ATTENTION – IMPORTANT!
OCTOBER SUNDAY MASSES CANCELLED!
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
After a deep discernment in prayer and in a conscientious way, we have decided to cancel the two upcoming Sunday Masses in the Parish of St. Rita. There will be no public mass this Sunday, October 18 and Sunday, October 25.
After analyzing the alarming statistics of our postal zone 60629 and 60632, we have realized we are the one area most affected by the Covid 19 virus. We have also noticed that little by little we are neglecting preventive measures of contagion and prevention, such as the proper use of masks, social distancing, constant hand washing, not leaving home if feeling ill, not having unnecessary social gatherings, vaccinating against the flu, etc.
We know that our life cannot stop because of a lethal virus like this one, however, that does not mean that we should forget that it exists. This is a wake up call for us to regain our protection measures against the virus. Together we can prevent the contagion and the spread of the virus. Let us take care of ourselves and our loved ones, especially our most vulnerable population.
The statistics of the city tell us that in the 60629 and 60632 zip codes, there are 55 cases per 1000 habitants, and more than 5500 cases for each zip code. This means that between the territory of the Church of St. Rita and St. Clare, there are more than 10,100 cases of coronavirus, 112 cases for every 2000 people. This is very alarming.
The Parish’s invitation is to take care of this virus that can be lethal if we neglect our care. Here at St. Rita Parish, we love you very much brothers and sisters, and we want to make you aware of the difficult task of taking care of this virus. We know that covering our mouth and nose is uncomfortable, that we don’t like being six feet apart, that we forget to wash our hands, that we need hugs from our loved ones and our friends, but if we don’t take care of ourselves, we will never be able to hug each other again.
We are very content with everything we serve at St. Rita and St. Clare Church. We are one of the few parishes in Chicago that is offering all the sacraments. We also know that it is our responsibility to remind you the importance of taking care of ourselves to avoid the contagion and spread of coronavirus. Let’s take precautions now, so that we can celebrate our most important holidays together.
This is why we have decided to cancel our Sunday Masses for these next two Sundays, October 18 and 25. Both masses will be broadcast via our website and Facebook LIVE. Our offices will remain open and daily masses will continue as usual. We believe that this will allow us to better prepare ourselves to celebrate our important holidays together.
We will return to our celebrations on Sunday, November 1 to celebrate the Feast of All Saints Day with our Sunday masses, and on Monday, November 2, All Souls Day, we will celebrate three masses in St. Rita, 8 am , 5 pm, and 7 pm, and in St. Clare there will also be three Masses, at 8 am, 12 pm, and 7 pm. Our parish offices in St. Rita will remain open as usual, especially to register for these masses and to make intentions for each mass. Reservations for these Masses will start on Tuesday, October 27.
Please let’s take care of each other together.
Fr. Homero Sánchez, OSA
Pastor of St. Rita of Cascia
Solemnity of All Souls Day
ALTARS OF REMEMBRANCE – CROSSES – BOOK OF LIFE
Monday, November 2 is the Solemnity of All Souls Day
Reservations for these Masses will start on Tuesday, October 27
Masses at St. Rita Church
8 AM, 5 PM and 7 PM
Masses at St. Clare Chapel
8 AM, 12 PM and 7 PM
- We are not taking reservations yet, but reservations will be available via Eventbrite on Tuesday, October 27 on this website. Use this online Mass Reservation Form for the All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2), call the office or come to the parish to register.
- If you would like to include an intention for one of the Masses, please call the office.
- Crosses are still available for the garden. Crosses are $10 per cross, and each cross can hold 5 names.
- Due to COVID-19, if you want to put names of your deceased loved ones in the Book of Life, please come to the office.
- The Altars of Remembrance for our Departed Loved Ones are available in the Church of St. Rita and the Chapel of St. Clare. If people would like to bring a photo or other mementos of their loved ones to put on these altars, please write your name and phone number on the back of the photo or mementos.
REGISTER FOR MASS THIS SUNDAY!
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING A CELEBRATION IN ST. RITA
YOU MUST READ ALL THIS INFORMATION BEFORE REGISTERING, PLEASE!
Registrations to attend Mass ARE REQUIRED – without exception. Please sign up through Eventbrite. Reservations will be accepted ONLY on this registration page, as well as by phone (773-434-9600) with the secretaries in the office, although online is MOST PREFERRED. Reservations for the following Sunday’s Masses will open on Tuesday at 10 am.
- Sign up for the Mass you want to attend. Under “Quantity,” you must choose the total number of people of your HOUSEHOLD that will attend (include each person – no matter the age) and we need the name of each person who is attending.
- Reservations will be required in order to limit the number of people and for the purpose of identifying contacts in case someone tests positive with the virus.
- If you need to cancel your reservation, please call the rectory by Saturday at 1 pm to do so.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Arrive at least 20 minutes before Mass because there is a long process to enter (doors open 30 minutes before each Mass).
- Stay home if you or someone in your home is sick or has a fever.
- If you or someone in your home has had contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus in the last 14 days, please do not come to Mass.
- Masks or face coverings are required to enter and remain in the church.
- When you arrive, you will have to form a line outside the Fairfield entrance.
- You will enter ONLY through the middle doors of Fairfield Ave.
DURING THE MASS
- There will be no collection during Mass. Please bring your donation or envelope and put it in one of the boxes that will be in the entrances.
- You will be told how to receive communion. Holy Communion will be distributed only in the form of the host, and only in the hand. If a person does not want to receive it in the hand, the minister will offer him or her a blessing.
AFTER THE MASS
- You must leave ONLY through the doors of Washtenaw Ave. and leave immediately after Mass so that the disinfection team has time to clean up everything before the next Mass (we have to ask that you do not stay to pray, talk to others, or light any candles).
Remember: All these norms and directives exist to protect each other. We are God’s people and the Mass is a celebration of our unity in Jesus Christ. If we protect each other, we are doing a work of mercy.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience and we can’t wait to welcome you back to St. Rita!
- Note: The number of COVID-19 cases in our neighborhood is high and there is a risk of contamination. Although our parish staff will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they take the risk of getting COVID-19 at any time they enter a public space as such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.
- With affection, we recommend that the following people stay at home: people over 65, people with underlying health problems , (e.g. diabetes) and people caring for the sick.
We will continue to livestream the Masses of 10 am and 12 pm, so that those who cannot attend in person can still participate in the Masses of St. Rita. The dispensation to attend Sunday Mass and Days of Obligation continues.
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URGENT – MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RE-OPENING
We need lots of volunteers to serve in the re-opening teams of St. Rita that consist of people to greet and seat parishioners, function as ushers, and disinfect after the Masses and other celebrations.
It is imperative that we find more volunteers who can serve at the Sunday masses, daily masses and other celebrations such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, confessions and memorial masses.
The ability to have Sunday Masses and other celebrations depends on having sufficient volunteers to fulfill the Requirements of the Archdiocese to guarantee the safety of everyone. If you are between the ages of 18-64, are healthy, and do not have any underlying condition, you may be a volunteer. Please go to our Parish Reopening Volunteer Form, call the office and leave a message for Fr. Ray Flores, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you for training.
Thank you for your time and dedication.
We are a spirit-led people nourished through God’s Word and at the table of the Eucharist that unites us as one family.
Sunday Masses at St. Rita Church
8 am – Spanish
12 pm – Spanish
Sunday Masses at St. Clare Chapel
8 am – Spanish
10 am – English
12 pm – Spanish
Weekday Masses at St. Rita Church
Monday – Friday at 8 am – (Spanish)
Weekday Masses at St. Clare Chapel
Monday – Friday at 12 pm – (Spanish)
Monthly Spanish Mass in Honor of St. Rita – Third Thursday
Intercessor of Impossible Cases and Pacifier
The Third Thursday of each Month at 7 pm in the St. Rita Church with Confessions at 6 pm.
Everyone is invited to come and worship in community with our prayers as we honor our patroness, Saint Rita.
Confessions / Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays from 11 am to 12 pm in St. Rita Church.
Thursdays after the 12 pm Mass in St. Clare Chapel.
First Friday of the Month from 7 to 9 pm in St. Rita Church.
Or call one of the priests at the parish for an appointment.