Our Church Family

Pastor's Message

 

Updates as of  April 2, 2020

Palm Sunday, Holy Week Liturgies and services, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday will not be celebrated publicly in our parishes. All baptisms, weddings and funerals are postponed until the order is lifted.

The State of Illinois is currently on a shelter-in-place order effective March 21st has been extended to April 30, 2020.  The parish office, faith formation office, church and chapel are all closed.  All private prayer times have been stopped.  

The newest directives received from the Archdiocese of Chicago are as follows:

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Individual confessions are currently not possible; this includes virtual or phone confessions, which are never permissible, nor drive thru confessions.  Despite the good intentions around such novelty, we must attend to our underlying theological tradition of the sacrament, as well as support the stay-at-home order and its intended purpose- to keep people safe in their homes at this time.

Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound:

Communion to the sick and homebound is suspended to be consistent with the governor's current stay-at-home order.

Anointing of the Sick:

Under the State's exemption for essential services, the Archdiocese of Chicago is including anointing of the sick as an essential service.However, out of an abundance of caution only a select number of priests will be allowed to administer this sacrament to any confirmed Covid-19 patients until further notice. 

If you or someone you know needs the sacrament of anointing of the sick please contact the parish office.

Christian Burials:

Burials at Catholic Cemeteries may continue and are not suspended at this time; however, attendance limit and social distancing requirements apply per below.

Please note that out churches are still closed; therefore, funeral Masses are not possible.  However if a family requests a funeral there are two options:

1. A funeral service, not a Mass, may take place at the funeral home.

       a. the limit for attendees remains 10 people at this time (inclusive of the funeral director, priest, mourners, etc)

       b. all attendees must practice social distancing

2. A funeral service may take place graveside at the cemetery before committal/burial.

       a. the limit for attendees remains 10 people at this time (inclusive of the funeral director, priest, mourners,etc.)

       b. all attendees must practice social distancing.

 

 

Please note that all updates listed on our web page are coming directly from Cardinal Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago.