We know that during this time there are a lot of questions out there. Below you will find our best attempt to share the information that we have at this moment. As new information becomes available we’ll be sure to update the FAQ below.
Q. Are all Masses canceled?
A. Unfortunately, yes all public Masses until April 12 have been canceled. We are live streaming Mass daily on our homepage, Facebook or YouTube page at 9:00 a.m. (updated 3/24/20)
Q. What happens to the specific daily mass intentions?
A. During this unusual time, the priests want you to know that all of the regularly scheduled Mass intentions are still being taken care of. Since we have three priests at the parish, each of them will be able to take one of the Mass intentions each day and we will still be able to cover them all. Fr. Jorge will be covering the intentions for the Spanish Masses.
Q. Is the sacrament of confession still available?
A. Yes! We have revised the confession times in an attempt to be more accommodating to everyone. Here are the new confession times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Downtown Church from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday – Crane Road Church starting at 6:00 p.m. (until all are heard)
Saturday – Downtown Church starting at 9:00 a.m. (until all are heard) and Crane Road Church from at 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Q. Is the Church still offering Adoration on Tuesdays and Wednesdays?
A. Unfortunately, no. For everyone’s safety and health, we have canceled our weekly adoration times until further notice. We are looking into ways to stream Eucharistic Adoration so you can pray from your home.
Q. Will the Church remain open during the day so people can come to pray?
A. Yes, The Churches are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., We just ask that everyone uses their best judgment when you come to pray. If you are feeling ill or showing any symptoms, for the sake of the parish, please pray from home. (updated 3/24/20)
Q. What steps is the church taking to prevent the spread of germs?
A. For those who would like to come to the Church to pray, we are asking that all parishioners maintain a healthy social distance from one another. We also are disinfecting pews throughout the week to try to provide a clean Church.
Q. Is the parish office still open?
A. The Parish Office is closed. You can call 630-338-8000 and someone from the staff will get back to you within 24 hours.
Q. Are Religious Education Classes canceled?
A. Yes, all Church gatherings (outside of the sacraments are canceled) but we are sending out virtual learning lessons so parents and kids can stay connected to the faith and the Church.
Q. Are the 1st Communion Masses canceled?
A. Not at this time. We will be discussing our options to keep everyone safe as we adhere to Government and Diocese mandates. If something changes, parents will be notified as soon as a procedural decision is made.
Q. Will Confirmation be Canceled on May 3rd?
A. As of March 18th, Bishop Malloy is postponing Confirmations. Given our Confirmation date is over a month away on May 3rd, we do not know if our date will be impacted. It is possible that we will need to reschedule Confirmation. We will immediately notify you of any changes or updates as they are made.
Q. What is the status of the Special Sacrament Class?
A. Parents involved in this program were notified that the March classes were canceled. We will notify the parents if any of the remaining classes are canceled.
Q. What about my wedding or funeral?
A. Weddings and Funerals are proceeding as planned. But due to the new CDC requirements, we must ask that the attendance is less than 10 people. (updated 3/21/20)
Q. Is Vacation Bible School (VBS) canceled?
A. We are currently planning for VBS. Please register your children for this event. You can find the registration form on the Parish Website or you may contact Gail Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Can a priest still come to see someone who is sick or dying at the hospital or at home?
A. Absolutely, in case of an emergency or urgent pastoral need, please call the church office, 630-338-8000, and one of our priests will respond to your call ASAP.
Q. What free resources are available to help us throughout this time?
A. There are many resources that are being made available specifically for this difficult time. The Observer, our diocesan newspaper, is free in both English and Spanish, FORMED (a Catholic version of Netflix) is free with our parish code c89555, as well as many other resources. For more information on different resources please join our Facebook Group where we are constantly updating the page with more resources from around the internet