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Letter from Fr. Darrio

June 12, 2021:

OUTSTANDING news, everyone!  All Covid Restrictions have been lifted and we are FULLY open for Masses once again!  No pre-registration is needed.  No masks are necessary for fully vaccinated worshippers (it’s suggested though, that the unvaccinated should continue wearing a mask for their own safety).  Anyone can continue wearing a mask, if they feel more comfortable doing so.  This will be respected.  No hand sanitizing is required upon entering Church or before receiving Communion, but we will still have hand sanitizer available at each of the small entrance vestibules (on the wall) and also in the aisles for the time being, for anyone who wishes to sanitize their hands before receiving Holy Communion.  You may prefer to bring your own personal hand sanitizer with you instead.  Hymnals are in the pew-racks once again!  We are allowed to fully extend the Sign of Peace to each other.  Our Holy Water fonts are again filled.

You can enter Church through ANY door, now, not just under the Main Portico, and you can exit through any door, too, without needing to be Ushered out.  You may sit in any seat that you would like; just try to keep a little distancing if you are not from the same household.  Remember that the very rear row of chairs is reserved for those who have walking difficulties (Holy Communion is brought to them) and the two blocks of pews off the center aisle, behind the break, are reserved for any UN-vaccinated person who prefers being Socially Distanced (every other row).  All washrooms are available again.

For now, please continue dropping your collection envelope in the basket placed near the entrance.  If you forget to do that as you enter, you can do so as you depart.  Eventually, we will re-instate the “in-Church” basket passing at Offertory Time and in a few weeks, we will again ask parishioners to present the Gifts of Bread and Wine.  Our Altar Server ministry will also resume sometime this Summer.

Our PRAYER BASKET is again ready to use.  It is located at the base of the altar.  Feel free to drop your prayer requests in it before or after Mass.  Use the handrail, if needed, to climb those four steps, or use the handicap ramp located behind the altar (accessible by the Tabernacle).  Eventually we will have it in the center aisle again, before Mass.

Holy Communion remains the Host only (Consecrated Bread); the Cup (Precious Blood) is still not allowed.  For everyone’s protection, our Eucharistic Ministers will continue sanitizing their hands and wearing masks as they distribute Holy Communion.  We ask that you continue receiving IN YOUR HAND ONLY, for the time being, not on the tongue.

Communion Under The Canopy will continue for now, each Saturday, from 1 pm to 1:30 pm and our Recorded Weekend Mass will still be available to view on Facebook and/or our Parish Website.

Congratulations to Father Elijah Perri!  Another son of St. Edna was ordained to the priesthood (as a member of the Franciscan Order) Saturday, May 29th.  He celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving here on Saturday, June 12th at our 5 pm Mass.  You can view that Mass on our Website.  May Almighty God bless Fr. Elijah’s Priesthood and his wonderful family.

Father’s Day is this coming Sunday.  Please plan on joining us for Mass.  Bring your dads and granddads and great granddads!  We’ll have a little treat for them to take home.

Please remember not to believe the many and various Scam emails that are going around (supposedly from me) asking you to purchase gift cards for me to distribute to other people.  Don’t be fooled.  I would NEVER ask you to do this kind of thing for me, no matter “how busy” I might be.

Another fine Religious Education student received her First Holy Communion this past weekend.  May God bless her and all our wonderful young people.

We are almost done with the aluminum fascia work that will complete the Doherty Center and Church re-roofing project.  After that, the Air Conditioning Chiller of the Hurley Center will be replaced.  We’ve been saving for these improvements for the last several years.

In July, Video Monitors and additional cameras will be installed in the Church on each side of the Sanctuary.  This technology will allow us to display hymn lyrics and other graphics to enhance our Worship experience and to also Livestream our Services.  Hopefully, a rebate to us from the Annual Catholic Appeal will help pay for this Church project.  Several parishioners have made private donations to cover the costs of the new monitors.  If you would like to help, please let me know.

Please get yourself and your children vaccinated as soon as possible.  Let me share with you Cardinal Cupich’s words, regarding all three vaccines: “Making moral choices in a fallen world means sorting complex realities, almost always marked by both good and evil.  While there has been much discussion about the morality of receiving any of the available Covid-19 vaccines, which remain in short supply, the teaching of the Church makes it clear: when their turn comes, Catholics CAN receive WHATEVER VACCINE is offered to them with a CLEAR conscience.”

Parish Offerings - 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.  We will probably finish the fiscal year on June 30th a little in the red.  But considering that we’ve been living through a global pandemic this past year, we really are doing quite fine.  Thank you, everyone!  You can always mail your envelopes to us, if that is easier for you, or you might want to consider electronic giving instead.   There is a Give Central link on our website (it is safe!) for those considering electronic giving.  Parishioners who donate using Give Central really love it.

Recorded Mass from St. Edna is available every 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

Let’s all be patient with each other as re-opening continues.  Things change by the day.  Let’s respect those who aren’t vaccinated yet (for various reasons), and let’s honor those opting to continue wearing masks.  Please pray for a permanent end, worldwide, to this pandemic and in thanksgiving that it seems to be winding down.  Pray in thanksgiving for all those dedicated workers (especially in the medical professions) who have done their best to keep us all safe.  Maybe pray for some rain, too.  We sure could use it.  Blessings upon us all.

Fr. Darrio

 

Mass Information

Remember that 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.  Our 5:30 pm Mass on Sunday evenings is still suspended.  We might resume it again in the coming months, if there seems to be a need for it.  

Weekday Masses are celebrated Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m.  

Deacon Joe Yannotta leads Morning Prayer in Church (with the distribution of Holy Communion) on Thursdays at 8 a.m.  .

Our weekday Communion Services are at 6:45 a.m., Monday through Friday.  Each Service concludes by 7 a.m. so commuters can catch their trains.  The readings of the day are proclaimed, and Holy Communion is distributed.  

Thank you for understanding why you must you register to attend Mass or Morning Prayer or Private Prayer----so we have the information needed for possible virus contact-tracing.

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.

 

Confession

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 6:00 pm to 6:30 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.

Anointing of the Sick

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 Mass on First Fridays and receive the Anointing of the Sick after Mass in the Narthex near the Holy Family Statue.

 

Blessed Sacrament

For those who would like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, please know that our original 1965 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.  We also have a framed Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a beautiful Blessed Mother statue positioned to the left and to the right of the Narthex window Tabernacle.    

Outreach Ministry

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.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, please refrain from placing items in these bins that may spoil overnight or may melt in the warmer conditions.  Outreach food DISTRIBUTION takes place SATURDAY MORNINGS, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Upcoming Events

Our Religious Education Summer Intensive will still take place this year but our annual Vacation Bible School will not occur until 2022.  Our “Taste of St. Edna” outdoor Fest on our parking lot (with a band, beer tent, games for the kids and plenty of food) will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021.  Our Fall Craft Fair is scheduled for October 23-24th.  SNACK Theater WILL take in the Spring of 2022. 

Parish Newsletter

We email a Parish ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER every Wednesday to all parishioners.  It’s free!  If you haven’t received it yet, it’s because we don’t have your current email address (or maybe it has gone into your junk/spam email).  Contact us so we can update our records and send you this wonderful form of communication.