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)
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.