to experience them as we have always done. The “Stay At Home” Executive order to slow any spread of the COVID-19 virus has us all away from the church building this Easter Season.
Although we may not all be able to be together this Easter Week, we will be celebrating some Masses that will be streamed on Facebook Live. In cooperation with Fr. Jim and the worship commission we will have the following Livestream events from our Mount St. Joseph Church.
Palm Sunday – Private Mass at 10:00 am
Holy Thursday – Private Mass at 4:30 pm
Good Friday – Private Veneration Noon-3:00 pm
Private veneration, should be reverenced by a genuflection or profound bow without kissing or touching the cross
Facebook Live Stations of the Cross from MSJ at 1:00pm
Easter Sunday – Private Mass at 10:00 am
We are still only able to have 10 or less people at these Private Masses and Private Veneration, and this includes the ministers. When we include Father, Musician, Cantors, Lectors, Videographer and Myself, this will leave us an option to invite 2-3 other parishioners to these Private Masses on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday. If you are interested in being one of these invited people, then I ask you to call the office 989-463-5370 and leave your name, phone number and which Mass(es) you would like to attend by Noon Friday April 3rd. We will then draw the names out of a hat to see who will be invited. We will let the winners know the afternoon of Friday April 3rd which Mass they are invited to join. Thank you for your understanding during these very difficult time.
Also note that the Diocese of Saginaw Cathedral will also be Livestreaming all of the Masses Bishop will have during Holy Week. Their livestream and schedule can be found at the Saginaw.org website.
Technical details for our Facebook Live streaming. Note that our Livestream services will not have the same quality as you might expect from other more professional livestream events, but we are trying our best.
You can access the Nativity of the Lord Facebook Live events through our Facebook page at facebook.com/nativityofthelord or could even link to this from our Website nativityparish.net and click on the Facebook Logo. Once you are on our Facebook page, then click on the Videos link on the menu panel on the left side of your screen. See the reverse side of this letter for a picture of this.