Holy Mass

The Mass is the great encounter with Jesus Christ.

Bishop Barron


Weekend Holy Mass

Saturday Vigil 4pm

Sunday 8am, 10am, 12pm, 5:30pm

Daily Holy Mass

Monday 8am and 6:30pm Spanish

Tuesday 8am and 6:30pm

Wednesday 12pm

Thursday 6:30am and 8am

Friday 8am (AND on the First Friday of the month 12pm)

Saturday 8:30am


Latest Diocesan Guidelines for Parishes

Dispensation
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place for the time being, with the intention of providing our parishes and our parishioners the opportunity to navigate and adjust to the new guidelines and protocols.
  • As always, if you are not feeling well or have a medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of being infected with COVID, you should not attend Mass. Those having such conditions are encouraged to contact our parish nurse to arrange for communion to be brought to their home.
Wearing of masks
  • According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. Individuals who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear masks.
  • Continue wearing a mask if you feel uneasy sitting with unmasked individuals.
  • Per CDC guidance, children younger than 12 should continue to wear masks since they have not yet been approved for vaccination.
Capacity and registration
  • Full capacity is allowed, and registration is no longer required.
Hand sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, but not required for entering/exiting the church and/or at the reception of Holy Communion. Feel free to sanitize your hands before receiving communion with your own personal sanitizer.
Holy water fonts
  • Small holy water fonts or stoups with stationary water should remain empty. However, mechanically filtered and chlorinate baptismal fonts can be used.
Paper worship aids
  • Missals, hymnals, prayer books, bulletins, posters, etc. are now allowed
Singing
  • Praise God! We are now allowed to sing!
Sign of peace
  • The sign of peace will continue to be made without physical contact.
Reception of Holy Communion 
  • Communion on the hand is still the preferable option.
  • Communion on the tongue is allowed at the pastor’s discretion.  At our parish, only the priests/deacons will distribute communion on the tongue. The extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will not distribute communion on the tongue. To receive communion on the tongue, you must go to one of the lines where a priest or deacon is distributing.
  • For those concerned about receiving communion on the hand following someone who just received communion on the tongue, please note that the priest/deacon has a cloth in their hand treated with hand sanitizer. After a person receives communion on the tongue, the priest/deacon wipes their fingers on this cloth, reducing the possibility of transmission of viruses. If one is still uncomfortable, please receive communion from one of the extraordinary communion ministers instead of the priest/deacon.
  • Those distributing communion will have a sanitized cloth with them to wipe their fingers in the event they touch a person’s tongue while distributing communion.
  • Fully vaccinated priests, deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are no longer required to wear masks and face shields when distributing Holy Communion. Communion ministers not vaccinated will wear a facemask.
  • Communion from the cup is still not permitted.
Livestream Mass and parking lot communion
  • The 10:00AM Mass on Sunday will continued to be livestreamed. Those not comfortable coming inside the church may continue to watch the Mass on a mobile device in their car and communion will be brought to you.
  • Once the obligation to attend Mass is re-instated, parking lot communion will be discontinued. Watching Mass on livestream or television does not fulfill the obligation to attend Mass.
Altar servers
  • We will resume the use of altar servers the first weekend in August. This gives us time to train new servers and offer “refresher” sessions for those who wish to continue being an altar server.
Vaccination status
  • You will not be asked your vaccination status. However, we strongly encourage vaccinations for all liturgical ministers and for all who minister to others on behalf of Our Lady of Mercy parish.
THERE IS NO CHANGE TO OUR CURRENT WEEKEND & WEEKDAY MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION SCHEDULE

We are extremely grateful to all who graciously cooperated with all the protocols and directives during the COVID pandemic. Thank you!


GUIDELINES FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

The Church gives us some guidelines for the reception of Holy Communion to help us approach the sacrament reverently.

The Eucharist is a communion with Christ and with His Body, the Church. It is a statement of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and of unity with the entire Catholic Church. Outside of the unbroken succession of authority from the Apostles to today’s bishops (apostolic succession), there is no priesthood; and without the priesthood, there is no valid Eucharist. Therefore, the bread and wine received in Protestant ecclesial communities is not the Body and Blood of Jesus.

Because of these differences, only a baptized member of the Catholic Church who believes in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist may receive Holy Communion; and a Catholic must not receive communion in a Protestant service.

The Eucharist as a sign of the real unity of the Church—including all Christians who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church—reminds us to pray earnestly that God would heal the divisions among believers.

We should not receive the Eucharist if we are conscious of having committed a mortal sin. All mortal sins must be confessed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving the Eucharist.

We must fast for at least one hour from food and drink (with the exceptions of water and medicine) before receiving the Eucharist.

The faithful may receive Holy Communion a maximum of two times in one day, but only if the second reception takes place during a Mass. (The exception to this is in the case of the Eucharist given as Viaticum to a person in danger of death, which may be received at any time.)

Reconciliation

Tuesday 7pm

Saturday 9am to 10am (indoor & outdoor weather permitting)
and 1:30pm to 2:30pm

First Friday of the month 8:30am

Or please do make an appointment 630-851-3444

Check out our Reconciliation Resources at this link; let’s get our hearts prepared for Mass.

Eucharistic Adoration

Monday 8:30am to 6pm
Benediction at 6pm

Wednesday 8:30am to 6pm
Magnify (typically the last Weds of the month) 7pm to 8:30pm

Thursday 8:30am to 6pm

Check out our Eucharist Adoration Resources at this link; block the time on your calendar to spend time with Jesus, He is looking forward to spending time with you!

Private Prayer in Church

Open daily 8:30am to 9pm
(will close if there is a Funeral, Wedding or Baptism)


Now that gatherings are becoming more common again, we are finally getting the opportunity to catch up on months of missed in-person connection. Do we even remember how?

The thing is, we’ll settle back into our rhythm in no time because humans are made for relationship and connection. In fact, that’s what is at the heart of Christianity. Not a story from the past, not a bunch of rules—an honest-to-goodness relationship.

What if one of the most important ways we participate in our relationship with Christ was pretty similar to being guests at a party? Check out this short video from Bishop Barron to see what we mean…


Christian faith is not only a matter of believing that certain things are true, but above all a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI