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Parish Reopening Information

Update – November 12, 2022

UPDATE – February 10, 2022

The COVID Task Force and Archdiocese of Chicago leadership have continued to assess the evolving situation regarding mask requirements at the state and local levels, declining infection rates in many of our communities, and guidance from health departments. In light of this progress, we have been informed we can move to a mask-optional environment in our church.

JUNE 2021

  • Social distancing is no longer required and the ropes which separate our pews have been removed. As a result, you will no longer need to be pre-registered prior to Mass and you will be free to seat yourself when you arrive in church. We are going to be reserving the section of seats adjacent to the St. Joseph Shrine for those people who would be more comfortable wearing masks and being socially distant from each other. I would ask that all people who sit in that section be respectful of that. Not everyone is comfortable yet returning to pre-pandemic norms. I want everyone to feel welcome to worship at St. Theresa.

I have no idea when the Archdiocese will authorize parishes to return to offering the Eucharist via the reception of the Precious Blood. I wouldn’t be surprised if it may be several months before that will happen again.

With the opening-up of churches once again, I would imagine that Cardinal Cupich will re-instate the requirement that all Catholics must attend weekly Mass once again to avoid committing a mortal sin.

We continue to livestream our daily Masses at 6:30 am and our Sunday Mass at 10:00 am for those who cannot attend Mass in person.

Confessions have returned to the confessionals each Saturday from 12:00 – 1:30 pm and the portable confessional screens will no longer be required. However, for the time being, we will not be offering confession in the face-to-face option.

I would like to conclude by thanking the Parish Pastoral Staff, our COVID-19 Leadership Team and our volunteers who have done so much work during the pandemic to keep our parish open and safe for the people who have come. Words cannot express my gratitude!

May God bless you all.


Fr. Tim

The time has officially come to welcome you back home!

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