By: Daniel Meloy
With access to the sacraments limited, religious community based in northwest Detroit gets creative in bringing Jesus to the people
DETROIT — Browsing through the “About” section of the Companions of the Cross’ website, one would find the Companions are called to “preach the Word of God with passion, celebrate the sacraments with devotion and lead with confidence.”
But the congregation isn’t in the pews to hear the Word being preached, and they can’t receive the sacraments in the same manner as before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Still, the Ottawa-based society of apostolic life that administers St. Scholastica Parish in northwest Detroit is leading with confidence, just in a different way.
When the Companions learned public Masses would be suspended, “we assembled a team from the parish council, the leadership team and a few key parishioners, one of whom works for Google,” said Fr. Jim Lowe, CC, administrator of St. Scholastica. “We felt he’d be a good person to have on the team.”
On the city’s west side at the intersection of Outer Drive and the Southfield Freeway, St. Scholastica seats more than 1,500 people, so keeping the church open for private prayer and guaranteeing its cleanliness wasn’t possible, Fr. Lowe said.
Instead, the parish team adapted livestream technology to broadcast First Friday Masses, Eucharistic adoration, rosaries, Divine Mercy Chaplets, the litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and praise and worship music, all available on the parish’s social media and YouTube pages.