Frequently Asked Questions
These guidelines for celebrating funerals in a church reflect the updated guidance by government officials, healthcare professionals and church authorities. These guidelines are based on current requirements for groups of 10 or less in the church at any time exclusive of all ministers, funeral directors and usher or greeter.
• Masks should be worn for the entire time the participants are in the church even when responding to prayers. The sole exception is for reception of Communion when the mask should be lowered but replaced immediately after consumption of the sacred Host. Per IDPH and CDC guidelines, those with breathing difficulties can be exempted from this requirement, but those individuals must observe the strictest of social distancing from anyone not living in their domicile
• The funeral bier can be processed to the front by the funeral director and one other person who is participating (one at the front of the bier, one at the back).
• Eulogies by friends or family members are not allowed. However, eulogies may be given by the priest or deacon after the Prayer After Communion. Eulogies may be written by family and friends with the following guidelines:
- they are to be 3–5 minutes in length;
- they are to reference the life of faith of the deceased; and
- they should be written beforehand and submitted to the priest to review
These guidelines for celebrating baptism in a church reflect the updated guidance by government officials, healthcare professionals and church authorities. These guidelines are based on current requirements for groups of 10 or less in the church at any time, exclusive of ministers.
• All guests must bring and wear face masks. Masks should be worn for the entire service by all participating with the exception of the baby if under two years old. Given the IDPH and CDC guidelines, those with breathing difficulties are advised to stay at home, but if there is a need to attend, can be exempted from this requirement. However, those individuals must observe the strictest of social distancing from anyone not living in their domicile.
• Guests are asked to check their temperature the morning of service and stay home if they have become symptomatic.
• Those in a vulnerable population are encouraged not to attend.
• Godparents and guests are asked to stay in their designated seats for the entire service. (There is no requirement that the godparents “as witnesses” need to be in close proximity to the child and parents.)
Please call MJ Martin at (708) 822-1627 between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, 24 hours in advance, to schedule a reconciliation time. She will arrange for a priest will meet you at the front door of church.
• Masks should be worn for the entire time you are in the church. Per IDPH and CDC guidelines, those with breathing difficulties can be exempted from this requirement.
• In order to maintain social distancing, the traditional “confessional” will not be used.
• After penance is received, it should be fulfilled outside the church. That is, that no penitent remains in the church after confession to fulfill the penance.
This Sacrament offers the Lord’s healing strength and peace to anyone who is seriously or chronically ill, hospitalized, or about to undergo surgery. An individual or family member may call or text MJ Martin, Director of Parish Operations to request anointing. 708-822-1627
Please be aware that some hospitals are not allowing priests to enter at this time.
We are sorry, but both events have been cancelled. See you in 2021!
If you are in need of a delivery of groceries or pharmacy items, please call the parish center or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have some parishioners who are available to help you.