Covid-19 Information Page

  • Latest Update

    Based on current guidelines from public health agencies, which recommend the cancellation of public gatherings involving 10 or more people (this number is per CDC guidance as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and is in effect until further notice), Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, mandated the suspension until further notice of all liturgical services effective Saturday, March 14 with the regularly scheduled weekend services. 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.”

    Dispensation from Attending Mass

    In light of the Cardinal’s decision to suspend the celebration of all public liturgies, it is understood that all Catholics within the Archdiocese of Chicago are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (per canons 85 and 87 in the code of canon law of 1983).

  • Stay Positive!

    Here's some music with a message to keep you safe and hopefully brighten your day...

  • Stay-at-Home Order

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued an executive order to  "Stay-at-Home" effective at 5PM on Saturday, March 21. Originally scheduled until the end of April 7th, 2020, it has now been extended until the end of April 30, 2020. This order prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household, except to participate in essential activities, including:

    • Gathering medical supplies
    • Gathering medication
    • Gathering supplies to work from home
    • Gathering household items
    • Gathering food
    • Gathering cleaning supplies
    • Outdoor activity if social distancing is maintained
    • Caring for a family member or pet
    • Performing work for an
      essential business

    The intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate as possible. The virus can not spread if there is no contact betweeen people. If you have to go out, maintain a 6ft. distance between you and other people. Unlike measures taken in Italy, Illinois is not implementing a lockdown or curfew. This is NOT Martial Law. However, law enforcment can enforce this order. You could be charged with disorderly conduct if you violate it.

  • Do the 5

    The World Health Organization offers the following 5 recommendations:

    1. HANDS  Wash them often. At least 20 seconds with soap and water of at least 100°F. Try washing your hands the Catholic way.
    2. ELBOW  Cough into it. And because of that, don't bump elbows as an alternative to shaking hands. Use a polite bow as a greeting.
    3. FACE      Don't touch it. The most likely way for the virus to enter your body is through your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    4. FEET      Stay at least 6ft. apart. Better that than 6ft. under.
    5. FEEL      sick? Stay home! Perhaps the most important thing. Do not infect others. Isolate yourself and call your doctor.
  • Cybercrime Warning

    There is an increasing cyber threat surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. Thousands of fake domain names containg the expressions "coronavirus", "covid19" and variants of those have been registered to trap people looking for information about the virus. Be alert for:

    • Massive spam campaigns urging people to open an attachment or click on a malicious link.
    • Phishing e-mail campaigns that entice a user to login with a username and password purportedly to access an important document.
    • Scam Campaigns that do not distribute malware but ask the user to pay for something. A typical theme is mask shortage, or vaccine and medicines.
    • Cronovirus themed websites which may be well ranked in Google search results. These sites often claim to have breaking news on COVID-19. Although many are harmless, they sometimes convey inaccurate information, and may lead to malware.