We are excited to announce that we will be reopening the church for Mass and the reception of several of the sacraments beginning Monday, July 6, 2020 (with capacity limitations). The Ministry Center offices, as well as the offices at St. James School and Religious Education will also reopen the week of July 6th.
For those who are ready to return for public worship, the Bishops of Illinois have worked diligently to create a plan to reopen Catholic Churches for Mass and Sacraments during this time of a pandemic to ensure the health and safety of all parishioners, staff and volunteers. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the directives the parish, parishioners and guests must adhere to in order to gather together*
Please Note: Pre-registration is required for all Masses, Reconciliations and all Sacramental Celebrations. For more information on how to pre-register, visit our webpage: How to Pre-register for Mass and Sacramental Celebrations
The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place indefinitely. We will continue to offer Sunday Masses and Holy Day Masses online for those who want to stay home for worship. The link to these Masses may be found in the header of our webpage each week. The link is also sent on Fridays through a Flocknote Email. (If you want to sign up to receive Flocknote Emails, visit StJamestheApostleGE or text Stjamesge to 84576).
MODIFIED MASS SCHEDULE
Beginning on Monday, July 6th, 2020 we will reopen for daily and weekend Masses for pre-registered participants with the following schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 8:00 A.M.
Saturday at 4:00 P.M.
Sunday at 9:00 A.M.
*We plan to expand to an 11:00 A.M. Mass on Sundays once our volunteer base increases.
Masses can begin ONLY WHEN all parties present are seated and in compliance with all safety measures.
MODIFIED RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE
Beginning on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 we will reopen for the Sacrament of Reconciliation only for pre-registered participants with the following schedule:
Saturday from 2:30 – 3:15 P.M. in 5 minute appts.
2:30, 2:35, 2:40, 2:45, 2:50, 2:55, 3, 3:05 & 3:10 P.M.
If additional time is necessary, please contact Fr. David to schedule an appointment for a different time.
*Parishioner Risk Assumption: While the parish will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space, since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!