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PENTECOST SUNDAY MASS – MAY 31, 2020


WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ST. RITA’S RE-OPENING – MAY 29, 2020

This week, St. Rita received from the Archdiocese of Chicago the certification to open the Phase 1 of the Re-Opening Process.

Remember, Phase 1 is for confessions and infant baptisms, funerals, and weddings of 10 people or less. For the moment, the church is NOT open for Masses, private prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament or for parish groups. As we have said before, we will proceed with caution with every step.

Our first event will be Confessions on Saturday, May 30 from 11 am to 12 pm. We will have time to listen to about 30-40 confession, so if you come and see a line outside, you may have to wait until the following Saturday.

Soon, we will have a video to explain the directives and mandates in order to participate in the events and celebrations we will have. The church looks different, so please remember to observe the guidelines and follow the greeters’ instructions and be patient with the volunteers and others attending.

On the day of Pentecost, the apostles received the fire of the Holy Spirit to inflame their hearts with love and the desire to evangelize. Please be patient and be careful during this process so that we celebrate the gift of life without risk.

Thank you – and COME Holy Spirit!

  • The Church will be open from 11 am ‐ 12 pm this Saturday, May 30, for Confessions ONLY (no private prayer).
  • You do NOT need an appointment, but the number of people able to Confess will be limited to 30‐40 people total (there will be 3 priests and tickets/numbers will be issued upon arrival).
  • Only 10 people will be allowed inside at any time. Others will have to wait outside until it is their turn.
  • You may enter ONLY through the middle doors on Fairfield Ave. where a greeter will explain more.
  • You must wear a mask at all times inside the church.
  • You must leave immediately after your confession to allow someone else to enter.
  • You may exit ONLY through the middle doors of Washtenaw Ave.
  • Individual baptisms and weddings and funerals with 10 or fewer participants will be allowed starting this week.
  • The church will NOT be open for any private prayer or Adoration until further notice and there will be NO Sunday or Daily Mass.
  • We will keep you informed as things continue to develop.
  • We look forward to welcoming you back!

ATTENTION – While our office is still not open, for any important business or emergency, you may call the office at 773-434-9600 and leave a message. We check messages daily. You may also email us at sritaparish@gmail.com. Email is checked several times a day.


CAN YOU HELP ST. RITA FEED THE HUNGRY DURING THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC?

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE (GIVECENTRAL)

100% of what you give will go towards the purchase of food.
Thank you for your support!

Watch the video below to see the Augustinians and Volunteers give Food to over 500 Families on Sunday, May 17.




WE DEPEND ON YOUR SUPPORT

We know that these are difficult times for everyone and that money is scarce in many families in our community, especially for those who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut due to the pandemic. We are at your service to accompany and guide you looking for accessible resources to alleviate this extreme situation. Do not hesitate to call us. We will assist you with all the information at our disposal.  Just because we need to practice “social distancing” does not mean we are isolated from each other. Please reach out to us. We are here for you.

We also want to thank those of you who have signed up and given electronically during these past weeks or have been mailing in or bringing your envelopes. To the best of what you are able, we ask that you help us with your little bit that will allow us to continue serving the parish community during this difficult time. CLICK HERE to donate electronically through Give Central. It is safe and secure to use it. You can create a profile, or donate as a “guest.” Further, you can donate one time or sign up to donate automatically every week. Or, if you prefer, you can mail your collection envelope with a check or with this PDF Form to the rectory (Do not mail cash). You can also call Jenny to help you sign up to give electronically.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

St. Rita of Cascia is a parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago, founded in 1905 by the Augustinian Order, who still administer the parish.

We are located at 6243 S. Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, IL 60629. You can reach us at 773-434-9600 (Tel), 773-434-9668 (Fax) or sritaparish@gmail.com (Email).

As a Parish Community we rejoice that you are joining us in our journey of Faith. We invite you to become involved in the spiritual life of our Parish through your presence at Mass and your participation in the many ministries and activities we offer.

Please know that we are here to offer you our support and prayers in all the joys, sorrows and struggles that will touch your life. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate calling our parish office. We will be happy to serve you in any way possible.

May the peace of God bless you and the intercession of St. Augustine and St. Rita of Cascia continue to bless us all.

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Yours truly,
Rev. Homero Sanchez, OSA
Pastor – St. Rita of Cascia