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Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, financial assistance is available to congregations in the Diocese of Chicago from the federal government, the Church Pension Fund and the bishop’s office. Here are details about each form of relief currently available: Paycheck Protection Program  Updated July 10, 2020: The deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans has been extended to…

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Bishop’s Appeal 2020

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago: In recent months, we have learned to worship on Zoom and Facebook, care for one another by telephone and find creative ways to feed the hungry and support the burgeoning movement for racial justice–all while striving to keep our communities healthy. Thanks to your steadfast ministry, the…

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Reopening Plan Revisions Published

Reopening Plan Revisions Published

On June 17, Bishop Jeff Lee reviewed with clergy updates to the Diocese of Chicago’s plan for re-opening churches. The plan continues to be based in large measure on meeting public health criteria spelled out in Restore Illinois, the state’s five-phase plan to guide its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates to the plan include: State…

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Faith in This Pivotal Moment

by Rory Dean Smith How does our faith call us to lead in this pivotal moment? I am a Chicagoan. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago. When we moved into our house I was entering first grade and I made friends with the last white kid in the neighborhood. When his family…

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Resources During the Pandemic

Resources During the Pandemic

Below is a list helpful list of resources to assist in all aspects of parish life during the pandemic. If you have edits or additions to this list, please email Jen Boyle-Tucker. Online Prayer and Worship Around the Diocese From the Diocese of Chicago Pandemic news and updates from Bishop Lee Returning to Our Churches:…

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