Public Masses to resume in the area
It has been
two months since the Catholic community last celebrated public Masses together in parishes, shrines and chapels across the Diocese of Gaylord. That is about to come to an end.
Bishop Stephen Raica announced May 12 in an online letter to parishioner
s that churches could reopen for public celebrations of the Eucharist, May 20.
“Churches should not open, if they are not ready to do so,” said Raica.
The Rev. Rolando Silva of St. Ignatius Catholic Church has been consulting several parish leaders on the details, and carrying out a thorough cleaning of the church and sanitation of hard surfaces.
“This is why we are not having public Mass again until May 30, 31,” said Silva. He said the biggest challenge will be people’s expectations that conditions will be the way it was before.
“That is neither practical nor responsible,” he said.
The Rev. Art Duchnowicz of St. Casimir/St. Dominic is anxious to return.
“Many are very eager to be able to pray in church and receive communion,” said Duchnowicz. “On the other hand, I heard from many who are choosing to continue watching liturgies on television or by live streaming. It is a personal decision and all who will return to church have to be comfortable with their choice.” Parishioners should prepare to wear masks and sit separated from other families.
“I ask for and beg for your patience as we learn all over again what it means to gather together,” said Raica.
Posted schedule at St. Casimir is May 22, 9 a.m., May 23, 4 p.m., May 24, 10 a.m., May 25, 5:30 p.m.
St. Dominic will be conducting an outdoor Mass May 24, 8:30 a.m., bring your own chair.
Half million fish stocked, salmon pinch me
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources stocked 360,000 Chinook salmon on Carmeuse Lime & Stone property, according to Frank Krist, chairman of the Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee.
“This is the largest Chinook stocking anywhere on the Great Lakes, so our fishery will continue,” said Krist during a TEAM Rogers City update, May 13.
“Last night four large trucks from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — I met them at the gate at Calcite,” Krist continued. “They went out in front of the Harbor View stand and they stocked 142,000 lake trout, in the dark, which was amazing.”
He said the fish are normally stocked offshore but with the novel coronavirus pandemic it was along the breakwater in plenty of deep water.
Community parade for sheltered Medilodge residents
Medilodge of Rogers City residents will be honored with a honk and wave parade Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
The lineup/starting point will be the Rogers City Montessori School parking lot on Bradley Highway.
Everyone from the community is encouraged to come out and support the folks living in the facility, who have been sheltered for safety during the coronavirus health crisis.