March 22, 2020
As I write, there is much uncertainty. While resenting the isolation caused by the response to the Covid-19 virus, I understand the need to comply. I miss celebrating the sacraments within a community of believers. I miss our publicly praying with and for one another. Quite simply, I miss you.
However, we must STAY AT HOME
While following the directives for the Archdiocese of Chicago regarding public worship that are based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, the members of the parish staff and I will continue to be in communication with our parishioners including video recordings of liturgical rites from St. John of the Cross Parish. Avail yourself of the many resources, including our weekly bulletin.
By state order: effective through (at least) Tuesday, April 7:
- Our church must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building is discontinued until the order is lifted.
- There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any other gatherings anywhere on parish/school property.
- All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. However, in case of an extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.
- Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.
- Anointing of the sick and confession/absolution guidelines will be forthcoming.
- Priests are encouraged to continue celebrating Mass privately and to livestream their Masses for their parishioners, if possible.
- Parish offices must be closed until the governor’s order is lifted.
Let us continue to pray for one another and for our parish.
Rev. Marc W. Reszel