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Letter from Fr. Darrio

September 12, 2020:

Our weekend schedule of Masses is as follows: Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 11:30 am.  We have suspended the 5:30 pm Mass on Sunday evenings for now and will possibly resume it again in the Fall.  You MUST REGISTER to attend Mass, either by going to our website: www.stedna.org or by calling the Office at 1.847.398.3362.  Only 100 people are allowed to attend each Mass because of social distancing.  Please arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins, since it will take some time to check-in at the kiosks that are set up inside the Main Portico entrance ONLY.   View the four-minute video on our website to understand what returning to St. Edna Church will be like for the duration of this pandemic. 

Weekday Masses are celebrated Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.  Only 40 attendees are allowed at each Mass and each person must register to attend by either going to our parish website at www.stedna.org or by calling the Office 1.847.398.3362.

Deacon Joe Yannotta leads Morning Prayer on Thursdays at 8 a.m. in Church (with the Distribution of Holy Communion).  Again, you must register to attend (see above).

PRIVATE PRAYER time is available in Church on Wednesdays for two hours (from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for one hour each morning (from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.).  Only 10 people are allowed inside the Church during any of the four 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.)  Each worshipper is allowed to pray for 20 minutes only.  We need ten minutes between sessions to sanitize the pews and kneelers as they are vacated.  You must register to attend.  You can find a link on our website Home Page www.stedna.org to register electronically or you can call the Parish Office at 1.847.398.3362 and leave your name and phone number.  We will call you to confirm your Prayer Time request.

Why must you register to attend Mass or Morning Prayer or Private Prayer?  Because records need to be kept of all attendees for possible virus contact tracing.

Confessions are available by appointment.  I am available five mornings a week (every morning except Sunday and Thursday) from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and four evenings a week (every evening except Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) from 6:30 pm to 7 pm.  Call the Office (1 847 398-3362) and leave your first name and your phone number.  I will call you back (or one of our secretaries) to set up a definite day and time for you to come and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Be sure you are wearing a face mask.  Enter the Church Vestibule from the Main Church front doors (under the Portico).  That is the only entrance that will be unlocked.

Every First Friday I administer the Sacrament of ANOINTING OF THE SICK after the 8 a.m. Mass.  If you are seriously ill in mind, body or soul, please attend the 8 a.m. Mass on First Fridays and receive the Anointing of the Sick after Mass in the Church Narthex near the Holy Family Statue.

Please know that you can enter Church ONLY from the Main Portico Entrance and will have to exit from the doors at the West end of the Narthex.  The West end washrooms will be the only washrooms available for use, the others at the east end of the Narthex will be locked and unavailable.  Every other Church pew has been roped off to assure social distancing and markers have been placed on the open pews so people stay at least 6 feet apart.  These measures are being taken to ensure that our Church building is a safe, sanitary place for you to pray in. 

Many volunteers have already come forward and they have undergone Webinar Re-Opening Training.  More volunteers (age 18 and over) are still needed!  The Archdiocese is allowing those over the age of 65 (even those with health issues) to be part of re-opening Teams as long as they understand the health risks involved and go through the required Webinar training but I would prefer those over the age of 65 WITHOUT any medical issues to be part of our St. Edna team.  If you are interested in being on our Team, please read the link on our website titled: St. Edna Re-Opening Plan for more information and let me know if you’d like to help.  The webinar training is easy.

For those who would like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, please know that our original St. Edna Tabernacle (with the Blessed Sacrament inside) is positioned in the NORTH window of the Holy Family Shrine niche.  Feel free, day or night, to stop for a while and pray.  Please know that this space is not meant for public gatherings, but for private prayer.  We must comply with physical distancing directives.  It’s a beautiful thing seeing so many people stopping to pray, day and night.   

Thanks for keeping our Outreach Ministry going.  This is dependent on you and your generosity with groceries.  Please keep our shelves filled so we can continue helping the poor.  Place your grocery donations in the covered storage bins between the benches near OFFICE ENTRANCE (Door #6).  Our maintenance crew brings the food into the building each morning.  Outreach food DISTRIBUTION takes place SATURDAY MORNINGS, from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Our St. Edna Parish Office has reopened.  Hours are: Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for essential business.

We have given great consideration to the re-scheduling of our First Communions (which were scheduled for last May 2nd).  We have scheduled some for the weekends of September 12-13, September 19-20 and September 26-27.  More are scheduled for October and also next Spring.  Our R. E. Summer Intensive continues to the end of October.

The dates for NEXT YEAR’S Vacation Bible School on our St. Edna campus will be June 21-25, 2021.  Our “Taste of St. Edna” outdoor Fest on our parking lot (with a band, beer tent, games for the kids and plenty of food) has been re-scheduled to Saturday, June 12, 2021.  Our Fall Craft Fair has been rescheduled to October 23-24, 2021.  SNACK Theater has officially decided to postpone their awesome performances until sometime next year. 

Outside of Office Entrance Door #6 (mounted on the brick column) is a security/mail/drop box for you to place your weekly donation envelopes in.  Thank you everyone!  Your generosity has been wonderful and amazing.  We have begun a new fiscal year as of July 1stIf you could increase your weekly offering just a bit, we could quite possibly stay IN THE BLACK during this pandemic.  You can still mail your envelopes in to us, if that is easier for you, or you might want to possibly consider electronic giving, if that is easier.  There is a Give Central link on our website (it is safe!) for those who are considering electronic giving. 

Recorded Mass from St. Edna is still available each Sunday morning on our website and on Facebook.  We pray at these Masses, a Spiritual Communion, for those at home unable to physically receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  Remember, Cardinal Cupich has extended, until further notice, the dispensation relieving us during this time of pandemic, of the Obligation to physically get ourselves to Church for Sunday Mass.  Several other Mass options are available on TV and on-line for you to consider.  A whole list of them are mentioned on the home page of our website.  Various prayer options are also listed.  There is also an on-line ALPHA program that you can be part of as an added way of drawing closer to Jesus Christ. Take a look each day at the Archdiocese of Chicago website www.archchicago.org for the latest information regarding decisions that we must abide by.  On their website you can also click on the link to view daily Mass from Holy Name Cathedral.

Keep praying for a speedy end to this global pandemic and pray for a vaccine/cureKeep praying for those in the medical “front lines” who are really struggling right now.  Some of them are our parishioners. Follow all safety precautions to keep yourselves well.  Do your part to help bring this pandemic to a conclusion.

Each weekend more and more of you are coming again for Mass.  This is nice to see.  Some of you are coming for weekday Masses.  Some are scheduling a Confession, or coming for Private Prayer or Morning Prayer or coming for a Baptism, a Wedding or a Funeral or praying outside of the Church before the Tabernacle in the north Narthex window.  It is great having you back on our campus grounds and back in our beautiful Church.  Your return is most welcomed!  We have missed you.

Fr. Darrio