May 23 – Pentecost
In case you didn’t see my May 10 announcement……
PRAISE BE JESUS CHRIST! LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!
As you know, our governor announced last week that barring a resurgence of COVID-19, the state could move to stage 5 of re-opening on June 11, which removes nearly all COVID restrictions. For now however, ALL protocols by the state and Diocese of Joliet are still in effect at our parish churches and facilities. I will keep you informed when there are changes.
What the Diocese is doing……
On April 14, Bishop Hicks instructed pastors of all parishes to establish a “Reunite in Christ” task force. Besides myself, Fr. James and Deacon Tom Logue, serving on the task force will be Doug McIlvaine, Zara Tan, Phil Zwick, Miroslava Manzanares, and Alex Baier. Doug McIlvaine is chair of the task force.
The purpose of the task force is to dream and implement pastoral plans for when we can welcome everyone back to parish life without restrictions on the number of people who can attend and participate in parish programs and activities. A primary task will be giving priority to returning to Sunday Mass when the Bishop re-instates the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. One of the aspirational goals we set in 2019 was and still is, to be a parish where everyone hungers to be nourished by the true presence of Christ in Word and Eucharist, giving priority to coming to Mass every Sunday.
The task force will also plan and set a date for a weekend festive celebration of fully reopening.
I will keep you apprized as plans are developed and when the Diocese changes any of the current COVID protocols. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this long pandemic.
Today we celebrate Pentecost……the birthday of the Church! May the Holy Spirit fill us with wisdom and joy as we prepare to move past the COVID pandemic and fully reopen and reunite in Christ our parish church and facilities.
Happy Birthday to all of you – the church!