This afternoon, Bishop Pates communicated new guidelines with regards to daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, and other parish gatherings. Many parishioners have asked about dropping off weekly envelopes and donations to help our Church and parishioners who may be in need.I am so grateful for the generosity of so many. At this time, we will continue to have parish office hours. Our office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30-2pm.
Please read below for the message from Bishop Pates.
Because of the rapid spread of the virus and in accord with the actions taken by the neighboring dioceses, all Church services, beginning with weekend Masses, daily Mass, 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.
The ceremonies of Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday Celebration on April 4th through Easter are canceled in the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Joliet. This radical step is most painful but is undertaken in the interests of the health of our parishioners and the broader community. I know it was ever so difficult for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to take this same step at the Vatican. If this should be changed, I will notify you immediately.
We are experiencing events unknown to us before. If we take sacrificial short-term measures, the long-term beneficial outcome will come that much sooner.
My prayers, support, and solidarity are with all in the Diocese. I am confident that if we are calm and trusting in the assured Providence of a very loving God, we will survive this severe crisis in good mind and spirit.
With my support and heartfelt prayer, I remain, sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Richard E. Pates Apostolic Administrator Diocese of Joliet