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From Monsignor Philip D. Halfacre, V.G.,
Dear Saint Michael the Archangel Parishioners,
I am very happy to announce that beginning on Friday, you will be able once again to receive the Holy Eucharist. A letter that went out yesterday to all the priests of the Diocese of Peoria stated, “It is the wish of Bishop Jenky to accommodate the ardent desire of the faithful to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion.”
What the Bishop has outlined is in keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-32 dated April 30. The Order explicitly permits us:
To engage in the free exercise of religion, provided that such exercise must comply with Social Distancing Requirements and the limit on gatherings of more than ten people in keeping with CDC guidelines for the protection of public health. Religious organizations and houses of worship are encouraged to use online or drive-in services to protect the health and safety of their congregants. (Sec. 2, 5, vi.)
While we are still not permitted to open the churches to the public, beginning Friday, May 15th you will have the opportunity to come each day to receive Holy Communion – which will be distributed beginning shortly after Mass.
Please enter the parking lot from the east side (Illinois Street). The priests will be distributing Holy Communion near the garage.
Cars should form a double-file line and everyone in the car who wishes to receive Holy Communion should lower their window. The priest will hold up the Sacred Host and say, “Behold the Lamb of God; behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” The faithful will respond in the usual way: “Lord, I am not worthy….”
You are asked to remain in your car and extend your hands outside the car window and the priest will come around to each person.
Please exit to the west (Shabbona Street).
We are grateful for your patience as we slowly move toward the reopening of our churches.
We regret to inform you that St. Michael the Archangel Church & Parish Office will be closed beginning at 5pm today, March 21, 2020 until further notice. Please check back for updates.
- Sunday Mass on TV Channel CW -- 8:30 a.m.
- Channel WGN at 9:30 a.m.
- EWTN at 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Mon.- Sat. EWTN Mass 7:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
- Daily Mass with Bishop Barron: https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
- Other Daily Masses available at: https://vimeo.com/396798548
- Prayers and other services: Go to website: ourladyswarriors.org The Stations of the Cross are listed under the title, Prayers to God
- During this time of suspension of parish activities, you may watch Father Rose from his parish in Galesburg https://www.facebook.com/GBBCatholic
To the Priests, Deacons, and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria,
I had hoped to wait a week for events to further unfold before taking the dramatic step of suspending public Divine Worship. Upon wider consultation, however, I have decided that our Local Church will act in unison with other dioceses in Illinois and elsewhere and suspend all public Masses beginning this Saturday, at the Vigil Mass, on March the 14th. Those funeral Masses already scheduled in parish churches may take place. At this time, outside committal services may continue. Memorial Masses should be scheduled at a later date. Marriage ceremonies in parish churches scheduled for this Saturday may take place, and there will be further guidelines from the Office of the Vicar General for the future. Baptisms should continue, but with only the parents and godparents present. Using great prudence and where it is possible, the Sacrament of the Sick and Holy Viaticum may also be administered. Masses and other liturgies in formed religious houses may continue but must not be open to the public.
Dear friends in Christ, these are perilous days but certainly not unprecedented in human history. I urge you to be patient and faith filled. Cling more closely to the Lord, and be sure to pray together at home among your family and friends. For the present, we need to break the chain of transmission of the contagion, but I know that in the future we will much more appreciate and never again take for granted the great gift of our parish communities.
May God bless and protect you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
BISHOP OF PEORIA
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