To the People of God of the Diocese of Saginaw from Bishop Robert Gruss What I write to you today is very difficult news to bear. But in a greater abundance of caution and from what I have heard from the local healthcare professionals, I believe it is in the best interest given these 'extraordinary' times. Therefore, beginning tomorrow March 17 through Sunday, April 5, I am temporarily suspending all public Masses throughout the Diocese of Saginaw. This action of suspending all public Masses flows from the Catholic Church’s essential belief in the preciousness of every human life."
With this in mind, I am asking that, through April 5th, all communal Penance Services, public Stations of the Cross, and any unnecessary parish gathering and meeting be cancelled. Individual celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated.
In the coming days, I will provide further direction for liturgical celebrations during Holy Week and beyond - plans that are compatible with whatever the current situation is at that time and within the CDC guidelines.
With assurances of my prayers for all of you, may you experience, Peace and joy in Christ,