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As Monsignor Halfacre announced on Sunday, this coming weekend (June 6th & 7th), we will be resuming Masses inside the church. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Ushers will be on hand to seat you so that proper distancing can be maintained while at the same time using the space effectively. If you are unable to be seated or are uncomfortable attending an indoor Mass, we will still be offering outdoor Masses.
As a reminder, Bishop Jenky has dispensed all Catholics in our diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Those who are sick or whose health makes them vulnerable to the coronavirus are urged to remain home. We will still be streaming Masses on our Youtube Channel.
Here is the schedule for this coming weekend:
Saturday June 6:
4 PM Indoor (Streamed on Youtube)
4:30 PM Outdoor (8th Grade Graduation)
Sunday June 7:
7 AM Indoor
7:30 AM Outdoor
9 AM Indoor (Streamed on Youtube)
9:30 AM Outdoor
For the rest of this week, confessions will remain by drive up. As soon as we have a system in place for safely hearing confessions indoors, we will let you know.
God bless you and know of the prayers of Monsignor Halfacre and Fr. Mattingly for you all. We look forward to being able to worship the good and gracious God with you this weekend.
WARNING ABOUT RISK ASSUMED BY PARISHIONERS:
While our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.
WARNING ABOUT THOSE WHO MAY BE ILL:
• Do you have a fever or flu-like symptoms? Have you recently traveled out of the country? Have you been exposed to someone with COVID-19? Those who show signs of risk should not enter the church and should stay at home.
• The faithful continue to be dispensed from attending Sunday Mass.
• Those who are elderly or vulnerable are encouraged to remain at home.
• Please wear your mask or face covering and maintain social distancing when at church. (Family members in the same household do not need to maintain distance from each other.)
A few updates about the parish.
We will be having another outdoor Mass this Sunday, May 31st, at 9 AM. Tune your radio to 93.5 FM and join us in the parking lot.
Starting Friday, May 29th, the church will be open for prayer at the following times:
- M-F 8:30 AM to 1 PM
- Sunday 1 PM to 4Pm
Please enter by the West door (Shabbona St. entrance). Currently, occupancy is limited to 10 people at a time and you are asked to practice social distancing. At this time, the Mother's chapel and the restroom are both unavailable.
Confessions will continue to be offered by drive up at 1 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and at 3 PM on Saturday using the same process as before (pull up to the East door).
It's wonderful that we are able to move closer to normal, but we still have a ways to go. Let us continue to ask our Lord for His guidance, protection, and strength. Long live Christ the King.
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
Guardian Angel Outreach will reopen on Friday, June 12 from Noon to 4:00 PM on the 3rd floor of the OSF Center for Health-Streator. All clients must wear masks and will not need points at this time to receive infant supplies. No clothing will be available until a later date. The regular schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays will begin the following week on June 16.
-Sharon Warfield, Director
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