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.   

If you are at risk because of age or an underlying health condition or live with someone who is, it is reasonable for you to remain home. 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).

The following directives are required of all who attend a public Mass or sacramental celebration:

Pre-registration will be done either electronically via a link we will post on our website and send through Flocknote weekly to those signed up to receive them. Registration for those attending baptisms, funerals and weddings will be sent via email. A percentage of seating capacity will be reserved for phone-in registration. Attendees with a handicap plaque, mobility issues or special needs are asked to register by phone so that we may anticipate your unique needs. 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

Freedom from sickness. Anyone who is sick or exhibits flu-like symptoms should not attend. Likewise, anyone who has been exposed to someone exhibiting these symptoms in the past 14 days should stay home.

Social Distancing must be maintained by all participants by following the directives of the Reopening Greeters & Ushers when in our facilities at the time of arrival, seating, communion and dismissal.

Face Coverings must be worn for the duration of the celebration by anyone over the age of 2.

Check-In will be required upon arrival and only pre-registered participants will be admitted.

Hand Sanitizing will be required after check-in, before Communion and after visiting the washroom. Participants are encouraged to use the washroom before leaving home.

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 who desire to return to public worship. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the directives the parish, parishioners and guests must adhere to in order to gather together for public worship.*

*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 reopen@stjamesge.org  Thank you!