Here is a new page for Resources and FAQ to help you navigate your spiritual and family life during this time. We will be posting more information here, on our parish Facebook page, and on our app as it becomes available.
Based on current guidelines from local public health departments, the Archdiocese of Chicago is slowly and carefully reopening. We are open for Mass but registration is required. Here is a bit of what to expect when you return: Tips for All Worshipers
We have opened our school with a ‘Cohort Model’ and many safety procedures in place as outlined by the CDC and the Chicago Archdiocese. We also have an eLearning option for families who are not comfortable returning to on campus instruction. Check out our School Reopening Plan.
More from the Archdiocese:
Public Listening Session and Feedback for Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine
Abridged Reopening Planning Playbook
Reopening FAQ for Parents
Message from Chief of Academics
What to Expect When Returning to School
Online Mass Alternatives:
- ABC7 will broadcast Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich at 9:30AM. It will also be available on their Youtube channel Saturdays at 4PM. Daily Mass will be broadcast via Youtube from St. James Chapel at 10AM.
- Sunday Mass is aired from Mercy Home at 9:30AM on WGN. Check for local listings or view Mass online.
- Daily Mass is aired several times a day on EWTN. Use the “channel finder“ to determine your local station.
- St. Benedict Parish will stream Mass daily, Mon-Sat at 8:30AM and the weekly Vigil Mass every Saturday at 5PM. Check their live-streampage or watch the video on their Facebook page. Each video will be made available for playback within an hour of the initial broadcast.
- Make a Spiritual Communion.
- Use our parish app to access a wealth of Lenten resources, daily Mass readings, prayers, the rosary and more. Download from your smart phone here.
- Request special prayer intentions via the “Prayer Wall” via our app.
- Give Us This Day includes daily Mass texts.
- Phone a “prayer buddy.” Pray together with friends and family via telephone or FaceTime/Skype.
- Request a Prayer Blanket if you are seriously ill or have a family member who becomes ill. We will arrange delivery.
- The Archdiocese of Chicago: www.archchicago.org, provides resources to enrich your personal prayer life and deepen our solidarity with one another as we experience the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- City of Chicago: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html
- Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
In case of grave illness, contact the Rectory Office at 773-777-2666.
Is the Church open? Beginning Saturday, June 27, we will be open for public Mass. You must be in good health, wear a mask, and pre-register to attend. Sign up using the links on our main church page.
Will school be open? We will be opening school on campus on August 20, 2020, with a ‘Cohort Model’ and many safety procedures in place as outlined by the CDC and the Chicago Archdiocese. We will be offering an eLearning option as well for those families who are not comfortable returning to on campus instruction. As the situation is rapidly changing, visit the Archdiocese of Chicago website for the most recent information. https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus.
Are there any meetings or choir practices? No. All meetings, practices and social gatherings have been cancelled.
Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.