RE-OPENING OUR CHURCH INFORMATION
PARISH BULLETIN – ONLINE GIVING – PRAYER INTENTIONS
DAILY MASS – TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION – My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
PRAY DURING THIS PENTECOST NOVENA
ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL MAY CROWNING 2020
MAY CROWNING COURT – Katie Karsky, Cara Finn, Samantha Laundrie, Maria Nomikos, Ethan Highfill, Jack Tadevich, John Walter, and Jack Whittingham – Crowning: Maggie hughes – Crowning Escort: Anthony Pagliero – St. Michael School Class of 2020 participated in a virtual May Crowning, led by Fr. Frank. Please pray with them to our Blessed Mother.
CONSECRATION TO MARY – MAY 2020
Use this Worship Aid to participate in the prayer shown in the video below.
UPDATE FROM FR. FRANK – MAY 26, 2020
Dear friends of St. Michael Parish:
On Friday, May 22, St. Michael Parish was certified by the Archdiocese of Chicago for Phase 1 and Phase 1A of the Archdiocesan Reopening Plan. We are one of first parishes to receive this certification.
Phase 1 allows us to open to celebrate Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals for groups of 10 or less while maintaining proper social distancing at all times. We have also been approved to open for Confessions.
Confessions will be heard this Saturday, May 30. The times will be posted here on this website, and on our parish Facebook page (St Michael Parish Orland Park), later this week. You will be told which doors you are to use. Strict social distancing is required, and you will be required to wear a mask that you must provide. For the health and safety of all, there will not be time for private prayer before or after you go to Confession. I ask that you prepare for Confession before you arrive at the Church. Per Archdiocesan directives, you will be asked to do your penance at home. This will allow for the flow of penitents and help maintain proper social distancing.
Phase 1A, for which we are also approved, permits us to open the Church for private prayer with a limit of 10 people at any one time. Again, strict social distancing is required and you will need to wear a mask that you must provide. Due to the guidelines and size restrictions, the Adoration Chapel and the Day Chapel will be closed. Times when the Church will be open will be posted on this parish website. We anticipate that many will want to come to pray before the Blessed Sacrament so there will be a time limit of twenty minutes per person (also directed by the Archdiocese). This is necessary to accommodate as many as possible. Only a few sections of the Church will be open and a greeter will escort you. This is necessary because once you exit, the space you occupied needs to be cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines before the next person can enter. This also is time consuming.
I understand that these conditions are not ideal and will be frustrating to some, but we thank God for small steps. We are in the beginning phases of a slow reopening so I ask for your patience. This is not easy for any of us. These protocols were developed to help ensure the health and safety of all.
Volunteers Needed – We will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. I ask all of you who are healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams:
- Set-up team – Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and physically propped open prior for attendees’ arrival/departure, etc.
- Greeting team – Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask and are reminded not to enter if ill, and directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.
- Cleaning team – Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided for these volunteers, if you do not have your own. We will also provide the approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.
The Reopening Leadership Team and I will make sure that all volunteers are properly trained. Please send us a message to email@example.com to indicate your willingness and ability to volunteer, noting your preferred team and the days of the week and times of the day that are best for you. This is a massive undertaking and many hands make light the work.
Just a reminder, at this time, there are No public Masses scheduled in the Archdiocese of Chicago. This includes weekend and daily Masses. We will continue to provide our Masses on this parish website. Cardinal Cupich has issued a dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. This dispensation is granted indefinitely — until it is safe to return to public worship.
Weekend and weekday Masses are posted on this homepage or in our YouTube Channel. I am aware that this is not an adequate substitute for being present and receiving Jesus in Holy Communion, however this is the best we can do until the shelter-in-place ban is lifted. I ask you to offer your sacrifice for the healing of those who are ill and the victims of the COVID-19 virus. We make this sacrifice for the common good as we have a responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Please check this website frequently as there are spiritual resources for you and your family. I invite you to send your prayer requests to us online. Your requests are remembered in our daily Masses.
I know that this is a time of fear and anxiety. Know that you are not alone. Although we cannot be physically together, we are united in God’s love and through our prayers.
We are so fortunate to have an appreciative and generous community. As we strive to bring the Church in so many new and different ways to you. I am grateful for your generous response during this difficult time. Thank you to those who have contributed electronically, to those that have mailed in their weekly donations and to those that are filling and putting aside their contribution envelopes to be placed into the collection basket when the shelter-in-place ban is lifted. We are truly blessed by your generosity and sacrifice.
If you have not done so, please consider giving online by CLICKING HERE. Our parish code is IL851 where you can make a contribution to our St. Michael parish family and keep the vital ministries and services we provide going. If you prefer to donate by check, you can mail your offering to St. Michael Parish, 14327 Highland Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois 60462. We have installed a drop-off box located on the North wall of the main entrance to the Church. It is a simple black box. You can also text “Donate” to 708-292-0433 and you will receive instructions by text.
I am aware that this is a time of financial uncertainty for many. Some may find themselves out of work or at a reduced wage. This is not a time to place yourself in financial risk. I ask that you pray for the parish. There is nothing more powerful than prayer.
I pray daily for you. I am confident that God will give us an abundance of grace during this time of trial. Do not be discouraged or anxious. Place your trust in Christ. Jesus will not leave us alone.
In the Risen and Ascended Lord,
Fr. Frank A. Kurucz – Pastor
THANK YOU – As part of a day focused on prayer, fasting, and charity as requested by Pope Francis, some of our Religious Education families dropped by our church entrance to donate some food and supplies needed for our parish St Vincent de Paul pantry – CLICK HERE to see pictures.