MARCH 21-22, 2020
Take a SIP with SPA! (Take a Shelter-In-Place with Saint Paul the Apostle!)
Dear SPA’s parishioners and friends,
I am sure you are receiving information from lots of different sources I prayerfully ask you to pay attention to this communication, which provides the most updated, and accurate information regarding the impact of the coronavirus on our church operations.
This is a very fluid situation, but I am committed to providing you with regular communication as the situation warrants. Your health and safety as we continue our spiritual lives is my greatest concern. Based on the latest recommendations received from the Archdiocese of Chicago and from state officials we took the following actions effective immediately:
Cardinal Cupich mandated the suspension of all Masses, liturgical services, events and meetings, until further notice.
On Thursday (3.19.2020), I was informed by the Archdiocese of Chicago that Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies, including Easter Sunday and all liturgies after Easter will not be celebrated publicly, until further notice.
Our campus is closed and the parish staff was asked to work from home.
I understand that it’s a difficult time for all of us. It’s a difficult time for our families, workplaces, schools, churches and health of our bodies, minds, and souls. I always try to encourage believers to share their time, talents and treasure. I think that at this time it won’t be that easy to do so.
However, you can share your time with your family and friends especially through your prayers. Please visit www.saintpaultheapostle.church for some suggestions of the various types of prayer for this Lenten time including the weekend Mass.
Share your talents through taking care of your family and friends through social distancing, hygiene, and staying home as much as possible.
You can also share your treasure with those who need it the most at this moment, especially the elderly.
It’s never easy and never a good time to ask for money for the parish and I understand that we are all experiencing some hardship nowadays. We would sincerely appreciate any assistance you can provide. There are several ways to help St. Paul the Apostle financially during the coronavirus outbreak. Even though our campus is closed to the public, we still have operating expenses such as salaries and utilities that we must pay. You can:
- Mail a check to 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee IL 60031.
- Donate online via www.saintpaultheapostle.church/giving.
- Donate via a text message on your mobile phone. Here's how:
Text 'Sunday' with a dollar amount to 84321.
Click on the link that you are sent.
Put St. Paul the Apostle in the church name box and 60031 in the address box.
Enter your name and email address. A code will be sent to your email address.
Enter the code and your payment information.
After establishing your account, you will not have to repeat this process for subsequent donations.
We feel the sadness and anxiety of this moment and this was not a decision the Archdiocese made lightly. We hold in prayer and in our hearts all those who have been touched by this disease. And now more than ever we must lean on each other to be a church of courage, responsibility, hope, and prayer.
We are the SPA Family and we are in this together!
Stay safe and healthy, blessings
Fr. Chris Ciastoń