Guidelines for Attending Mass

The Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus has created the following guidelines for attending public Mass in accordance with requirements set by the Diocese of Joliet and the State of Illinois.

These guidelines have been created to keep everyone safe and healthy and to allow as many of our community to celebrate Mass within the requirements. These instructions will be under evaluation and are subject to change.

Please instruct those who do not have access to a computer to call the Parish Office during business hours ( Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm) at 815-722-6653 or email with any questions.

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation please visit our website or donations can be made using our online platform HERE.

Mass will be celebrated at:

  • 5:00pm Saturday
  • 8:00am Sunday
  • 10:30am Sunday

Because of social distancing requirements, church capacity will be significantly reduced and seating will be in every other pew with social distancing between those attending.

Please see the chart below for seating guidelines. Pews labeled with 5 maximum will have a maximum of 5 people, all who live in the SAME HOUSEHOLD, and pews labeled '2' has a max of 2 who live in the SAME HOUSEHOLD. Other family members who live in a different household will have to sit in a different pew. We have a limited amount of pews that will accommodate a family of 5 or more, please see seating chart below. Pews with 'X' will not be used.

The following guidelines have been put in place for the safety of all attending:

  1. Please wait in your car until you see someone unlock the doors to enter. Please maintain the recommended 6 feet while in line awaiting ushering to a pew.
  2. If you have not registered to attend, you will not be allowed into the building.
  3. Greeters will usher you to available seats in the church. 
  4. Hand Sanitizer will be available at entrances, please make use of it when entering.
  5. If you are sick or vulnerable to infection; or care for someone who is vulnerable we ask that you please do not attend.
  6. Everyone attending mass MUST wear protective face masks .
  7. To avoid cross contamination, hymnals will not be provided.
  8. When you enter the church you will notice that there is no Holy Water. However, you should make the sign of the cross when entering the church.
  9. Please use the restroom at home before coming to Mass. Restrooms located in the Narthex will only be available for emergencies.

Please plan to arrive not later than 15 minutes prior to the Mass you have signed up to attend. Please enter through Door 21, 22 or 23. All other entrances will be locked.

In order to assure the safety and health of all our parish family and friends, we ask that you do not congregate or meet up before or after Mass.

Holy Communion-the Priest will walk through the church to distribute Holy Communion.

  1. The faithful remain seated in the pews; extend one hand only to receive Holy Communion. Remove on side of mask to take in host an then replace mask.
  2. A minister will walk ahead of the priest to spray your hands with sanitizer.
  3. The consecrated Host will only be distributed IN THE HAND ONLY.

The Church will be sanitized following each Mass.

During this phase, the Adoration Chapel will be closed.

Eucharistic Adoration in addition to all other devotions and Masses will be added at a later date.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we come together for Mass, with measures in place to minimize risks during this time.  

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