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St. Edna Re-Open Plan

(Updated: August 21, 2020)

Reopening Plan for St. Edna Church amid COVID-19

We are open for weekend Masses, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 11:30 am.  You must register to attend, either electronically by going to our parish website: www.stedna.org or by phone 1.847.398.3362.  100 attendees are allowed at each Mass.  During the month of AUGUST and SEPTEMBER we have suspended the Sunday evening Mass at 5:30 pm and will possibly resume it again in the Fall.

Our weekday Mass schedule is as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 8 a.m. and on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.  There is a limit of 40 attendees at each Mass and everyone MUST register to attend, either by going to our parish website: www.stedna.org or by calling the Office at 1.847.398.3362.

Deacon Joe Yannotta leads Morning Prayer (with the distribution of Holy Communion) in our Church at 8 a.m. on Thursdays.  You must register to attend by either going to the special link on our parish website www.stedna.org or by calling the Parish Office at 1.847.398.3362.

Private Prayer time in Church is available five mornings each week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a limit of 10 attendees at each of the four available time slots (7 a.m. to 7:20 a.m.; 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.; 8 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.; and 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.).  Registration is required either by phone (1.847.398.3362) or electronically by clicking the link on our website Home Page www.stedna.org .  If you register by phone, leave your name and phone number and we will call you back to confirm your prayer time.  Each person must wear a face mask while in Church and can only stay inside to pray for 20 minutes each.  We need 10 minutes between sessions to sanitize the pews and kneelers just vacated.  Only one section of pews will be available for Private Prayer to make the sanitizing of the Church a little easier.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to you.  If you would like to go to Confession, please call the Parish Office (1.847.398.3362) and leave a message (including your first name and phone number).  I will call you (or one of our secretaries will call you) to set up an appointment for Reconciliation.  I am hearing confessions (by appointment) five mornings a week from 7 am to 7:30 am (every morning except Thursday and Sunday) and four evenings a week from 6:30 pm to 7 pm (every evening except Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).  When you come for Reconciliation, please be sure you are wearing a face mask and enter the Church Vestibule from the Main Church Entrance under the Portico.

Our St. Edna Reopening Plan

First and foremost, it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all while maintaining due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.

We have assembled a Parish Reopening Leadership Team with parishioner co-captains to lead our efforts. The required training from the Archdiocese ensures that our parish reopening plan conforms to the guidelines developed by the Archdiocese in collaboration with civil and healthcare authorities. We have also received a starter kit of protective and cleaning supplies, as well as guidance on purchasing/maintaining supplies ongoing.

Volunteers Needed

We still need more volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. Ideally, leadership team members and volunteers should not be part of a “vulnerable population” (not over the age of 65; no underlying medical condition such as diabetes; lung disease; undergoing cancer treatment, etc.), however, EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE, as long as people understand the possible health risks involved.  Thus, I ask all of you who are younger than 65 and healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider being our PRIMARY volunteers, and those who are 65 and over (and healthy) to be our ALTERNATE volunteers assisting with one of three reopening teams:

  • Set-up team. Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and propped physically open prior to attendees’ arrival/departure, windows are opened, etc.

 

  • Greeting team. Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.

 

  • Cleaning team. Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided, if you do not have your own, in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.

 

The Reopening Leadership Team and I will make sure that all volunteers and properly trained. Please send us a message at lkniskern@stedna.org to indicate your willingness and ability to volunteer. From those that step forward, we will also request that some act as volunteer captains to help lead each of the three teams.

Timing for Our Reopening

As I mentioned, the Parish Reopening Leadership Team members have completed their required training.  Now we need all our volunteers to do the same and the need for parishioner assistance cannot be overstated, so please consider becoming one of our volunteers.

The guidelines and measures required to re-open are designed to protect our wellbeing and that of the broader community. As Cardinal Cupich has noted, from the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper.” Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21) and commanded us “love one another, as I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). Our collective patience, willingness to help and the care we take to reopen is a demonstration of our unity and love for one another.

May God grant you His peace during this difficult time and may He manifest His love and presence to you in abundant ways. If you have any questions, please contact me at dboscutti@stedna.org .

Peace and blessings to you,

Fr. Darrio