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Watch Live Nov. 18: Father Solanus Casey's Beatification Mass

Image: Wikimedia image of Father Solanus Casey OFMBeatification Mass details 

The beatification Mass, will take place at Ford Field in downtown Detroit on Nov.18, 2017 at 4 p.m. Doors are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. NOTE: Public tickets for the Mass, which went on sale on Oct. 9, are sold out.
 
Read Bishop Walkowiak's statement on the beatification of Father Casey.
 
Please review this list of items that are allowed/NOT allowed inside Ford Field.
 
Additional details may be found on the Visit Detroit website, including information on hotels, parking and volunteer/donation opportunities.
  
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Information is also available on the Solanus Casey Center website

Watch Live online and on TV

For those who live outside of Detroit:
The beatification Mass will be broadcast live on television on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) at 4 p.m. on Nov. 18. Use this channel finder to find local channels for EWTN. EWTN will also run a special on the life and legacy of Father Casey at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17. View the EWTN Television Schedule.
 
The live stream of the Mass may also be viewed on the Father Solanus Guild website: http://solanuscasey.org/beatification-live as well as on the Father Solanus Casey Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FatherSolanusCasey
 
 
For those watching in the Detroit area: CTND will be broadcasting as will WDIV on its digital sub-channel MeTV (Channel 4.3 over-the-air) and on ClickOnDetroit. It will also be carried on Ave Maria Radio. 

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Motor Coach Transportation from Grand Rapids 

Make your trip to and from the Father Casey beatification by bus! Two options are available for those who are already in possession of beatification tickets:
  • St. Mary Magdalen Parish is providing motor coach transportation. The cost is $47 per person. Payment deadline has been extended to Nov. 16 (Additional details)
  • The diocese is also providing motor coach transportation. The cost is $30 per person. Payments must be received by Nov. 16. Payment by credit card preferred. Register here: https://community.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/fr.-casey  

Parking, transportation and information for Mass attendees with Limited Mobility

ADA drop-off/pick-up
If your group has pilgrims who are handicapped, each bus parking location will have shuttles for use only by attendees with limited mobility and their caretakers. Shuttles will run continuously between each parking location and designated shuttle drop-off/pick-up locations near Ford Field. Please note: shuttles are only for those who have mobility issues and their caretakers.
 
Private vehicles will be permitted close to Ford Field for ADA drop-off and pick-up of individuals with limited mobility. We anticipate that the handicapped pilgrims will be walking approximately 250 feet from Gate G. We will have volunteers with wheelchairs to assist.  Please see the ADA Dropoff and Pickup Map (pdf).
 
ADA seating relocation services
Handicapped pilgrims who are not physically able to walk the stairs to their assigned seat, may visit an ADA relocation table to switch their seats to the ADA seating areas. Early arrival is encouraged for this process as gates open at 2 p.m. ADA relocation tables will be set near the Guest Services booth at Gates A, B, C, E, and G. There will also be an ADA relocation table inside Gate D near section 127 and inside the Gate G Bridge near section 215.  Guests needing assistance along with one companion will be relocated to seats in the vicinity of the relocation table on a first come, first serve basis.
Do not repurpose the original ticket.
 
Private vehicle parking
Attendees arriving in private vehicles may choose from a variety of city- and privately-owned surfaces lots, garages, or metered street parking. Please review the parking/public transportation information found on the beatification website here: https://beatification.visitdetroit.com/transportation-parking/ and http://www.parkdetroit.us for more information.  
 
It is estimated that costs for parking will range from $10-$50. Street/metered parking is enforced by the City of Detroit Municipal Parking Department. The rates and hours vary, so attendees are encouraged to follow all posted signs and notices.
 
Public transportation
Attendees are strongly encouraged to consider public transportation options when planning their trip to Ford Field. Options include:
  • RefleX
    Limited-stop, express RefleX buses run on Gratiot and Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit to the suburbs seven days a week and will be available on November 18. The 498 RefleX Woodward route runs from Somerset Mall in Troy with stops every mile or two in Birmingham, Royal Oak, Ferndale and Detroit. The Grand Circus Park stop is just a few blocks from Ford Field. A one-way fare is $1.50. The 598 RefleX Gratiot route runs from Mt. Clemens with stops every mile or two in Clinton Twp, Roseville, Eastpointe and Detroit.  The Frank Murphy stop at Gratiot and St. Antoine is one block from Ford Field. One-way fare is $2.00. Fares on all RefleX buses are fifty cents for seniors or the disabled. More information and schedules at http://www.rtamichigan.org/reflex/. Exact change or a prepaid fare card is required.
  • DDOT
    Attendees coming from points within the city of Detroit are encouraged to consider taking DDOT to the Rosa Parks Transit Center or other downtown stops and walking/using the People Mover to get to Ford Field. Standard one-way fares are $1.50. Exact change or a prepaid fare card is required.
  • SMART
    As the beatification will take place on a Saturday, SMART buses will not run to/from downtown Detroit.
  • Detroit People Mover
    Attendees may wish to park further from Ford Field where parking may be more readily available, such as near Cobo Center or Joe Louis Arena, and ride the People Mover to Grand Circus Park. A single fare is 75 cents. Change machines are located within each station.
  • QLINE
    Detroit’s newest transit option is the QLINE. The QLINE runs along Woodward Avenue from Larned Street to Grand Boulevard. Parking may be more readily available, or available at lower cost near Midtown, Wayne State University or New Center. Attendees may wish to park and ride the QLINE to the Grand Circus station, located three blocks from Ford Field. A single fare is $1.50. A day pass is $3.00. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted at QLINE stations and aboard trains and can be purchased via the QLINE mobile app.


If you have any questions, please phone the Communications Department for the Archdiocese of Detroit at 313-237-5943.