Going to Mass on Christmas. Back on November 12, Archbishop Vigneron issued a letter stating that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation for people living in or visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit has been extended until Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Of course, this decision was not taken lightly. In the Archbishop’s words: “This extension is given so as not to unduly bind the consciences of those who are greatly troubled by the destructive potency of the coronavirus, and to care for the most vulnerable among us, such as the elderly. At the same time, one should not take advantage of the dispensation without a true need. Catholics who have already begun to engage in non-essential activities, such as widening one’s social circle or going out to eat, should return to Sunday Mass – an essential activity – as church capacity allows. Our souls greatly need the grace that comes from the re-presentation of Christ’s saving death and resurrection and this is what Jesus has entrusted to us in the celebration of the Mass. Just as businesses, schools, and other locations have opened safely, so have our parishes. Our pastors, parishes, and the faithful have worked diligently and adapted well in order to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who has been able to come to church for Mass, Confession, or to pray. I want to offer my sincere gratitude for the efforts that have been undertaken to implement and maintain the first-rate precautionary measures that have kept our parishes and schools safe. Whether or not they are able to attend Mass, all baptized Catholics are reminded of the grave necessity they have to keep holy the Lord’s Day. This a divine law that neither I nor anyone else can ever dispense.”
Here at St. Thecla, we have worked very hard from the beginning to ensure that all of our sacramental celebrations (Mass, Confessions, Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms, and Confirmation) are both prayerful and safe. I am very appreciative to all those who have taken seriously our expectation that masks always be worn and that social distance is maintained. Many visitors have let us know how much they appreciate our attention to safety, as well as our efforts to make our worship as prayerful as possible.
Of course, many families are currently making plans to celebrate Christmas. Our schedule for Christmas this year is as follows:
Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24): 4:00 pm (Livestream), 6:00 pm
Christmas Day (Friday, December 25): 12:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am
Given the large number of people that traditionally attend the 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve, our plan right now is to Livestream the 4:00 pm Mass and have additional seating set-up in the Activity Center. We would also like you to consider attending one of the other Christmas Masses. In addition, keep in mind that the eight days between December 25 and January 1 (Mary, the Mother of God) constitute the Octave of Christmas, and are treated the same as the original feast day of Christmas. Given our current dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, you may want to consider attending another Mass during the Octave to celebrate Christmas as a family.
Sundays at 11:00am (Youtube & FB) *Link is available on this website under live streams
Adoration on (FB) 6:00 pm on Tuesdays
8:30 am in Church
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am , 11:00 am(livestream), 7:00 pm
We are offering confessions Saturdays at 3:00pm or by appointment. Please call (586) 791-3930 to schedule your confession.
Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms
We are scheduling funerals, weddings, and baptisms, however, all must comply with the directives of masks, limits of occupancy, and social distancing rules. Please contact the office to schedule these events (586)791-3930