Parish Notifications

04.05.20 Decree Dispensation

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Gilbert:

A blessed Palm Sunday to you all. As we begin Holy Week and prepare to once again celebrate the mysteries of our salvation, let us remain attentive to the will and power of God in our lives. Jesus remains close to us, and we to Him.

At this time, knowing that the most holy day of our Lord's Resurrection is soon approaching, we would like to direct your attention to this important decree, pronounced by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, to the People of God concerning our dispensation from the Easter obligation. Decree Dispensation from Easter Obligation (PDF)

You remain in our prayers,

Fr. John
Fr. Christian


03.30.20 New Principal for Saint Gilbert School

Dear Parishioners,

I’m delighted to announce that Kristine A. Buckley has been appointed Principal of Saint Gilbert School, effective July 1, 2020. She currently serves the School as Vice Principal and Director of the Learning Resource Center.

Mrs Buckley began her career at Saint Gilbert School in 2001, and taught history and economics to Junior High students for eighteen years. In 2017, she received the “Golden Apple” award from the State of Illinois for excellence in teaching Economics, and in 2018, was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor her achievements in Civic Engagement and Teaching.

From her many years of association with the School as leader and teacher, having also been a volunteer and parent of Saint Gilbert students, she brings an abundance of knowledge, experience and Rebel spirit to her new role as Principal. The School and Parish community joins in warmly congratulating Mrs Buckley and assuring her of our prayers and support as she prepares to lead the School into the future.

Fr John Chrzan


03.27.20 Donation for Masks Project

Dear Parishioners,

A parishioner contacted me about an excellent way for us to help our neighbor in this time of crisis. One of the teachers at Middle School in Gurnee is part of a family sewing machine business, Goldblatt Sewing Machines, 1511 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, and she has worked with Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for specific instructions on how to use their industrial sewing machines to make masks for adults and children. Goldblatt Sewing has everything they need, except extra material.

If you have any new or used, tightly-woven cotton and flannel (clothing, scarves, blankets and bedding) and you are willing to donate, please wash all of the materials in HOT water before placing the materials in clean plastic garbage or lawn bags in order to insure the safety of the sewers (the masks will undergo further cleaning once they are delivered to the hospital). Additionally, materials such as denim, canvas, flannel, twill, cotton or cotton-blend are also acceptable. However, NO POLYESTER is acceptable.

If you could kindly drop off plastic bags at the Rectory beginning tomorrow, March 28, 2020 from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and ending on Sunday, March 29, 2020, we will make certain the bags are driven to Chicago this coming Monday, March 30, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Beth Wagner by email at  Thank you for responding to this timely worthwhile initiative.

Thank you, all, for your generosity!

Father John



03.24.20 Announcement
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Gilbert,
We hope that you are doing well, and please be assured of our continued prayers. At this time, we would like to apprise you on the status of the Sacrament of RECONCILIATION. Given the current situation, and to remain consistent with the directives of state and local officials, we regretfully inform you that the Sacrament of RECONCILIATION is also SUSPENDED, effective immediately and until further notice.
Per the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, please note the following:

Given that our churches are closed and a stay-at-home order is in effect:

  • Individual confessions are currently Not possible; this includes virtual or phone confessions, which are never permissible, nor drive-thru confessions. Despite the good intentions around such novelty, we must attend to our underlying theological tradition of the sacrament, as well as support the stay-at-home order and its intended purpose – to keep people safe in their homes at this time.
  • In keeping with longstanding pastoral practice when penitents’ access to the sacrament is restricted, they can be assured that their sins are forgiven if they make an act of contrition with a firm resolve to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the stay-at-home order is lifted.
We understand that to be away from the Sacraments is incredibly difficult, but we also see the incredible importance (and necessity in these times) of keeping people safe and healthy. Again, to reiterate the Vicar General's remarks, please be assured that, in the interim, the Church supplies the grace and forgiveness that we seek -- for God looks into the heart.
Lastly, with respect to the Sacrament of ANOINTING, the Archdiocese has declared this to be an "essential service." Therefore, if there is a serious need for Anointing, please know that you can contact Fr. John or myself by calling the parish office and dialing our extension. We will respond to all Anointing calls while implementing the guidelines and safety precautions stipulated by the Archdiocese.
May God's peace and grace be with you,
Fr. John, Pastor
Fr. Christian, Associate



St. Gilbert Parishioners and Friends,

In light of the Governor's mandatory "stay-at-home" order for the State of Illinois, our chapel held Reconciliation and personal prayer opportunity scheduled for Saturday, 21 March, is CANCELLED.

In addition, while this order is in effect, per Archdiocesan MANDATE, ALL churches and adoration chapels MUST be CLOSED and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building MUST be DISCONTINUED until the order is lifted.

Though the Parish Offices must be closed during this time, if there is an EMERGENCY NEED for a SACRAMENT, please CALL the parish office number and you'll be able to contact the priests through their extension.

Let us continue to pray for each other.

Fr. John
Fr. Christian


Fri, 03/20/2020 11:05 AM

Dear Friends in Christ,

During this time of uncertainty and anxiety, I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. This crisis challenges us to act responsibly by following the social isolation guidelines while striving to stay close emotionally and spiritually to our families, our friends and our communities. Please join me in praying for those affected by COVID-19, as well as our first responders, health care workers and individuals who have lost income due to precautionary closures.

Times such as these highlight the need for the spiritual sustenance and community connectivity our Archdiocese parishes provide every member of our Catholic community. To protect the safety of our community, most pastoral services are currently being performed virtually. I invite you to visit our website,, for up-to-date information on televised liturgies and other resources.

It is critically important that our parishes and pastors receive the offertory support they need to remain operational and sustainable despite the suspension of weekly Masses. The Archdiocese has developed a universal online offertory page where the faithful can make an offertory donation to any parish in the Archdiocese. These donations will assist the parishes with ongoing expenses related to ministry, maintenance, staff and other pressing needs, that depend on regular offertory support from parishioners. Many of our parishes are suffering significant financial hardship during this challenging time. Your online support will make a critical difference.

Additionally, as we are sensitive to the financial hardship suffered by many in recent days, we have also launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This fund will support members of our community who have been negatively affected by the pandemic. For example, the fund will support parents of Catholic school students who might struggle with tuition payments because of unexpected job loss, ministries providing the needy with sustenance or parish communities deeply harmed by the pandemic. Our neighbors down the street and across the Archdiocese need our support at this critical moment. Your donation can help provide them with that support.

Please visit to support parish offertory, the Coronavirus Emergency Fund or both as your means allow. Your generosity is needed now more than ever.

Our Archdiocese community has always come together to support one another during times of need, and I ask you to do so again. Please continue to pray for each other, as I continue to pray for you.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Cardinal signature

Archbishop of Chicago


Clarification: Please know that the guidelines and restrictions on public liturgies and gatherings are inclusive of Easter Sunday and all liturgies after Easter until further notice.
Vicar General
Thu 3/19/2020 11:37 AM

This message is for all clergy and parish staff in the archdiocese.

The Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly, nor will we hold our annual Day of Reflection. Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops will celebrate the Mass in Holy Name Cathedral, which will be livestreamed for the benefit of the faithful to view in their homes.

Holy oils will not be distributed until the current health crisis is abated.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly in our parishes.

  • There are NOT to be any public celebrations, even outside including live Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
  • There are NOT to be any distribution of blessed palms; however, if a priest blesses palms privately, those palms may be reserved for distribution at a later date to be determined by the USCCB and/or Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • Easter sacraments for RCIA candidates and catechumens are to be postponed – guidance will be provided later on when they might be celebrated after this crisis subsides.
  • The Mass of the Lord’s Supper (without washing of the feet), the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops in Holy Name Cathedral without a congregation and will be livestreamed. If/when the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated privately in your parish, it is not to include the ritual of the washing of feet.
  • There should be no Communion services currently nor during Holy Week until we are cleared to return for public liturgies.
  • Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines by allowing no more than 10 people to gather together at one time inside or outside the church, practicing social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting of churches after use.

As you saw, updated guidelines about funerals and wakes were distributed and posted to IZZY on Wednesday, March 18. Please adhere to these, as well as the ongoing suspension of ALL public liturgies, which includes all Masses AND Communion services.

Again, these guidelines and all current liturgical guidance, in line with that of the CDC and competent authorities, in force during this time can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus/COVID-19 IZZY page. Please reference this page often to remain familiar with how best to serve the people of God during this pandemic.

On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, let us invoke his intercession for the virtue and guidance we all need to lead our parish families during this difficult time.

St. Joseph, Mirror of Patience and Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.


Bishop Ron Hicks


March 16, 2020
Effective immediately, WEDNESDAY Eucharistic Adoration at St. Gilbert has been SUSPENDED. Therefore, ALL regularly scheduled adorers are excused from their duties and commitments until normal Wednesday Adoration can resume.

However, until further notice, the St. Gilbert CHAPEL will be OPEN for personal, private prayer on WEDNESDAYS, from 12 PM to 6 PM. (The Blessed Sacrament will Not be exposed during this time.)

On SATURDAYS, until further notice, the Sacrament of RECONCILIATION will be available from 3 PM to 5 PM in the CHAPEL. During these hours, the Chapel will also be open for personal, private prayer.

On SUNDAYS, Mass will be LIVESTREAMED via our parish's Facebook page at 11 AM. As a reminder, one need not have a Facebook account to access and view our main page. #Pray


March 14,2020
Dear St. Gilbert Parishioners,
St. Gilbert is doing our best to support the health and well-being of our parishioners and visitors. At this time, and as you already know, all Liturgical Celebrations have been temporarily cancelled.
In an effort to stay connected with our parishioners, please consider joining us as we LIVE STREAM Sunday Mass, this Sunday at 11 AM on Facebook live.
Join us on Facebook, tomorrow, March 15th at 11 AM. Together we will pray for the health, safety and well-being of all our citizens world-wide.
We will continue to update our websites (both parish and school) and social media accounts with more information as it becomes available. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see the information posted to our page. Anyone can access our main page. For those without Facebook, our parish and school websites will include a link for people to view our Sunday 11 AM Mass on YOUTUBE after it has been uploaded.
Everyone can do their part as we continue to monitor this public health threat. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
God bless, Fr. John, Fr. Christian & the Staff of St. Gilbert Parish


Weekend Masses are suspended indefinitely but you are invited to join the St. Gilbert Community as we celebrate this week's Mass, Sunday, March 15th on the Parish Facebook page at 11am.



From: Vicar General <>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 10:39 AM
Subject: Suspension of Public Celebration of Mass; Temporary Closure of Archdiocesan Schools, Pastoral Center, Related Agencies

This message is for all clergy and staff in the archdiocese.

Based on current guidelines from local public health departments, which recommend the cancellation of public gatherings involving 250 or more people, Cardinal Cupich mandated the suspension until further notice of all liturgical services effective Saturday evening with the regularly scheduled weekend services. In addition, he has mandated the closing of schools operated by the archdiocese, and to close the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice.

“This was not a decision I made lightly,” said Cardinal Cupich. “The Eucharist is the source and summit of our life as Catholics. And our schools and agencies provide essential services to many thousands across Cook and Lake Counties. But, in consultation with leaders from across the archdiocese, for the sake of the safety of our students, parishioners, and all the women and men who serve the people of the archdiocese, it is clear that we must take the better part of caution in order to slow the spread of this pandemic.”

Parish and Sacramental Practice

By exception, weddings and funerals scheduled for Saturday, March 14 may proceed observing the guidelines issued by the Governor of Illinois, limiting participation to no more than 250.

While public Mass will be suspended beginning Saturday evening, March 14, archdiocesan churches should remain open for private prayer during a timeframe best determined by each pastor. To achieve this, the archdiocese has asked pastors to coordinate limited staff presence in parishes to answer calls and perform routine maintenance with a heightened focus on disinfecting all areas of common use.

We encourage priests to celebrate Mass privately for the good of the People of God, the church and the intentions of the day.

Televised and online Masses provide opportunities for the faithful to remain connected in some way to the Sacrifice of the Mass during this difficult time. Parishes with the potential to broadcast their own Masses should do so.

Additional guidance will be forthcoming from the Office of the Vicar General on the administration and celebration of other sacraments.


The decision to temporarily close our schools, beginning Monday, March 16, applies to all Catholic schools that are operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Catholic schools not operated by the archdiocese, such as those sponsored by religious orders, will make decisions individually.

During this closure period, Catholic school students will be asked to complete academic work through electronic learning (“e-learning”) or alternative learning.

Knowing that many families and students of our Catholic schools depend on the daily services we provide, the Office of Catholic Schools and archdiocesan leadership are working to coordinate extended support to those families and students most in need during this time. More information will be shared in the coming days.

Pastoral Center and Agencies

Pastoral Center and school staff are expected to work from home, beginning Monday, March 16. With guidance that will be forthcoming, staffing at parishes will be determined at the discretion of the pastor. All employees will continue to be paid during this period. Effective immediately and until further notice, all work-related travel is prohibited.

Our agencies that serve the poor and vulnerable will be making separate announcements about their continuing operation.

“In this time of legitimate concern for the safety of ourselves, our loved ones and those at the margins of society, we must hold fast to the knowledge that the impulses that come from God bring courage, consolation, generosity and solidarity,” said Cardinal Cupich. “Instead of allowing this moment to trap us in fear, we must find unity in advancing all that is good in our common humanity. This means staying spiritually and emotionally close to one another, in our families, our friendships and our communities. It means helping where possible and safe. It means checking on the vulnerable. It means being responsible about hygiene. This is a time to be gentle with one another. For Christians, it is a time to reflect on how Jesus made those struggling with illness a priority. It is also a time to be surprised by the blessings that come from being part of the same family —the human family.”

The archdiocese will provide detailed instructions to its pastors and school leaders and will share updates on an ongoing basis.
Bishop Ron Hicks
Vicar General


03.12.20 Parish Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Saint Gilbert Parish is closely watching developments concerning cases of Coronavirus infection in our greater area. At the moment there is one confirmed case of the virus in Lake County and a total of 25 cases throughout Illinois, a total of 6 cases in Wisconsin.

While public health officials agree that cases of Coronavirus infection will continue surfacing, we don’t feel it necessary at this point to curtail or postpone any scheduled parish events such as Alpha this evening (Thursday), the Knights of Columbus Fryday Fish Fry tomorrow evening, Religious Education activities, or any Masses this weekend. However, that could change depending on advice and direction received from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Saint Gilbert School is publishing a separate notice updating School families on the latest health developments and how they might impact School activities.

We will keep you informed through our parish electronic media. For detailed Coronavirus information including steps to protect yourself from the virus and how to prevent it from spreading in communities, please check the Illinois Department of Public Health website at

Let’s please remember in our prayer intentions all those afflicted with Coronavirus, for their full recovery, and for family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals caring for them. Also, remember to frequently and carefully wash your hands!
 Fr. John Chrzan, pastor