Updated March 29, 2020
Thank you all for your prayers for our dear pastor in the days since I wrote to you about his hospitalization. In my letter on Thursday, I shared that Msgr. Chuck Kosanke was hospitalized in western Michigan with a suspected case of coronavirus and was awaiting test results. With his permission, I am sharing today that the test has returned positive.
Please know that Msgr. Chuck is aware of your prayers and is so grateful for the support of all of you in our community. This morning, he wrote to share this message of gratitude:
“I am humbled by the outpouring of love, concern, and prayer from so many, many, people. I cannot begin to express how much this means to me. Thank you. Thank you from the depths of my heart. Thank you, each and every one of you. Our faith and prayer are so important during this time, as it is through our faith that we find hope. I ask that you continue to pray for me and everyone suffering from this virus.”
Msgr. Chuck remains in good spirits and hopes to be released from the hospital soon. Let us continue to pray with and for our pastor, that he continues along the road to recovery.
As a reminder, as soon as we knew doctors suspected coronavirus, we contacted the staff of both parishes, Msgr. Chuck’s family, and those known to have been in contact with him recently. Our staff has been self-quarantined since late last week, out of an abundance of caution. Now that the diagnosis has been confirmed, and in keeping with the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will ensure the parishes, parish offices, and rectory are deep-cleaned. Msgr. Chuck and both his parishes have been and will continue to follow all guidelines issued by the Archdiocese of Detroit and government and public health officials.
I understand that this news can be unsettling and cause for concern. Please know that Msgr. Chuck last interacted with parishioners during the week of March 8-14, before public Masses were suspended. He then left town for western Michigan the weekend of March 21. I am informing you of his diagnosis so that you can monitor your health, contact your health care provider if needed, and take appropriate precautions for both you and your family.
I would like to share again in this letter some simple, but important steps to help contain the spread of this virus:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, cloth, or with your inner elbow when sneezing and/or coughing.
- Always thoroughly wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- When soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Put distance between yourself and other people. (Michigan is currently following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.)
- And of course, please stay home if you are not feeling well. This is a good habit to follow for any illness, but even more important given the current spread of coronavirus.
I also wish to share again some faith resources, with the hope that they may help guide and comfort you, your family, and our entire community during this difficult time.
Please join me in prayer for Msgr. Chuck, all those impacted by coronavirus, and for the protection of our entire community. We continue to place our faith in Jesus and pray for the health and well-being for everyone in our community.
God bless you.
Fr. Ryan Adams
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MOST HOLY TRINITY PARISH DURING COVID-19
As you know, public Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit have been suspended through April 13. Most Holy Trinity Parish will post both Sunday and weekday Masses in English and Spanish on our website. The Masses will be broadcast from our sister parish, the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit. The day’s Masses will be posted by 12 noon on our YouTube channel and on our website.
Since people are unable to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus, they are asked to make an act of spiritual communion. St. Thomas Aquinas (13th century) defined this as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received him.” St. Teresa of Avila (16th century) wrote, “when you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion.” St. John Vianney (19th century) wrote, “If we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, let us replace it, as far as we can, by spiritual communion, which we can make every moment; for we ought to have always a burning desire to receive God.” St. John Paul II (20th century) wrote, “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of spiritual communion, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.”
To make an act of spiritual communion pray: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unit myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Private Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and Stations of the Cross
These have all been cancelled until further notice. The church and chapel are closed to the public.
Individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered by request. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals have been suspended. Graveside services are still permitted. Baptisms may be done in an emergency situation. The basilica staff is committed to following the directives given by Archbishop Vigneron.
At this time, the parish office will be closed. Phone calls will be picked up and voice messages returned regularly.
7 Churches Pilgrimage
The 7 Churches Pilgrimage event scheduled for Holy Thursday, April 9 has been cancelled.
Our food pantry will re-open on Tuesday, March 31. This is allowed under the terms of Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Donations can be dropped off outside the rectory on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only. The food pantry will be open to clients from 1 – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for clients. Clients will be able to pick-up food but will not be allowed in the building. Click here for a list of needed items. Monetary donations can be made online by clicking here.
The clothing room is closed until further notice.
Our legal clinic is temporarily closed. We are working to establish video or phone conferencing between our lawyers and clients in need. Please stay tuned for updates.
St. Frances Cabrini Clinic
Our medical clinic is operating its normal hours. They are taking necessary precautions regarding COVID-19. Please contact the clinic directly for additional information. .
We encourage all parish groups to consider communicating via email and other electronic means rather than meeting in person. Parish groups cannot meet on our campus through April 13.
Online Spiritual Services
Our parish has been encouraging its members to subscribe to Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever. This is a great online spiritual resource. Here is the link to sign up. We will be reaching out to you more over the coming weeks to provide additional online resources.
Please remember that the weekly offertory is an essential part of paying our bills. I encourage you to mail in your donation to the parish office or to donate online.
Most Holy Trinity School
All Michigan schools will be closed through April 13. Principal Lepkowski is communicating directly with school parents and guardians about all matters related to the school. Our school Open House has been rescheduled for May 3.
Cleaning of Facilities
All of our facilities will be cleaned regularly per CDC guidelines.