You have received a LOT of information recently. The following will answer many questions that we have been receiving and guide you with the Church re-opening plan.
Please click the buttons below regarding information about Mass being opened back up the public on a limited basis. Please take time to carefully read the information, as there are many components to making Mass available again. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing people soon!Video Message from Bishop MalloyVolunteers NeededFor those wishing to attend Mass
Due to the many restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the parish office had been closed. However, we are now able to be open for limited hours. The office will be open Monday thru Thursday 8am-12noon. If you come to the office, we ask that you please wear a mask. Thank you for your understanding.
Confessions will be heard Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-9:30am and Tuesdays from 6:00-6:30pm in a drive-thru format. Please drive through the back parking lot heading south toward the rectory. Fr. Romke will be there sitting on his back porch waiting to hear your confession. You simply drive up-no need to get out of your car!
Our John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is open at this time. Access to the chapel is available from 7am until 3:30pm, or by keypad entry all other hours of the day. (Call the parish office for the code.) We ask that visitors wear a mask, limit adorers to four at a time, and to please wipe down chairs after use.
We will be hosting "See Our Savior" (SOS) every Sunday from 9-9:30am. Fr. Romke will be just outside of the rectory with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance to give Eucharistic Blessings. We ask that to help things run smoothly, you drive heading South on Highland Ave, turn left into the parking lot and follow around to the rectory. Then after receiving your blessing, turn right on to 7th St. We are making every effort not to block traffic, and since 7th street can get busy, it works best to approach southbound on Highland. There will also be a Sunday Offering drop-box available as you drive through.
During this time of quarantine, we want to start forming small groups for people of the parish. We hope that these groups will form faith-based connections, that group members will become a support for one another, and that in turn it will help each member to find the Lord through each moment of the day. To sign up, just click the button below and it will take you to the electronic sign up form.SMALL GROUP SIGN UP
Bishop Malloy has issued multiple statments as the COVID-19 outbreak has developed since mid-March. Please feel free to click the button below to go to the Diocese of Rockford website where you can find all of his statements, the most recent being from April 9th.COVID-19 Statements from Bishop Malloy
We know that "attending" Mass virtually can be awkward and maybe even feel artificial. Look through this brochure to get some answers to commonly asked questions and to help you prepare and get more out of Mass at home. Even from our individual homes, we are all united in Christ.Mass at Home Brochure
Please consider supporting our Catholic School, St. Mary's, through the Empower Illinois tax-credit program. In 2017 Illinois enacted the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program. This program offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois. You as the donor can specify St. Mary School as the recipient of your donation, and in turn you are potentially giving a student the opportunity to attend our school who might not otherwise be able to do so. Click the button below to go the Empower Illinois website to learn more.EMPOWER ILLINOIS