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 recommended by public health authorities, when possible, for unvaccinated persons if conditions allow up to 6 ft. of separation.
All Archdiocesan Locations Mask Optional beginning February 28
In light of the recent decision by City of Chicago officials to lift the city’s mask mandate on February 28, and the relaxation of COVID mitigations in Oak Park and Evanston, all archdiocesan parishes, churches, schools and offices, will transition to mask-optional environments on February 28.
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
Elisabeth Kubler Ross, the author of the book On Death & Dying, states that at the last stage of conscious preparation of terminally ill people to pass, only the most important matters count.
Exactly the day before His death, during the Last Supper, Jesus left His disciples with very specific instructions. He then revealed to them the essence of Christian ethics. He told them about love. Interestingly, the Lord Jesus did not stop at the Old Testament commandment, which spoke about loving your neighbor as yourself. This is not enough. From now on, it is no longer enough just to love your neighbor as yourself. It is not enough because we often love ourselves too little. Consider, for example, when someone spends sixteen hours a day at work, not allowing himself to rest, thus destroying his body, he does not love himself properly. Or does a person prone to quarrels not harming himself while at the same time effectuating division and discord in the family? Consequently, often feeling removed and lonely. Is it not that our lies do not turn against ourselves? The truth is that all sin ultimately returns to us like a boomerang and points its blade at us. This is because our love is simply sick and weak sometimes.
Knowing this very well, Jesus did not stop at the command to love your neighbor as yourself. He went much further. During the last supper in the Upper Room, He asked and encouraged His disciples: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34). In this way, it is Jesus Himself, and not us, who becomes the touchstone of genuine love. In the Upper Room this love began with the washing of the feet and ended up on the tree of the cross.
Fr. Matthias – your Pastor