The Church has always had great esteem for experts in the scientific fields. We rely on their expertise and best judgment to give us counsel and advice for how best to respond to issues that arise. The expertise from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with local health care experts, including leadership at Ascension Health, shared the imminent need for drastic measures to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 can be managed. We have seen many large-scale organizations – from sporting events to conferences and concerts – postponed and rescheduled due to this counsel. We, as the largest faith-based organization in the state of Michigan, have an important responsibility to do our part. Canceling Masses and all other parish activities is a very serious step. However, it was determined to be necessary to ensure that medical providers are not overwhelmed by the rapid spread of this virus. By taking these measures, the Catholic Church in Metro Detroit is demonstrating our cooperation with the best of the scientific community’s recommendations and our commitment to caring for one another, especially those most vulnerable to illness or death due to COVID-19.