Effective May 15, 2021 | NEW COVID PROTOCOL DIRECTIVES FROM THE DIOCESE OF JOLIET
On May 12, 2021, in response to the state of Illinois moving to the “bridge” phase of re-opening the Diocese issued new Covid protocols for parish churches to implement. Here is a summary:
- The wearing of masks is still required while attending Mass and social functions
(On May 13, the CDC stated that the wearing of masks indoors is not required for people fully vaccinated. Until the Diocese of Joliet adopts this, please still wear a mask)
- Church capacity for OLM is now 600 persons
The Dispensation from the requirement to attend Mass is still in place.
Online registration is still required. Walk-ins are still required to sign in.
All doors of the church are open to enter and exit including the handicapped parking lot.
Hand sanitization is REQUIRED upon entering the church building.
All pews are open – arms-length distance is recommended between households.
For those who are not comfortable attending Mass in the church, the 10:00AM Mass will continue to be livestreamed to watch on a mobile device in your vehicle. Holy Communion will be brought to your vehicle.
In October 2020, we installed the I-wave air-filtration system in the Church. This system kills air-borne bacteria and viruses and operates continuously.
- Reception of Holy Communion
Those desiring to receive communion on the tongue will follow the procedures that are currently in place. Be seated in the designated section and an usher will direct you to the communion station.
Those desiring to receive communion in the hand will come forward in procession as in the past to the 4 communion stations in the front of church. An usher will spray your hands with sanitizer before you go forward to receive communion. After receiving the host, step to the side, remove your mask and consume the Body of Christ, put your mask back on and return to your seat.
Communion from the cup is not an option at this time.
- Not Yet
Passing of collection baskets
Physical sign of peace
AND AS ALWAYS, IF YOU DO NOT FEEL WELL, YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND SERVICES OR GATHERINGS