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Phase 5 Guidance/ Orientación de la Fase 5

Dear Friends, Since the day 15 months ago when Bishop Lee issued a directive to close our church buildings and cease in-person gatherings in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, you have faithfully and graciously led your congregations through the changes wrought by the pandemic. Together, we discovered new ways of worshiping virtually. You found…

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May 5 COVID-19 Guidelines Presentation

On Wednesday, May 5, the attached presentation, which provides an overview of the latest COVID-19 guidelines for the Diocese of Chicago, was shared with clergy and lay leaders. Please contact Courtney Reid with any questions.

Updated CDC Guidelines for Cleaning

Updated CDC Guidelines for Cleaning

On April 5,2021 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting facilities. This guidance is indicated for buildings in community settings and is not intended for healthcare settings or for other facilities where specific regulations or practices for cleaning and disinfection may apply.

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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