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 events. 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.
Our first "public" Masses were celebrated Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 2020. We will begin to add an 11:30AM Mass to our Sunday schedule beginning June 28th. Although public, pre-registration is required to attend to insure we do not exceed our capacity of worshipers.
Public daily Masses will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00AM beginning Monday, June 22nd. 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:
There will be a registration process necessary to attend Mass. This will require access to the internet and an email address. If you have not yet updated your contact information on our parish database, please do that now by following this link.
We will be using Sign Up Genius. The Sign Up link will be emailed to Parishioners using the Mail Chimp Parish email system. We realize there are faithful parishioners who do not have internet access or are not comfortable using it. If you know someone in that situation, please reach out and help them sign up to attend Mass.
The Parish email will be sent out on Wednesdays at 10:30AM. If you do not see the email, check your SPAM, JUNK or PROMOTIONS folder. Please do not call the Parish Office to register for Mass unless you have no internet access. We are currently experiencing an extremely heavy call volume!
How Can I Volunteer to Help?
To volunteer for our Reopening Team you cannot be a member of the vulnerable population. Team members must be under 65 years of age with no underlying health conditions. Those over 65 may volunteer if they are in good health and accept the risks presented by their participation. This may be at the discretion of our pastor.
We are in need of Team Members at Masses, Baptisms, weddings and funerals as well.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Saturdays from 2:00 - 4:00pm. 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.