Reopening Plans for St. Priscilla Church
We have resumed our regular Mass schedule. We are no longer livestreaming Masses.
Weekday Masses in English: Monday – Saturday at 8:00AM
Weekend Masses in English: Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 8:30AM & 12:30PM
Confessions are available Monday – Friday 30 minutes before each Mass. On Saturday, confessions are available from 3:00 to 4:00PM, as usual.
PHASE 5 GUIDELINES
The below guidelines are effective for all archdiocesan locations unless otherwise noted.
All capacity restrictions are lifted. Masses, liturgies, sacramental celebrations, parish/school events and all offices may resume 100% capacity.
Physical distancing is NOT required for vaccinated persons. Physical distancing is recommended by public health authorities, when possible, for unvaccinated persons if conditions allow up to 6 ft. of separation.
Masks are NOT required for vaccinated persons.
Masks are recommended by public health authorities for unvaccinated indoors, particularly in crowded venues.
Hand sanitizer should remain prominently available in churches, schools and offices.
Masses and Liturgies
Registration is no longer required.
Proof of vaccination is not required for attendance at any liturgies or services.
Reception of Holy Communion:
Receiving Holy Communion in the hand no longer requires extra hand sanitizing on the part of the Communicant.
Receiving Holy Communion on the tongue may resume; however, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must have hand sanitizer nearby and use it immediately in the event of contact with saliva (which is good practice in all circumstances).
Distributing/receiving Holy Communion from the cup remains suspended at this time. The archdiocese will communicate once sharing of the cup may resume.
In the event that anything changes per the State of Illinois, City of Chicago or public health departments, we will communicate immediately.
Again, we thank everyone for your patience and commitment to protecting one another amidst year-long protocols and guidelines.
Let us continue to pray for an end to the pandemic globally and the grace to move forward in solidarity and charity with our sisters and brothers around the world, down the street and next door in a renewed way.
Fr. Matthias' Reflection
We must all admit that the life of every person, even of a believer, is not without its difficulties. God has not promised anyone that He will remove any problems that arise on our way. He also did not assure that He would not allow us to be torn by storms of doubts, passions or emotions. He never made such promises. Instead He promised that He would always be with us, all the days until the end of the world. After all, the Eucharist is a special expression of this presence among us and with us. It is in the Holy Mass that God is with us fully, in His Body and Blood. Let us be grateful to Him for that. As the Collect of today’s Mass for the twelfth Sunday in ordinary time says – He never refuses to care for those whom He confirms in His love. So, let us pray today that this Presence will remove from our hearts all fear, doubt and uncertainty. Almighty God is with us. He has been and will always be. Truly He is faithful.
God bless you all,
Fr. Matthias D. Galle – Your Pastor