Church Reopening Plans

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
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  Please read the guidelines below before attending the worship services.
       
  Monday: 8:30 AM Daily Mass
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Private Prayer
  Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Private Prayer
  Wednesday: 8:30 AM Daily Mass
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Private Prayer
  Thursday: 8:30 AM Communion Servce
    9:00 AM to 6:30 PM Eucharistic Adoration
    6:30 PM Benediction
  Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Private Prayer
  Saturday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Confession
    4:00 PM Sunday Vigil Mass*
  Sunday: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Mass in English*
    12:00 PM Mass in Polish*
       
  * Reservations Required for Sunday Mass. We are currently accepting 50 reservations per Mass.  Please click here for details and to register.


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Before You Come
  1. Bring a mask from home; they are required to enter the Church.
  2. Take your temperature… if it is elevated please stay home.
  3. Take notice of any new symptoms… if you think you might be sick, please stay home.
  4. Only ten people will be allowed for private prayer at a time so please be flexible.
When You Arrive
  1. Entry will only be allowed through the South Melvina Street door, this is the door closest to the Rectory in the southwest corner of the Church.
  2. If you need to use the handicap accessible entrance, that will be available to you. Please park in the Dakin Street lot and enter through that door.
  3. When you enter the Church, please sanitize your hands using the dispenser immediately to your right on the wall by the door.
  4. Sign in as instructed; after you have signed in, please wipe the pen with the available wipes.
  5. Proceed to the pews, please follow the signs to socially distance yourself from other worshippers.
  6. After thirty minutes or so, please use the available wipes and sanitizing spray to clean your area of prayer.
  7. Dispose of the wipes in the available garbage cans.
  8. Finally, exit will only be through the Dakin Street Parking Lot door (the accessible door) at the southeast corner of the Church.
  9. Please sanitize your hands on your way out using the dispenser by the door.
  10. If you have any issues, the parish office will be open when Church is open... except Thursday evening.

June 9 Video Message from Father Elliott Regarding Reopening

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The Archdiocese has issued some new guidelines that might allow us to open for Masses again by the middle of the month. Every parish will be a little bit different and we’re still waiting for our certification. I will let you know as soon as I do. In the meantime, please take a moment to look over the following (slightly redacted) Archdiocesan communication... Father Elliott

Upon review of the recent guidance issued by Governor Pritzker for the reopening of churches, the bishops of the Chicago Province are moving forward with the Church’s Phase 2 of the reopening plan, which allows for the resumption of modified public Masses and increased attendance for Baptism, weddings, funerals, private prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.

The Cardinal has accepted the recommendation of the Task Force that the resumption of public Masses in the Archdiocese of Chicago may begin when each parish has been certified:

  • Parishioners are to be informed that the dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues.
  • We still advise that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions stay at home and participate through livestreamed and televised Masses.
  • Each parish must be certified for Phase 2. As a reminder, to be certified for Phase 2 a parish must already be certified for Phase 1/1A, it must have celebrated/hosted three Phase 1/1A gatherings and it must have a reservation/registration system in place to effectively manage attendance.
  • The limit on attendees in the archdiocese per Mass and all other liturgical celebrations is between 15 and 20% of your total Church seating capacity (at the discretion of the parish leadership team) while maintaining proper social distancing.
  • However, it is strongly advised that for the first weekend of Phase 2 parishes begin with a 15% limit or no more than 50 attendees (whichever is less) at each Mass or liturgy. This recommendation is made so that your reopening team and volunteers can gain critical experience in managing and keeping safe larger numbers of people, as well as accomplishing cleaning and disinfecting between services. This further gives practice at managing the flow of parishioners coming and going between Masses while observing social distancing.
  • Per the Phase 2 certification requirements, parishes will need to use a reservation/registration system to ensure proper management of parishioner attendance; this will benefit both parishioners as an assurance of their ability to participate, as well as volunteers and their ability anticipate attendance.
  • As we proceed with our church reopening plan, we must also recognize the deep hurt and anger that is being expressed in demonstrations currently taking place in our streets and those around the country. As Cardinal Cupich recently noted, we are long overdue in this country for a national reconciliation to address the evils of racism, hatred and indifference that have afflicted our people since the first slave ships docked on this continent. As many Catholics prepare to re-emerge from our homes to gather around the Eucharistic table of our Lord, let us do so with a renewed conviction to gather together, as one people, united in love for our neighbor.

    Thank you for all you are doing to bring the life and love of Jesus Christ to His people. As we celebrate this Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit fill your hearts and kindle within you the fire of God’s love in manifest ways.

    Peace,

    Bishop Ron Hicks


    Letter from Cardinal Cupich Regarding Re-Opening Plans