New COVID-19 Updates, Online Office Hours

The bishop’s staff, in consultation with the bishop-elect and COVID-19 medical advisors, has issued these new updated guidelines for in-person gatherings in the Diocese of Chicago:

Indoor services (no changes at this time)
a.   Maximum of 100 people (50 in the City of Chicago) or 25% of room capacity whichever is less.

b.  Can have groups in more than one room as long as there is a safe way for each group to enter and exit separately. Groups should not mingle.

Outdoor services
Up to 100 people in Chicago and the rest of the state as long as social distancing is maintained.

One masked singer at least 15-20 feet away from congregation is allowed.

Communion wine
Priests may consecrate a flagon of wine and may pour into individual cups to distribute to congregants. Other clergy or lay Eucharistic ministers should offer cups at a station at least 6 feet from where communion bread is distributed. Communicants receive cups and should move away before consuming.

Clergy may asperge congregation at Easter and other designated times using water from a bowl. Baptismal font should not be re-filled at this time.

Office hours
As congregations adapt to changing COVID-19 guidelines, Courtney Reid has scheduled “office hours” to help address the questions that come up. Please feel free to drop in at any time on Zoom:

  • Tuesday, March 23, 12:30 -1 pm
  • Monday, March 28, 12:30 -1 pm
  • Wednesdays, April 7, 14, and 21, 12:30 -1 pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 817 6808 2004

Passcode: 747223

To join by phone: 312.626.6799

Meeting ID: 817 6808 2004
Passcode: 747223