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Fr. Tony tested positive for COVID-19

Dear Parishioners,

We are saddened to inform you that Father Tony tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday evening, Saturday, Oct. 2.

We understand this may be concerning news, especially to parishioners who celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation with him or attended Mass yesterday afternoon. Please know he had no indication he was positive for the coronavirus at that time. He does not believe anyone who celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation or attended Mass is considered a close contact. The CDC defines a close contact as being within six feet of the individual for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours in the two days before their symptoms showed up or before they went for a test. Parishioners do not need to quarantine due to a possible exposure; however, they are encouraged to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms over the next 14 days.

Father Danny has been fully vaccinated and will remain available to take care of your pastoral and spiritual needs. He does not need to quarantine unless he becomes symptomatic. The parish office remains open to serve you.

We share this news in our effort to be fully transparent with you. We care about all of you, and our primary goal is to keep you healthy and whole in body and spirit. This news should reinforce our vigilance of following all parish and CDC recommendations, including staying home if you are sick, maintaining proper social distancing, and washing your hands regularly.

Parishioners are highly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if they are able. The Catholic Bishops of Michigan have issued guidance on the moral permissibility of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine:

General information may be found on the CDC website:

We are working with the Kent County Health Department and will continue to work to provide the safest environment possible for our parish community. As we move through this pandemic, we will continue to be diligent with communication and awareness. Let us pray for everyone suffering from COVID-19, our health care workers and public health officials, and each other as we come together in hope that this virus will one day pass.

COVID-19 Update from the Diocese

UPDATE AS OF AUG. 20, 2021 –

Masks strongly recommended during Masses and other indoor public gatherings in our churches:

As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified the risk level for all but one county in the diocese (Osceola) as ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ in terms of community transmission of COVID-19. In either classification, the CDC recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings. [View data here]

It is strongly recommended that parishioners and guests wear a mask during Masses and other indoor public gatherings in our churches.

Decisions on specific COVID-19 mitigation strategies for each parish remain with the pastor at this time.

Parishioners also are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if able. [For resources addressing moral and ethical concerns, please see the March 5th update below]

Vaccine self-scheduling is available through the following links: locations) (Mercy Health)

St. Joseph has arrived at St. Robert’s!

Fr. Tony will bless St Joseph at the 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday and each of the Sunday Masses.
Thank You to the Knights of Columbus Council 8117 and all our friends including David Gerst and the Gerst Family for the generous donations and the gift of this beautiful statue!
Prayer to St. Joseph, Terror of Demons
St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, cast your solemn gaze upon the devil and all his minions, and protect us with your mighty staff.
You fled through the night to avoid the devil’s wicked designs; now with the power of God, smite the demons as they flee from you!
Grant special protection, we pray, for children, fathers, families, and the dying.
By God’s grace, no demon dares approach while you are near, so we beg of you, always be near to us!