In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary Student Parish has suspended public masses as of March 22 and closed the church and parish office as of March 27. In this unsettled time, we find ourselves seeking comfort, community, and Christ. Our mission remains at the heart of all we do.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
We continue to be in awe of your generosity to us and to one another. Below you will find resources to strengthen your prayer life, put food on your table, support our community, and more. Resources will be monitored and updated as necessary.
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We value the health and safety of St. Mary Student Parish (SMSP) employees and guests. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, SMSP has implemented preventive measures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our focus is to ensure we meet the needs of those whom we serve while doing our part to keep our employees and our communities safe. For the latest updates, we recommend the guidance provided at the CDC website cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Our building and worship space will continue to be cleaned with disinfectant cleaning supplies regularly.
At this time, we are taking recommended precautions while continuing limited operations. While the majority of our employees are able to telework, we have instructed that all employees who need to be onsite:
- Maintain a safe distance from one another (at least six feet).
- Wash their hands frequently (at least 20 seconds).
- Practice safe hygiene: cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing
- Have hand sanitizer with at least 62% alcohol readily available.
- Wipe down their workspaces.
- Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of the tissue and wash hands. When a tissue is not available, use the crook of the elbow to cover the cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms such as a fever (100.4° or more) or a cough or trouble breathing.
- Self-quarantine or seek medical treatment when necessary.
We are committed to continuing to serve our parishioners during this time.
Ignatian Examen for life during COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)
Ignatian Examen for those in quarantine or shelter-in-place (English) (Spanish)
Ignatian guided meditations on the daily readings (English) (Spanish)
Jesuit Initiatives for the time of the global health crisis
USCCB Prayer Materials
V Encuentro Recursos de Oración
EVICTION MORATORIUM: Gov. Whitmer put a hold on evictions until April 17. Please note that tenants will still have to pay their rent eventually, but do not risk eviction until April 17. (Full executive order here)
IMMIGRATION: Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center is offering free online legal consultations during this time; Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) posts many resources to help immigrants and their families navigate these turbulent times. (English) (Spanish)
MEDIA: Most of the COVID-19 news is in English. Radio Jornalera — run by immigrants — provides COVID-19 updates in Spanish to its listeners, many of whom are day laborers. It has shifted to solely covering the pandemic to fill an information gap about the disease in among immigrant community. Here’s a link to the Story referenced by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)