Good News! The State of Illinois has allowed for larger gatherings and the Archdiocese of Chicago has approved St. Damian Church for Phase 2, allowing for public Mass in limited numbers.
Many St. Damian parishioners have volunteered to help by joining our Reopening Team. The Team will sanitize the church and help facilitate Masses, Baptisms, Reconciliation, funerals and weddings. We are very grateful for those who have volunteered already, but more volunteers are needed. The more volunteers we have, the more Masses and prayer opportunities we will eventually be able to provide. Volunteer by filling out the form on this page.
Sunday 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30AM
There will be a registration process necessary to attend Mass to insure we do not exceed our capacity of worshipers. This will require access to the internet and an email address. Parishioners without internet can call our Parish Office at 708.687.1370 for assistance. If you have not yet updated your contact information on our parish database, please do that now by following this link.
SignUpGenius links will be emailed to parishioners every Wednesday at 10:30AM prior to the weekend.
Public daily Masses will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00AM.
No pre-registration will be required to attend daily Mass.
All present at any Mass must follow the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the Archdiocese of Chicago. This pamphlet explains "What to Expect" at Mass:
Eucharistic Adoration is held every Wednesday in the Church. The morning session begins after 9:00AM Mass and continues until noon. If there is a funeral scheduled that Wednesday, Adoration will conclude at 10:30AM. We have an evening session from 5:30-7:00PM in the Church as well. No registration is necessary.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Saturdays from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Reopen Team Members will guide penitents through the process. Everyone must wear face masks.
1. Enter from Long Avenue. A Team Member will guide you into the line up.
2. Cars will line up in order, waiting for their turn. When a confessional is open, you will drive your car to the area in front of the confessional. Turn off your car, put on your mask, and approach the confessional. You will see a plexiglass shield, and 3 feet behind the shield, the priest in a mask and face shield. There will be hand sanitizer on a table for you to use - even though you are not touching anything.
3. There will be a line 3 feet in front of the plexiglass shield where you can stand or sit to confess.
4. Upon receiving absolution and penance, return to your car and exit on 155th Street.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago, in conjunction with the State of Illinois, has formulated a Plan to Reopen our Churches.
To read the letter from the Cardinal Archbishop Blase Cupich and overall guidelines, see here.
To view the very detailed Guide for Sacraments, see here:
The complete list of directives from the Archdiocese can be found here.