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
Today’s second reading from St. James the Apostle is worth reading in correlation with the third and fourth chapter of St. Paul letter to the Romans. In this letter, we read that a person is justified by faith apart from performing works (Rom 3:28). James, on the other hand, writes to us about faith, which relates to good deeds, because only then it is alive. At first glance, we see and hear contradictory statements. However, when we look at these texts more carefully, it turns out that they are not opposed to each other. They really complement each other. It is an obvious mistake to say that we can achieve salvation by means of our own merits and works. Likewise, it is wrong to say that faith alone is enough to get to heaven. After all, faith does not consist in confessing it theoretically (Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, Mt 7:21). Faith that permeates our lives and is the first in the order of salvation should bear fruit. St. James tells us about these fruits. It is primarily love for those who are in need. Today, let us ask Jesus to increase our faith, which works through love and in love filled with hope for eternal life.
Fr. Matthias – your Pastor