Friday of the 7th Week of Easter Gospel and Reflection from Father Rafal
Parish Reopening Update and Call for Volunteers
We are excited to announce we are beginning the processes of reopening the parish with the help and guidelines from the Diocese of Joliet. (Once again, you can read up on those processes and procedures here.) As of now, this reopening will be for Phase 1 and 1A of the Diocesan Plan - which includes Sacraments (i.e. Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Confessions) as well as public prayer with only ten (10) persons in attendance at a time. We hope in the next few weeks, we will be able to reopen for daily/Sunday Masses and Celebrations of the Eucharist.
The reopening processes and procedures are very specific and require a focused approach to ensure the safety of our parishioners, volunteers, laity and clergy. First and foremost it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and well-being of all while maintaining due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.
We will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. All parishioners between the ages of 16 and 60 who are healthy with no underlying health conditions are called upon to volunteer. This includes high school students, college students, as well as young adults are encouraged to serve and volunteer for teams.
If you are part of the “vulnerable population” (i.e. over 60 or have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, lung disease, undergoing cancer treatment, etc.) we ask that your support our efforts with prayer.
The Reopening Leadership Team will provide training and guidelines to all volunteers. There are three teams for which you can volunteer:
1) Set Up Team: Prepare church and vestibule with proper stock of necessary materials and maintain a safe environment in the church building. Tasks may include removing bulletins/hymnals from church, ensuring open doors and touchless movement, stocking hand sanitizer, etc.
2) Greeting Team: Assist in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the Church or Chapel, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.
3) Cleaning Team: Maintain and clean essential and trafficked areas of the Church or Chapel before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided if you do not have your own, in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.
Please email the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer and list your preference of team (if any.) All volunteers will be required to participate in webinars for training and will be divided up into the three teams for scheduling. We are all eager to once again have access to our beautiful Church and, most especially, all of the Sacraments. Obtaining sufficient volunteers is critical to the reopening of our church for Reconciliation, Baptisms, private prayer, and eventually Mass. Prayerfully consider stepping up if you are able - we need all hands on deck to reopen our church!
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish is under the administration of the Congregation of the Resurrection.
Committed to living out the endless love of the Trinity, we are a welcoming, faith-sharing Catholic family of believers,
centered on the Holy Eucharist as the source of our life in Christ.
Visit the Parish's WeShare event site by clicking here and sign up to "Light a Candle for the Cure" of the COVID-19/coronavirus in our country and world. Each candle offering will be $5 and can be offered for the general cure of the virus or for a specific intention. Fr. Rafal will physically light these candles every day and will offer these intentions up during his daily private Masses. Candles will burn for three days and you can purchase as many as you like .You can also specify for a note to be sent to your intention so they know we are praying for them!