Aug. 27, 2021 - From the Diocese of Joliet
Updated COVID-19 Guidance Per Governor’s Statewide Mask Mandate
Gov. J.B. Pritzker yesterday (Aug. 26, 2021) issued Executive Order 2021-20, which calls for all Illinois
residents age two or older to wear a mask while in an indoor public space, effective Mon., Aug. 30.
Attendees at Mass and other indoor liturgical celebrations and events will be required to wear a mask,
beginning Mon., Aug. 30. All parish and Blanchette Catholic Center employees also must wear a mask in
the office when in contact with others. When employees are in their separate workspaces that allow for
a distance of at least six feet from others, the mask may be removed.
The executive order also contains directives requiring all public and nonpublic school teachers, staff and
volunteers to receive at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days of the order, and to be
fully vaccinated within 30 days of the first dose. Those individuals not fully vaccinated within that time
frame will be required to undergo at least weekly COVID-19 testing.
We are studying the vaccination order regarding school personnel and will provide clarity as soon as
possible, along with other COVID-19 guidance updates in response to your questions.
We appreciate and thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.
August 21, 2021
Once again I must share that the Diocese of Joliet has produced an update in its Covid-19 Protocol. As positive cases have been on the rise, a new ‘Delta Variant’ has also caused a great deal of concern.
A full list of Covid-19 protocol can be found here: (Just Click on the August 19 Update) https://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/bishop/content1.php?secid=74
While I encourage you to read the full list, I will share with you the points that are most pertinent and/or mark a change from previous protocol.
- Face coverings/masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all who attend Mass, whether vaccinated or not.
- Vaccinations are strongly recommended for all ministers, especially all who serve at the altar.
- Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are required to wear masks while giving Communion and to continue using hand sanitizer.
- Congregational Singing is not allowed.
- Communion on the hand is still the preferred option. Those who receive on the tongue may still receive on the tongue if they insist, but it will still require the Communion Minister to sanitize their hands after each communicant.
- Of all the 21 points – most of all which are still in place – the last one states: “A pastor may choose to take more restrictive measures than those listed here, but he may not take less restrictive measures.”
I believe that the most prudent step at this time is to remain consistent with the standards set by the Diocese of Joliet. I do not believe there is a need to take more restrictive measures, unless local officials would provide good reason for me to do so.
Let us look at the masking recommendation not so much as another burden placed on us, but as an act of charity. As I continue to hope and pray for a day when Covid-19 no longer affects our daily life, we too must combine our prayer with our human efforts and take the measures that will bring an end to the spread of this virus.
Adored and Loved be Jesus,