PARISH UPDATES
SAINT GILBERT PARISH REOPENING PLAN

Dear Saint Gilbert Parish Family:


In keeping with our Lord’s command to “love one another as I have loved you”, we wanted to help you protect yourself during these trying times by making sure you had the information about how to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

You can “Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine” at: http://allvax.lakecohealth.org to create an account for you and for your entire household. 

 

We are praying for your health and safety!


Fr. John and Fr. Christian   

Important Notice: Be assured that neither Fr. John nor any member of our staff will ever contact parishioners or ministry leaders by personal e-mail OR text to request monetary assistance. Please report any such activity as PHISHING/SPAM to http://consumer.ftc.gov.

June 10, 2021

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

 

I’m very pleased to deliver news we’ve been waiting many long pandemic months to receive: Restore Illinois is moving into Phase 5 of reopening which means all COVID related restrictions placed on parishes and schools in the archdiocese are lifted, effective immediately. Normal activities can resume at our parish and school without hindrance or reservation. Following are some details regarding reopening at St Gilbert.

 

Capacity

- All capacity restrictions are lifted.
- Masses, liturgies, sacramental celebrations, parish and school events and all offices may resume 100% capacity.
 

Physical Distancing

- Physical distancing is NOT required for vaccinated persons.
- Physical distancing is recommended by public health authorities, when possible, for unvaccinated persons if conditions allow up to 6 feet of separation.
 

Masks

- Masks are NOT required for vaccinated persons.
- Masks are recommended by public health authorities for unvaccinated persons indoors.

 

Hand Sanitizing
- Hand sanitizer should remain readily available in churches, schools and offices.
 

Masses and Liturgies
- All forms of sacramental and liturgical ministry may resume normal practice.
- Reservations and registration are no longer required.
- Proof of vaccination is not required for attendance at any liturgies or services.
- Holy Water fonts may be filled and used.
- Ushers may resume their pre-pandemic routine; registration greeters can be redirected to support the hospitality team in welcoming everyone returning to in-person worship and into the parish community.
- Choirs, congregational singing, spoken responses, use of songbooks and worship materials may be fully resumed.
- The Sign of Peace may be restored.
- Receiving Holy Communion in the hand no longer requires extra hand sanitizing on the part of the Communicant.
- Receiving Holy Communion from the cup remains suspended at this time. The archdiocese will communicate when sharing of the cup may resume.
 

Social Gatherings
- All social gatherings may resume while incorporating the guidance on masks and physical distancing noted above.


We are most grateful to our staff and all the faithful volunteers who worked hard to create an environment in the church, school and chapel that’s clean and sanitary, for everyone’s protection. Thanks for all you’ve done!

 

Now it’s time to welcome all our parishioners, friends and guests back to weekend Mass and other parish and school activities, after a long time away. We’ve certainly missed you and have been praying for you, and are delighted to see so many already returning. You can feel safe and confident coming to church or chapel for in-person Masses and services; however for those who aren’t able to join us we’ll continue live-streaming weekend and daily Masses and other liturgies from both church and chapel, on our YouTube and Facebook Live channels. This is thanks to the efforts and expertise of our Deacons Tom and Brian and their collaborators.

 

Thank you for your ongoing gracious and prayerful support of the ministries and mission of St Gilbert Parish, and enjoy a safe and restful summer.

 

Peace of Christ,

 

Fr John Chrzan, Fr Christian Shiu & Fr Gus Belauskas

 

 

June 9, 2021

 

IN-PERSON MASS ATTENDANCE INFORMATION FROM OUR RE-OPENING PARISH LEADERSHIP TEAM:

Attendance at ALL WEEKEND Masses in the Church NO LONGER REQUIRES A RESERVATION!

 

THANK YOU to everyone for your cooperation as we navigated the necessary steps to help ensure the safety and well-being of all attending Saint Gilbert liturgies during this past year.

 

 

June 3, 2021

 

Registration is REQUIRED to Attend Mass - (Saturday, June 5th & Sunday, June 6th)

Attendees are required to register to ensure proper management of parishioner attendance; this will benefit both parishioners as an assurance of their ability to participate, as well as volunteers and their ability to anticipate attendance.

Parishioner Guidelines

Please click on the link below to register, and after registering please remember to PRINT your confirmation which is to be presented to the usher upon entry.  In lieu of the printed reservation, one may display the confirmation via their smartphone at the door. 

Weekend Mass Reservation Sign-Up

July 6, 2020

Parish Announcement: This Week's Liturgical Schedule (07 JULY - 12 JULY)

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

 

Please note St. Gilbert's liturgical schedule for the week of July 7th - July 12th:

 

Our Reopening Leadership Team has more good news to announce. Effective TUESDAY, July 7th, our Church will be open for Daily Mass. Going forward, the Daily Mass schedule will be 8 AM in the Church, Monday through Saturday. NO reservations are needed for Daily Mass. However, for contact tracing purposes, ALL ATTENDEES will be required to sign in upon entering. In addition, NO Devotions are permitted upon the conclusion of Mass. We ask that all daily Mass goers exit right after Mass so that proper disinfecting can begin.

 

[ALL Liturgical Services are in the CHURCH.]

 

Daily Masses 

Monday - Saturday | 8:00 AM | CHURCH (Sign-in at the Door Required) 

Weekday Masses will also be simultaneously LIVESTREAMED on Facebook, with attendees present.

 

Adoration (Simple Exposition and BENEDICTION at 7:50 PM)

Wednesday, July 8th | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

Confessions

Saturday, July 11th | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Weekend Masses (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Saturday, July 11th | 5:00 PM in the Church [Celebrant: Fr. GUS]

Sunday, July 12th | 9:00 AM in the Church [Celebrant: Fr. JOHN]

Sunday, July 12th | 11:00 AM in the Church [Celebrant: Fr. CHRISTIAN] (This Mass will also be simultaneously LIVESTREAMED on Facebook, with attendees present.)

Attendance at ALL WEEKEND Masses in the Church REQUIRES A RESERVATION.  The Registration Link for WEEKEND Masses will be made available on our websites and social media pages on THURSDAY MORNING (July 9th).  The attendance cap for each Mass continues to be about 20 percent of our maximum seating capacity.  

 

All safety policies and procedures still apply.  Please also apprise yourself of these parishioner guidelines from the Archdiocese of Chicago:

Parishioner Guidelines

Have a blessed week,

St. Gilbert Reopening Leadership Team 

June 6, 2020

ST. GILBERT’S Transitioning into PHASE 2 of our CHURCH REOPENING. . .

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. GIlbert:  

 

Great news! The Archdiocese of Chicago has approved and certified St. Gilbert Catholic Church to begin Phase 2 of the reopening plan, which allows for the resumption of modified public Masses and increased attendance for baptisms, weddings, funerals, private prayer and Eucharistic adoration.  We are working hard to ensure compliance with the policies and procedures that have been put into place by the Archdiocese -- all which are designed to promote the safest experience possible.  

What does this mean?

 

A modified Sunday Mass schedule will begin June 6-7 with the following Archdiocese of Chicago guidelines:

 

• For Masses on June 6-7, no more than 50 attendees may attend each Mass.

 

This recommendation is made by the Archdiocese so that our reopening task force team and volunteers can gain critical experience in managing and keeping safe larger numbers of people, as well as accomplishing cleaning and disinfecting between Masses. This further gives practice at managing the flow of parishioners coming and going between Masses while observing social distancing.

Registration is REQUIRED to Attend Mass

 

Attendees are required to register to ensure proper management of parishioner attendance; this will benefit both parishioners as an assurance of their ability to participate, as well as volunteers and their ability to anticipate attendance.

Please click on the link below to register, and after registering please remember to PRINT your confirmation which is to be presented to the usher upon entry.  In lieu of the printed reservation, one may display the confirmation via their smartphone at the door.  

Mass Reservation Sign-Up

Liturgical Schedule for the Weekend of June 6th and 7th:

 

CONFESSIONS:

 

Saturday: 4 - 5 PM (Church)

 

WEEKEND MASSES:

 

Saturday: 5 PM (Church)

 

Sunday: 9 AM (Church); 11 AM (Church) & 11 AM (Chapel - livestreaming only, no attendees)

 

NOTE:

For those who are not able to attend Mass in person, we will continue to livestream SUNDAY MASS from the Chapel at 11 AM on our parish’s FACEBOOK page.  This will continue every Sunday and have NO attendees.  
 

Phase 2 Guidelines & Procedures:

 

We want you to be aware of the Phase 2 policies and procedures that are in place.  We also ask that you comply with all Archdiocesan guidelines as well as the directions given by our ushers and staff members.  These measures have been implemented for your safety and for the safety of our entire community.

 

IMPORTANT Information -- here’s what to expect:

Anyone above the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions are advised to stay at home and participate through livestreamed Masses.

Dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues.

Seated outdoor Masses are not permissible at this time.

Only one entrance will be open → ALL Attendees MUST ENTER through the Main Entrance of the Church (Rt. 120, under the canopy)

The pews will be marked for appropriate spacing and seating.  Please follow the directions of the ushers and sit where there is a designated blue tape marking.  

Certified, trained greeters will verify that you are wearing a mask.

Certified greeters will escort you to a designated area in the church.

There will be no worship aids or bulletins in church.

 

PLEASE ALSO click on the below link to VIEW a WORSHIPPER’S REOPENING GUIDE.  Additional helpful information is provided in this electronic pamphlet, including what to expect for a modified distribution of Communion.  

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-SlskiNZJrW309pOiIEsQlysDyv9f84v
 

AND FINALLY … 

Volunteers Are Needed to Reopen the Church!

 

If you would like to help volunteer with the reopening of the church and are between the ages of 18-65 and have no underlying health conditions, please contact Fr. Christian Shiu at:  cshiu@stgilbert.org
 

Mass USHER/Greeter Duties include:

 

Warmly Welcome/Greet Parishioners and attendees at the Church door.

Remind attendees of the guidelines that are posted (i.e. Sanitize your hands, Maintain Social Distance of 6 feet apart and Wear Masks)

Ensure everyone is wearing a face covering at all times while in the Church 

Remind all attendees that they must sanitize their hands.  

Escort Mass attendees to their pews. 

Provide support/logistics for parishioners during the celebration of the Mass or service

Provide support/logistics for parishioners after the celebration of the Mass or service

June 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Gilbert:

We are happy to announce this week's schedule for Adoration and Reconciliation:

Adoration (Simple Exposition and Reposition only):

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 5PM to 8PM in the Church

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 5PM to 8PM in the Church

 

Reconciliation:

 

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 4PM to 5PM in the Church 

As with our opening day of prayer and confessions, all safety guidelines continue to be in effect. A maximum occupancy of 10 people (excluding ministers and greeters) is permitted in the Church at one time. In addition, everyone entering the Church must wear a face covering. Entry continues to be the main entrance (Route 120, under the canopy) ONLY.  

Furthermore, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you more good news. Today, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced its transition into PHASE II of reopening. Phase II of reopening allows parishes to apply for authorization to celebrate weekend and weekday public Masses, and with a higher maximum occupancy.

At this time, St. Gilbert Parish is mobilizing its resources and implementing the necessary steps to attain certification and approval for the activation of Phase II. As developments become available, we will notify you.  Please continue to consult our parish and school websites and social media outlets for the latest information.  

As we move forward with eager anticipation in the safe reopening of our churches, let us keep each other in prayer. Let us also pray for peace in our country, in our cities, and in our neighborhoods.  

 

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

St. Gilbert Reopening Leadership Team

May 28, 2020

We have great news to announce! St. Gilbert Parish has now received certification from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Therefore, effective immediately, we have been granted permission to activate Archdiocesan Reopening Plan Phase 1 and 1A. For more information about the Plan, and to review what is allowed under Phase 1 and 1A, please visit: https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening

Having been certified, St. Gilbert Parish will reopen on Saturday, May 30, 2020 for Adoration and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please note the following details:

ENTRY:
The main entrance of the Church (under the canopy, Route 120 side) will serve as the sole entry point. Occupancy at any given time within the church building will be limited to 10 people -- not including ministers such as ushers.  Everyone must also maintain a social distance of 6 feet and wear a face covering.

Hours of Adoration and Confession:

Silent Adoration and Prayer:  from 12PM to 6PM (in the Church)
All are asked to visit for no longer than 20 minutes, per Archdiocesan protocol.

Confessions:  from 3PM to 5PM (in the Church)
Fr. John, Fr. Christian and Fr. Gus will be available during this time.

Please know that this opportunity is possible through the institution of the social distancing guidelines developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with all necessary government agencies, including the CDC. It is also made possible through the volunteer teams that have been assembled and trained for the purpose of keeping our environment and the people in it as safe as possible.

Of course, we ask that if you are feeling ill, have been exposed to someone with COVID 19 in the past 14 days, or have underlying conditions that might make you more vulnerable at this early stage, please stay home until you are well and able to visit.

The pastoral staff at Saint Gilbert is keeping all of you in prayer as we move forward together. We will keep you informed as more opportunities become possible, including a fixed schedule for when personal prayer and Reconciliation will be available on a weekly basis. Updates will continue to be posted on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms.

For helpful resources (e.g., safety procedures, sacramental guidelines) and to stay up-to-date with Archdiocesan reopening news, please visit: https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening-training

Sincerely yours in Christ,
St. Gilbert Reopening Leadership Team

May 21, 2020

Dear People of Saint Gilbert’s,


Following is an update on our parish response to COVID 19 and the announcement of re-opening phases by Cardinal Blase Cupich earlier this month.

 

(Please visit https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening for the Cardinal’s letter, Executive Summary and Multi-Phased Plan for Opening Churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago)

Re-Opening of the St. Gilbert Business Office and St. Gilbert Church for Masses and Participation in the Sacramental Life of the Church for the Catholic Diocese of Chicago:

 

Re-Opening of the St. Gilbert Business Office:

 

Once the State of Illinois allows our Business Office to reopen the following days and times will remain in effect until the new school year begins:

The hours will be:  

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  8:30AM until 3:00PM

Thursday 8:30AM until 6:00PM

Closed, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

 

If you wish to reach out to our staff during times of closure, please call (847) 223-4731 and leave a message and someone will respond to you. 

 

If you wish to reach Fr. John Chrzan, please email him at:  pastor@stgilbert.org

 

If you wish to reach Fr. Christian Shiu, please email him at:  cshiu@stgilbert.org

The re-opening of our Church for Masses and other activities will be a bit more complex:

 

This will be handled in a phase by phase manner. Everything possible will be done to provide people the solace of the Church's sacramental life in a timely and reasonable way as well as following the guidelines from the CDC.

 

Phase I, when allowed by the state, will allow parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees. During Phase I, parishes WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to offer either daily or Sunday Mass, EVEN WITH 10 OR FEWER ATTENDEES. The resumption of public Mass, regardless of the number of attendees will be determined by the Archdiocese of Chicago in accordance with input from state and local government officials.  

Phase IA, allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees. 

Phase II, will allow for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the Church or Chapel buildings.  

 

We will keep you informed as our parish moves along the phase by phase re-opening procedure.

We will reach out to all our families who have been waiting for news on sacrament scheduling as soon as we possibly can. Thank you for your continued support of Saint Gilbert Church in this unprecedented time. Let’s
continue to keep each other in prayer! #StGilbertStrong

 

Peace,
Fr. John