Dear St. James Parishioners,
Please know that you are in our prayers. Below we have new guidance from the Vicar General.
Fr. Matt Foley
Governor Pritzker has just announced a mandatory shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois. What this means for our parishes is that effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7:
- All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until the order is lifted.
- There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any other gatherings anywhere on parish/school property, nor can any parish personnel be involved in organizing them on any other site.
- All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. However, in case of an extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.
- Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.
- Parish offices must be closed until the governor’s order is lifted. That stated, each pastor and his staff must identify essential functions that need to continue as follows:
These circumstances require all of us to pastor and lead our people in new ways. Further liturgical and pastoral guidance will be provided over the course of the next few days. As always, all current guidelines can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus/COVID-19 IZZY page.
And also, your health and wellbeing are vitally important to me, your vicar, Cardinal Cupich, and all those to whom you minister. Stay well and safe. Thank you for your continued prayers for and support of one another, and the people of God in this time of suffering for so many. We will get through this moment, but we need to stay united to keep our people united.
Bishop Ron Hicks