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No Weekday Masses for September 25 – 30, 2017

Monday, September 25 –  No Mass
Tuesday, September 26 -  No Mass
 Wednesday, September 27 –  No Mass
Thursday, September 28 –  No Mass
Friday, September 29 -  No Mass
Saturday, September 30 - 5:00pm – Sunday Vigil Mass (OF-MC)
Sunday, September 31 - 9:00 & 11:00am Mass (OF-MC)

Weekday Mass Schedule Sepember 18 – 23, 2017

Monday, September 18 - NO Mass
Tuesday, September 19 – 8:30am Mass (OF-LM)
Wednesday, September 20 –
8:30am Mass (OF-LM)
Thursday, September 21 - 8:30am (OF-LM)
Friday, September 22 - No Mass
Saturday, September 23 - 5:00pm – Sunday Vigil Mass (OF-MC)
Sunday, September 24 - 9:00 & 11:00am Mass (OF-MC)

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What Happens When a Priest Does Not Show Up for Sunday Mass?

From Our Vicar, FR. MIKE WORONIEWICZ

What Happens When a Priest Does Not Show Up for Sunday Mass?

“Mass is more than receiving Communion—it is the prayer of the Church and the Eucharistic sacrifice that makes the Lord Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist which is later received in Communion…”

The community is gathered in church on Sunday morning, everything is set up, ministers such as lectors and musicians are already there, and it’s already ten minutes after when Mass was supposed to start. Everyone has been waiting patiently, but the ministers are in a panic since no priest has shown up. What do they do now? The Archdiocese of Detroit has anticipated the situation by releasing a document/ritual entitled, “Sunday Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word in an Emergency Situation.”
With the shortage of priests, this type of situation is becoming more and more common. My own parishes have experienced the lack of a priest on Sunday at least three times in the last fifteen years or so.  Even with the best of planning and communication, schedules get confused or electronic calendars get deleted. A priest who has to travel in may have car trouble or get stuck in ice or snow. A priest may be too ill to get out of bed. As one of my colleagues once put it—what will they do if I “wake up dead?” Clearly, despite our best efforts, emergencies do happen.
In such an event, a deacon, or a trained lay person if there is no deacon, will lead a Liturgy of the Word service; this would resemble the first half of the Mass with the exception of a priest to preside.  Of course, other ministers would still assist such as lectors and musicians.There would be no distribution of Holy Communion, since this might cause some people to think that the service were “just as good as Mass.” (Mass is more than receiving Communion—it is the prayer of the Church and the Eucharistic sacrifice  that makes the Lord Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist which is later received in Communion. Anything less than a Mass is not a Mass.)
In any event, an announcement is first made:  “I am sorry to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, there is no priest to celebrate Mass today. In this emergency situation, I encourage you to attend Mass at one of the following: [Other parishes and their Mass times are announced.] If it impossible for you to attend another Mass because of distance or your schedule, I invite you to stay and pray together with our Sunday community as we celebrate the Liturgy of the Word, remembering that Christ is present when the Church prays and sings and when Christ’s Holy Word is proclaimed.
While a Liturgy of the Word can never replace Sunday Mass, in an emergency  situation such as this, it will fulfill your obligation. Saint John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Dies Domini (Day of the Lord) calls for Sunday to be “protected” and states, “In situations where the Eucharist cannot be celebrated, the Church recommends that the Sunday assembly come together even without a priest.”
Although the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days still stands, the unexpected absence of a priest is not a reason to think that you have not met the obligation. After all, the congregation made the effort to be there and can be in good conscience.
Other points to bear in mind: First, this ritual may only be used for emergencies when a priest does not show up for Mass, and not for convenience. It should not be “pre-planned.” Second, it is not to be used for weekday celebrations. Third, it may be repeated on a specific weekend, if more than one Mass is affected by the absence of a priest. Finally, distribution of Holy Communion is not allowed at a Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Fortunately, we do have this provision in case of an emergency. We are prepared, hoping that it will never be necessary to use it. We must continue to pray for vocations as a Church, so that such a “priestless Sunday situation” would be rare.