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Re-opening ST. EDNA for Weekend Masses


The Archdiocese has also published a printable guide to help each of us.  View it HERE.

St. Edna is in the process of opening for public weekend Mass, and for public daily Mass! 

All attendees must register (allowing us Virus contact tracing if necessary) to attend Mass by the electronic link which will be on our website or by telephoning the Parish Office (1 847-398-3362).  Initially we are allowed to have only 50 people at each Mass, exclusive of ministers.  We still advise that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions stay at home and participate through our St. Edna website Mass and other televised Masses.  The Dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues.

We have prepared a short video to demonstrate what you will need to do to attend a public Mass. 



When we open our doors to our Parish Family for Sunday Masses and Weekday Masses (most likely the weekend of July 4-5) we need everyone to follow the State of Illinois protocols listed below to help ensure the health and safety of each person joining us in Church.

Here is an outline of what you can expect:


- Check your temperature.  If you have a fever, please do not come to Church.  Stay home if you are ill.

- Make sure you have a face covering to bring and wear.

- Bring an umbrella if it is raining (and a jacket) since you will have to wait in line, outside the Church, since only two people can be checked-in at a time.


- Arrive EARLY.  Enter only at the Main Portico Entrance doorway.

- Wait patiently to be checked in by a greeter at one of two kiosks.

- Keep your face covering or mask on at all times except for consuming Communion.

- Sanitize your hands as directed by a greeter.

- Observe social distancing at all times.

- Since there will be no passing of collection baskets for your offering, please leave your offering in the baskets provided at the entrance and exit areas.

- Ushers will direct you to pews with markings showing where to sit.  The pews will be filled from the front of the Church to the back, solo individuals in the center sections of pews (off the center aisle), families in the side sections (the pews closest to the side walls).  You will not be able to sit in your “usual” spot.


- Do not change seats during a Service.  Family members residing in the same home can be seated together.

- There will be no passing of the Collection Offering baskets.

- No physical contact during the Sign of Peace.

- Follow instructions for receiving Holy Communion:

   ---Leave your seat only when directed by an Usher or Greeter

   ---Maintain six feet social distancing in the Communion line---look for the marks on the floor.

   ---When 12 feet (or two people) away from the Priest or Deacon or Communion Minister, sanitize your hands, using the sanitizer from the Usher.  After sanitizing, do not touch any surfaces.

   ---Approach the Priest or Deacon or Communion Minister WITH YOUR FACE MASK ON.

   ---Extend a single hand (palm up) to receive the Host.

   ---After moving six feet to the right or left, remove your mask and consume the Host.

   ---Replace your face covering or mask as you return to your pew.


- Please take any worship aids and place them in the recycling bin as you exit.

- You will be dismissed by pew or seating area, from the rear of the Church first.

- Follow the instructions of the Usher or Greeter.

- Use only the designated exit doors at the WEST END of the Narthex.

- Do not congregate outside the Church doors.

- Continue wearing your face covering or mask until you leave the area where worshippers are.


While our Parish Staff 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 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.