Aug. 27, 2021: Updated COVID-19 Guidance Per Governor’s Statewide Mask Mandate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker yesterday (Aug. 26, 2021) issued Executive Order 2021-20, which calls for all Illinois residents age two or older to wear a mask while in an indoor public space, effective Mon., Aug. 30.
Attendees at Mass and other indoor liturgical celebrations and events will be required to wear a mask, beginning Mon., Aug. 30. All parish and Blanchette Catholic Center employees also must wear a mask in the office when in contact with others. When employees are in their separate workspaces that allow for a distance of at least six feet from others, the mask may be removed.
The executive order also contains directives requiring all public and nonpublic school teachers, staff and volunteers to receive at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days of the order, and to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of the first dose. Those individuals not fully vaccinated within that time frame will be required to undergo at least weekly COVID-19 testing.
We are studying the vaccination order regarding school personnel and will provide clarity as soon as possible, along with other COVID-19 guidance updates in response to your questions.
We appreciate and thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.
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On Thursday, August 19, 2021, the Diocese of Joliet revised their COVID protocols for parishes. The new protocols are minimal, but you will notice some changes at mass this weekend. Below are the protocols which will affect Sunday mass.
  • Masks are recommended by the diocese but not required
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are required to wear masks while distributing Communion and are to sanitize their hands before and after.
  • Congregational singing is not allowed at this time
  • Those receiving Holy Communion on the tongue are asked to come forward to receive last.
All other current practices remain the same. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Please note: on Friday, June 11, we will no longer require registering for weekend Masses and we will be at 100% capacity.

Daily Masses

Daily Masses are be held Mondays – Fridays at 8:15am. There is no Saturday morning Mass except for funerals. We will continue to live stream the daily masses at 8:15 am.

Per the State & Diocese, masks are required beginning August 30.

Weekend Masses

Dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in place indefinitely. If you are fearful or are reluctant to return to Sunday observance at this time, you should not do so. The faithful are under no moral obligation to attend Mass. Masses will continue to be streamed live Sundays at 9:00am and daily at 8:15am.

We are holding weekend Masses on Saturdays at 5:00pm and Sundays at 9:00am & 11:00am.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
• Stay home if you are ill
• Make sure you have a face covering to bring and wear

WHEN YOU ARRIVE
• Please leave your offering the the basket in the narthex on the empty Holy Water font
• Keep you face covering on at all times except when consuming the Eucharist

DURING THE SERVICE
• Singing is currently still restricted
• Step to the side after receiving the Eucharist, lower mask and consume

AFTER THE SERVICE
• Face coverings may be removed anytime you are outside

While our parish staff and volunteers are taking appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guest should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to church. With your help and cooperation, we will be able to worship together once again in our beloved church. Remember, because dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in place, you are under no moral obligation to attend Mass.