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What does it mean that the “General Dispensation is lifted”?

One of the precepts of the Catholic Church is the obligation of Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays (or late Saturday) and Holy Days of Obligation.  Because of the concern for the well-being and health of the faithful, this obligation was temporarily lifted.  This is what was referred to as a “General Dispensation”; that is, the faithful were dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday without incurring any penalty of grave sin.  So, when we say that the “General Dispensation”, ordered by Archbishop Vigneron, is now lifted, this means that all of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit are again obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Although, the “General Dispensation” is lifted, are there times when a person is not obligated to attend Mass?

Although the “General Dispensation” has been lifted, there may be circumstances for “particular” dispensations.  One does not have an obligation to attend Mass on Sunday in the following circumstances:

1)  You are ill or your health condition would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness; that is, if you have underlying conditions or are in a high-risk category.

2)  You exhibit flu-like symptoms.

3)  You have good reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness (for instance, you were in recent contact with someone who tested positive for a contagious illness such as COVID or influenza).

4) You care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed.

5) You are pregnant.

6) Those 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).

7) You cannot attend Mass through no fault of you own (for instance, no Mass is offered, you are infirmed, or, while wanting to go, you are prevented for some reason you cannot control: for instance, your ride did not show up, the church was at capacity).

8) If you have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.

*These categories will be reviewed in due course and revised as needed.

*Those within categories #1-8 above must still observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.  An excellent way to do this is through participating in a broadcast of the Sunday Mass.

What to expect when attending Mass during this next phase:

            – Register for a seat for Mass.

            – You will be required to wear a mask.

            – You are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the church.  You may use your own or from the dispensers at the entrance of the church.

            – Capacity will be at 50%.

            – Keep social distance when entering, being seated, receiving Communion and leaving. Families may be seated close together.

            – The children’s room will be closed (due to social distancing requirements).

            – Singing is at a minimum.  Hymnals are not available, at this time, in order to limit possible contamination when singing.  Short refrains and acclamations may be sung.

            – Pews, door handles, etc. are disinfected after all Masses.

Making a reservation to attend a weekend Mass.

To allow for the required 50% capacity, we are doing all we can to make as many seats available for each Mass as possible. We ask for your patience during this transition, especially in the initial weekends, as we learn what is necessary to provide attendance in a restricted area.

For the parish to be properly prepared, we are asking for you to make a reservation at the Mass you desire.  You may make your reservation by clicking HERE or, if you do not have internet access, you may call the parish office at (248) 689-8380.  Online reservations are available beginning at 10:00 am the Wednesday before each weekend. 
The reservation is to attend Mass and, when you arrive, you will be directed into either the church or you may be directed into the Social Hall once the church reaches capacity.

This is how we are planning to prepare for 50% capacity:

To allow 50% capacity, the Social Hall will be available for overflow at each Mass.  There, the Mass will be simulcast from the church into the Social Hall.  

When reservations for a particular Mass become full, you will have the option of:

1) Checking for a different Mass that is open and has not reached capacity.

2) Attend the Mass from your car, livestreamed, on your phone.  At the time of distribution of the Eucharist, you will be invited to receive the Eucharist at the front doors of the church.  You may watch the Mass on our parish YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

In anticipation for larger numbers of the faithful to attend Mass, we have added a fourth Mass on Sunday, similar to the pre-COVID schedule.

The new Mass schedule is (effective Saturday, March 13, 2021):

            – Saturday:  4:00 pm, 6:00 pm (Spanish on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month).

            – Sunday:  8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12 noon and 5:00 pm (notice the morning Masses are not on the :15s).

            – Weekday Masses are Monday-Friday at 8:15 am (no reservation required and will not be livestreamed).

Prayer and Adoration

The church will be open for private prayer from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Because the size of the Divine Mercy Chapel does not allow for proper social distancing, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue to be from the window of the Adoration Chapel, where adorers may pray in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist from their car.  Once the need for social distancing has been lifted, the chapel will be opened for Eucharistic Adoration.  In the meantime, Adoration from the Chapel Window is scheduled Monday-Friday from 9:00 am- 7:00 pm.  In the event that there is a funeral, Adoration will begin at 11:30 am.

Giving Financially to St. Anastasia

At this moment, during the offertory, collection baskets are not passed through the pews.  Instead, collection boxes are placed in the Gathering Area as you enter the Church to place your offertory gift/envelope.  For those who may watch the Mass livestream from your car, and not enter the church building, collection boxes have been placed outside of the front doors of the church.

To give electronically, visit our secure online portal HERE.


Until further notice, confessions will continue to be on Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm or by appointment. 

Coming back to Mass, extra hands are needed!  Will you help?

As we return to Mass it opens up the opportunity to minister in different areas at Mass:

At each Mass 2 ushers are stationed at the entry doors to the church to open the doors to lessen the number of people touching the door handles. They also assist with seating and deposit the collection after Mass. An online sign up is available or email Glenn O’Connell.


After each Mass the church is sanitized. Many hands make light work and with an adequate number of helpers the job is usually completed in about 20 minutes. Email DJ Pinneo or call the parish office at (248) 689-8380 for more info.

Please contact Holly by email or by calling the parish office for more info or to sign up for any of these following ministries:

Greeters/Reservation Checkers

These ministers are the welcoming faces at the front doors of the church to greet those who enter and confirm their reservation. 2 are needed at each Mass.

Technology/Livestream Volunteers

We will continue to livestream our Masses for those who are still dispensed from attending Mass and for those who watch from the parking lot and come to the church doors for Holy Communion.

Technology minded volunteers (or those willing to learn!) are needed for the 10:00 am and 12:00 pm Masses and also substitutes to fill in when needed.

Communion Ministers

Communion ministers are asked to serve at the Mass that they are attending. Team leaders are needed for each Mass to prepare the supplies needed for Mass. Training will be provided.

We can’t wait to see you!

*Activities and events subject to change with or without notice.