5/22/20 - Letter from Fr. Uriel

Dear brothers and sisters,

A greeting to all parishioners of St Joseph. 

Members of the Catholic parishes nationwide and here in Illinois have expressed their desire to reopen churches for Sunday Masses, liturgical services, private prayer and adoration.

The position of the Catholic Church has been “to follow faithfully the best available disease-mitigation practices to contain the pandemic’s rampage through our communities.” as stated by Bishop Braxton in last week’s letter from the Office of the Apostolic Administrator.

On Monday an Executive Summary with plans for safely re-opening parishes was emailed to all of St. Joseph’s parishioners and posted on our website and Facebook page, as well as more detailed guidelines for liturgical services and gatherings. We hope that everyone has had an opportunity to read this important document.

May 23 and May 30 have tentatively been set as reopening dates in Phase I and IA of the current plan. In order to be approved for re-opening each parish is asked to create a leadership team consisting of the pastor and five others to co-manage operations, supervise cleaning and take charge of set up and greeting for services.

The Archdiocese will be conducting training sessions for these teams. Each parish will have to submit an implementation plan to our diocese to receive approval and certification to reopen. At this time I am asking for a group of non-vulnerable volunteers from our parish to assist with reopening.

If you want to be part of this committee, please let me know.

We continue praying so our Lord Jesus Christ guide us to strength our faith as individuals and as community. I really appreciate all your patience and love to understand this situation we are living. We are anxious to come back to our church and praise our Lord as a living community and we know that under God's grace this will be possible.

God bless you always.


Fr. Uriel