MARCH 14-15, 2020
Take a SIP with SPA! (Take a Shelter-In-Place with Saint Paul the Apostle!)
Dear Saint Paul the Apostle parishioners and friends,
Based on current guidelines from local public health departments, which recommend the cancellation of public gatherings involving 250 or more people, Cardinal Cupich mandated the suspension of all liturgical services effective Saturday (March 14th) until further notice. In addition, he has mandated the closing of schools operated by the archdiocese, and to close the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice.
“This was not a decision I made lightly,” said Cardinal Cupich. “The Eucharist is the source and summit of our life as Catholics. And our schools and agencies provide essential services to many thousands across Cook and Lake Counties. But, in consultation with leaders from across the archdiocese, for the sake of the safety of our students, parishioners, and all the women and men who serve the people of the archdiocese, it is clear that we must take the better part of caution in order to slow the spread of this pandemic.”
While public Mass will be suspended beginning Saturday evening, March 14, our chapel will remain open for private prayer.
All events and meetings currently scheduled are canceled until further notice. This includes the FSF program, EDGE/Confirmation and any ministry/group event or meeting. Our campus is closed except the day chapel.
At this time, our parish staff will be present to answer phone calls and perform routine maintenance with a heightened focus on disinfecting all areas of common use.
Fr. Joe and I will celebrate Mass privately for the good of the People of God, the church and the intentions of the day.
Televised and online Masses provide opportunities for the faithful to remain connected in some way to the Sacrifice of the Mass during this difficult time.
Additional guidance will be forthcoming from the Office of the Vicar General on the administration and celebration of other sacraments.
“In this time of legitimate concern for the safety of ourselves, our loved ones and those at the margins of society, we must hold fast to the knowledge that the impulses that come from God bring courage, consolation, generosity and solidarity,” said Cardinal Cupich. “Instead of allowing this moment to trap us in fear, we must find unity in advancing all that is good in our common humanity. This means staying spiritually and emotionally close to one another, in our families, our friendships and our communities. It means helping where possible and safe. It means checking on the vulnerable. It means being responsible about hygiene. This is a time to be gentle with one another. For Christians, it is a time to reflect on how Jesus made those struggling with illness a priority. It is also a time to be surprised by the blessings that come from being part of the same family —the human family.”
The archdiocese will provide detailed instructions to me and the parish and will share updates on an ongoing basis.
THERE WILL BE LIVE FACEBOOK STEAMING OF THE MASS AT 5PM, SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH (only Fr. Joe and I). YOU CAN ALSO ACCESS IT AT ANY TIME THEREAFTER.
Fr. Chris Ciastoń, Pastor