All in-person Church Services cancelled until further notice

Because of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus and in accord with the actions taken by the neighboring dioceses, all Church services, including weekend Masses, daily Mass, Baptisms, Weddings, Stations of the Cross, etc. in the parishes and institutions in the Diocese of Joliet will discontinue immediately.

This will remain in effect until it is prudently advisable to resume them. The diocese will make the decision as to when to resume them. The Sacrament of Penance may be administered when approached, in accordance with health guidelines.

See Bishop Pates’ communication here

Father Karl will be streaming and/or posting weekend Masses on the parish’s YouTube channel.

Volunteers Needed

As we move towards re-opening our churches one of the difficulties for a small parish is finding volunteers.  When we open we are required to have someone on site when the building is open to monitor the situation.

The job of the volunteers are to see that the rules are observed:

  • signing people in so that they can be traced if there is a health issue
  • ensuring there are 10 or fewer people in the church at a time

Our plans are to have the church open for private prayers and adoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays 10am to Noon
  • Tuesdays 5pm to 7pm
  • Thursdays 10am to Noon
  • Thursdays 5pm to 7pm

If you know a person who is available during any of these times and is willing to volunteer please contact the parish office or you may sign up here:

Sign Up!

If we can not find volunteers we will need to remain closed.

Watch message from Bishop Pates on need for volunteers from our younger parish community.

For details of the plan please see Bishop Pates’ cover letter here and the Plan details here

Church to re-open in June

We are starting Phase 1 of the re-opening plan in June!  

See details on what is included and make sure to watch the video on how the process works here

Diocese announces phased re-opening plan

Today Bishop Pates provided details for the diocese’s Phased Re-Opening Plan.

In summary, the Plan calls for two Phases:

Phase 1
Allows for limited sacramental celebrations and private prayer including the following:

  • Baptisms
  • Weddings
  • Funerals
  • Reconciliation

Phase 1 limits the number of attendees in the church to no more than 10.  Parishes will not be allowed to offer either daily or Sunday Mass, even with 10 or fewer attendees.

The parish may enter Phase 1 after proper training and certification protocols have been followed with the Diocese.

Phase 1A
Allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees.

The parish may enter Phase 1A after additional training and certification protocols have been followed with the Diocese.

Phase 2
Allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.

Progression to Phase 2 will be granted once all preparations have been made and permission has been granted by public authorities.

For details of the plan please see Bishop Pates’ cover letter here and the Plan details here

Catholic Youth Conference changed to Virtual Event

Throughout this pandemic, the Lord has asked Franciscan University to make some hard yet faith-filled choices. Today, we regret to inform you that we are cancelling all Main Campus Youth Conferences for Summer. This decision is very disappointing, but prayer, consultation, and prudence confirm that it is the right one.

Despite not having in-person conferences this summer, we will be hosting a live-streamed conference for you and your teens. This event will be unique among other virtual offerings and will include all the components of an in-person conference that we can make possible. We know, with expectant faith and confident trust, that the Lord will lead us and help us to create an event that will guide tens of thousands of teens into a renewed encounter with the love of Jesus. This has the potential to be the biggest Steubenville Conference yet!

You will be receiving more information about this event in the coming days. Please check for the latest updates on the virtual event at