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New Reopening Guidelines Now Available

New Reopening Guidelines Now Available

Since summer, the State of Illinois has maintained three tiers of “resurgence” mitigation measures that include three phases that precede movement to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Learn more on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. The following guidelines apply for in-person worship and other gatherings when a region moves into any…

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From Bishop Lee: Suspending In-Person Meetings and Worship

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago: I am writing with the difficult news that we must once again observe some significant restrictions on our common life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Health recommended that for the next three weeks, residents of our state leave home only for…

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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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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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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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Diocesan Convention To Be Held Online in November

Diocesan Convention To Be Held Online in November

In consultation with the chancellor and elected leaders of the diocese, Bishop Lee has determined that diocesan convention will be held online this year as part of our effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s Restore Illinois plan permits gatherings of more than 50 people only in Phase 5, after a…

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