Parish Reopening Information

Safety precautions to observe at all times:

  • Prior to coming to church, please take a moment to go through a health protocol self-checklist. If you experience any of the symptoms, we ask that you stay home.
  • You must sanitize your hands upon entering the church. We will have sanitizers at the doorway.
  • You must wear a mask or face covering upon entering the church and for the duration of your time inside.
  • You must stay within the designated areas that are in place to adhere to the social distancing measures.
  • Only one door off the main parking lot will be open to enter, you may exit any Narthex door.
  • Follow the 6’ social distancing at all times.
  • Please follow the guidance of the ministers present who will direct you, seat you, or answer questions.
  • We will be working hard between the Masses to sanitize our Worship Space and prepare it for future use throughout the day.
  • The dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in place indefinitely.
  • If you are fearful or have any reluctance to return to Sunday observance at this time, you should not do so.
  • Those most susceptible to contracting COVID-19 by virtue of age, medical condition or other vulnerability should not attend the in-person Mass.
  • Online reservations are required for Weekend Masses. For those who do not have access to a computer or need assistance with this process, please contact the parish office at 630-615-7656.
  • No changes or additions can be made after Saturday at 1:00pm.
  • Please arrive to Mass early; the doors will open at 4:30 pm on Saturday and 7:30 am, 9:30am and 11:30 am, respectively on Sunday. Ministers will escort you to your seats. The doors will be locked at 5 min prior to start time to allow the Mass to begin on time. 
  • There will not be worship aids or hymnals in the pews.
  • At the present time we are asking the congregation not to sing as advised by the CDC.
  • There is still no handshake of peace.
  • Communion will be distributed in the hand only. Communion from the cup is discontinued indefinitely.
  • After receiving communion, remove your mask and consume the precious host, then secure your mask.
  • After the final blessing and dismissal, you will be guided by an usher for departure.
  • Please follow social distancing at all times upon departure.
  • With regard to our weekly collection, we encourage you to continue to give online or by mail for the safety of our ministers and money counters. This can be done by clicking here and creating an account.  For those who cannot do so, we will place a collection basket in the narthex for you to drop off your offerings upon entering or exiting the church.
  • Weekday Masses:  The doors will be locked at 8:25 am allow the Mass to begin on time.
  • Please follow the same social distancing protocols in place for Sunday Masses. 
  • For those who do not have access to a computer or need assistance with this process, please contact the parish office at 630-615-7656.
  • We will continue to livestream the daily Mass.

Confessions: Friday 3:00-4:00pm and Saturday immediately after morning Mass

  1. You must maintain six feet distance between each other.
  2. Masks or face covering should be worn.
  3. You DO NOT have to sign up for confessions.

Adoration –  Tuesdays following morning mass until 1:00pm and Thursdays following morning mass until 6 pm.  (This scheduled event will change if there is a funeral). 

The church and chapel will be open for private prayer:
• Monday until noon
• Tuesday, Wednesday until 3 pm
• Thursday until 6 pm
These times will change if there is a funeral.

Baptism
We will begin just baptizing one infant at a time in July. Number of people present will depend on what is allowed at that time.  Please call Deacon Kurt to set up time.  Masks or face covering will be needed.

Weddings
At this point weddings can be scheduled, but we are limited to 250 people.  Guidelines are the same as mass.

The parish staff is working during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you need to conduct business during these times, please make an appointment with the staff member you would like to meet with. Walk-ins are not allowed in the parish office at this time.

This guideline will be updated as things change.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the other things going on:

  • Masses are live-streamed daily. You can view the Masses at anytime by clicking on the link above or visiting our Facebook page.
  • We are filming “Church Chats” on Facebook – short videos by staff and parishioners about a variety of topics from personal stories to special teachings. Click here to go directly to our “Church Chats” video playlist. 
  • Mass Intentions are still able to be booked. Contact Lois at ltyznik@st-raphael.com.  She can give you a firm date for the Mass and mail the memorial card.
  • The Service Commission has been making face masks for parishioners in need, please contact Barry if you need one. We are in need of elastic and elastic bands to make more masks. Please contact Barry if you have some to donate.
  • We are collecting food for Hesed House and the West Suburban Food Pantry in Woodridge. Hesed House needs single serve non-perishable microwaveable food, water bottles and single serve pop top foods that do not need can openers (chunky soups, tuna, Dinty More Stews). West Suburban would take any contributions like Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes is still receiving our envelope financial contributions. Any food contributions can be left outside the church doors on the right side between the hours of 8am-2pm. Any questions please email Barry.
  • The leaders of the Monday Rosary are praying together via Zoom. Join them at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73275681473?pwd=ZHJlYkFIM2sreFgvSmQyNXFIdFNyUT09.   CODE: 732 7568 1473  Password: 3FWLLC
  • Music Groups are not able to gather at this time, however we are staying connected through ZOOM. Children’s choirs may need to wait longer till a safe policy is in place from the diocese for us to start up. Continue to keep singing and giving God praise through the gift of music.