From the Pastor:
Date: May 22, 2020
To: St. Margaret Parish Members
From: Fr. Ron DeHondt
RE: Resuming Public Masses
Dear Parish Family.
It has been some time since we have gathered in our church for worship. Yet we continue to pray for each other and to be joined through the LiveStream 10 am Sunday Mass each week. We hope you have maintained a Spirit of prayer during this time and are looking to Jesus for guidance and direction.
As you probably know we have received guidelines and directives from Archbishop Vigneron regarding the resuming of public Masses for parishes in the Archdiocese. In keeping with those directives St. Margaret will reopen for Mass beginning with a daily Mass on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:00 am. The Mass will be in the church to facilitate safe distancing. Please use the bell tower entrance if you choose to come to that Mass. All who attend will be expected to wear a face mask. Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter. Chairs will be arranged to enable safe distancing. We will continue with daily Mass from Monday through Friday of each week beginning June 1, at 9:00 am in the church.
We will resume Sunday Masses on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 4 pm. Sunday Masses will be at 8 am and 11 am. The change in Sunday Mass times will facilitate sanitizing the church before and after the Masses. Again, please wear a face mask before you enter the church and for the entire duration of each Mass. We will LiveStream the 11:00 am Mass for those who choose not to attend the Mass in person as the dispensation continues until at least September 6, 2020.
In order to arrange for those who will be attending each Mass we ask you to call into our parish office from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (586 293-2240) beginning Monday, May 25, to reserve your place for each Mass. Someone from our staff will answer the phone from that day through Friday, May 29, to receive your request for May 30 and May 31. We will follow the same procedure for the Sunday Masses to follow. Those who live in the same household can sit together. If we know the number of your family who plan to attend we can make arrangements for your seats. You must call in to make your reservation since we are limited to the number of people we can accommodate for each Mass. Please enter the church through the bell tower entrance.
There will be some changes to our celebration of Mass and our sharing of Holy Communion. Again, we ask that everyone who comes to the public Mass wear a face mask. Hand sanitizers will be available as you enter. Chairs will be arranged to meet the safe distancing requirements. Directions for sharing Holy Communion and the Communion Procession will be given at the beginning of each Mass and before Communion. Ushers and greeters will be on hand to guide you in this. At the end of Mass everyone will be asked to be seated (no leaving early!) and to be dismissed with safe distancing. Please go directly to your vehicles after Mass. No congregating inside or outside for the sake of safe distancing.
We realize this way of coming, gathering and departing is not easy. But if we are patient and kind it can work for the good of everyone.
Please let us know if you have questions regarding these directives at my email, [email protected]. I will try to answer them in a timely fashion.
I look forward to gathering as a church in the near future and to seeing and greeting everyone in the way that we can at this time. Know that I and our whole staff is praying for and with you and your family.
From the Archdiocese
St. Margaret of Scotland is a Catholic church dedicated to living the Gospel message.
Our Mission is to welcome all to join us in creating a vibrant parish family through worship, education and service to the community.
Our Goals are: Put God First; Start with Prayer; Invite, Welcome, Embrace; Work and Grow in Christ.
- Rev. Ronald DeHondt, Pastor
- Rev. Mr. Val Buyle, Deacon
- Rev. Mr. Ronald Channell, Deacon
- Rev. Mr. Mike O'Keefe, Deacon and Christian Service Coordinator
- Prof. Frances Brockington, Music Director
- Mrs. Christine Walasek, Coordinator, Worship
- Mrs. Amelia Sledz, Director, Family Faith Formation
- Ms. Cindy Powers, Coordinator, Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Formation
May 1, 2020
Following the recent directives from the Archdiocese, churches can be open for private prayer. St. Margaret will be open from 12 noon to 3:00 pm from Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Use the bell tower entrance.
We ask that those who are entering wear a mask and leave a paper on your seat as you depart. This will facilitate daily cleaning. Please observe safe distancing (6 feet).
Also, please confine your visit to the church. Do not enter the office area or other parts of the building. If people observe these guidelines we can maintain a place for people to pray privately. If not, we will have to close until further notice.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Fr. Ron DeHondt
Due to the stay-at-home order and concerns about good health practices, the Parish Office and Family Faith Formation Office remain closed, as well as access to the building except for the church. Please call (586) 293-2240 and leave a message if you have any concerns. All messages are being retrieved from a distance.
Easter in Previous Years
Closed until further notice.
All messages received at (586)293-2240
will be received.
Faith Formation Office:
Closed until further notice.
All messages received at (586)293-3280
will be received.
Sunday Masses will be live streamed on YouTube at SMSCSMass at 10:00 am every Sunday until further notice.