Church Re-opening Procedures & Sign-ups

We are beyond excited to be sharing more information about the gradual and partial reopening of St. Mary of Lourdes.  We cannot wait until our entire parish family can be together, but understand that there are a number of steps and precautions to help get us to that point.  Please carefully read the information below.

WARNING ABOUT RISK ASSUMED BY PARISHIONERS:

While our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

WARNING ABOUT THOSE WHO MAY BE ILL:
      • Do you have a fever or flu-like symptoms? Have you recently traveled out of the country? Have you been exposed to someone with COVID-19? Those who show signs of risk should not enter the church and should stay at home.
      • The faithful continue to be dispensed from attending Sunday Mass. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been suspended.
      • Those who are elderly or vulnerable are encouraged to remain at home.
      • Please wear your mask or face covering and maintain social distancing when at church. (Family members in the same household do not need to maintain distance from each other but do need to wear face masks.)
WHAT THIS MEANS NOW:

We are very happy to offer an outdoor lawn chair Mass at St. Mary of Lourdes this Pentecost weekend at 4:30pm Saturday evening and 10:30am Sunday morning. Specific instructions & details are listed on our parish website. We will continue our drive-thru Confessions (1:30pm Saturday or by appt.) and drive-thru Holy Communion (Saturday 5:30-5:45pm & Sunday 11:30-11:45pm, plus weekdays).  We will continue to live stream our Masses.

At this time, St. Mary’s, Metamora will continue to livestream the 8:30am Mass and have drive through Holy Communion. As plans for reopening St. Mary’s, Metamora continue to develop, they will be shared on St. Mary’s School Facebook page.

For this weekend’s lawn chair Masses at Lourdes, you will need to sign up as we must maintain social distancing and thus that limits the number we can accommodate in the lower parking lot. The sign up can be found below along with directions regarding where to park and specific protocol that we need to follow. Please be sure to check out all of this information. Please note that the lawn chair Masses will be held in the lower parking lot.

WHAT THIS MEANS SOON:

We will be posting later this week on Lourdes’ Facebook and here on our website about reopening the church (parish hall) for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle for a limited amount of people and for limited hours. When we are able, we will also announce when we can offer public Mass in the church (hall) for a limited number of congregants. We will be using sign-ups for these as well.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW:

The Diocese of Peoria in conjunction with all of the (Arch) Dioceses in Illinois has provided us with directives to follow as we work to reopen our churches.

Please take a few minutes to read through and remember these guidelines. We sincerely thank you in advance and we have longed for this day.
Initial Reopening Guidelines (updated May 28, 2020)

Sign-up link…

Please click here to sign up. You will be asked to indicate the number of members within your family. This will assist us in knowing who will be attending and to establish the seating arrangement.

NOTE: We are using the weekend as a learning experience to know how many we can safely have attend while maintaining social distancing and to help us further plan for when we are able to worship together in larger numbers.

Ways to Worship during COVID

As we look for new ways to stay connected and pray together, we have transitioned to celebrating the Mass via Facebook live and our new parish YouTube channel.

If you are on Facebook, be sure to like our parish page, www.facebook.com/St.MaryLourdes, in order to have the most up to date information and to also celebrate daily Mass with us.

The daily rosary and Mass is also streamed live on our YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe to our channel.

Our current schedule is:

Plan for Re-Opening of our Churches & More…

We have received from the Diocese of Peoria the letter below along with information regarding the multi-phase reopening of our churches. Also included below that is our plan for the distribution of Holy Communion. Please make note of the car route for receiving as well as how you are to receive. Thank you for all of your prayers and cooperation as we are living in and working through unprecedented times. May God bless you and your families.

Letter from Bishop Jenky
Executive Summary & Multiphase Plan

Distribution of Holy Communion

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing Holy Communion beginning this Saturday, May 14, 2020.

All those who are able to receive the Body of Christ are to receive in their hands. If you usually receive on the tongue, you are asked to receive in your hands for the safety of both you and Fr. Greg. You will remain in your vehicle and Fr. Greg will distribute to you through your window(s) to all within your vehicle.

We ask all to follow the route included in the link below to avoid any issues with access into and out of the lower parking lot.

Traffic route for Distribution of Holy Eucharist

Additional Directions for Distribution of Holy Communion
    • Please remain in your vehicle at all times.
    • We will have parish volunteer/representative distributing a prayer sheet for you and your family to follow as you proceed through the parking lot.
    • There will also be a collection container where you can give the representative/volunteer your collection envelope. We wish to thank you all for having remembered so generously and sacrificially our parish these past couple of months.
    • Holy Communion will be distributed at the Station in front of the lower hall door.
Notes for the reception of Holy Communion:
    • The usual conditions for Holy Communion apply: must be Catholic and able to receive in a state of grace with an hour fast observed;
    • Holy Communion will be distributed only under the species of bread;
    • Please have your car radio off;
    • Please be sure to cup your hands when you receive as it may be windy;
    • Please roll down any and all vehicle windows nearest to those in your vehicle who will be receiving so as to avoid passing the Host from person to person. A blessing will be given to children and those who cannot receive Holy Communion yet.
Holy Eucharist Distribution Schedule

Fr. Greg will distribute communion for approximately 1/2 hour after each of the scheduled times. IMPORTANT: Please remember to fast one (1) hour prior to receiving the Body of Christ.

    • Monday – Friday: 1pm and 7pm
    • Saturday: 1pm and 4:30pm
      • Confession will be available on Saturday’s from 1:30-2pm.
    • Sunday: Noon – 12:30pm

Celebrating the Season of Easter

Happy Easter!!! He is risen! I have been enjoying all of your pictures of your home celebrations on Facebook and Instagram so much. I am so proud of how our community is handling all of this!

Remember that the Easter season is not just one day. It lasts for 50 days! Let’s celebrate the entire season together!

Daily Mass & Rosary
We will continue to celebrate daily Mass, beginning with the rosary, at 11:45am (give or take a few minutes) Monday through Saturday. It will be live streamed on our parish Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

Sunday Mass
We will live stream our Sunday Masses on our parish Facebook page and our YouTube channel. The Mass times are as follows:
8:30am Mass with Fr. Vien
10:30am Mass with Fr. Greg

Pray the Stations of the Resurrection (Via Lucis)
There are 14 stations, and they the counterpart to the Stations of the Cross. Every station is something that happened between Easter and Pentecost, while the risen Jesus was walking around alive on the earth.

Resources for the Stations of the Resurrection
Scripture Stations of the Resurrection
13 Stations of the Light
13 Stations of the Resurrection