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.

Although public Masses are resuming, please note that Bishop Pates has dispensed the obligation to attend Sunday mass for all he faithful in the diocese at this time. We will continue to livestream Masses HERE.

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 with any questions.

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation please visit our website straymond.net 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. 1b. 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. PLEASE NOTE - you will be escorted to your pew. It is not possible for you to sit in your 'favorite seat.'
  4. Hand Sanitizer will be available at entrances, please make use of it when entering.
  5. All attendees will have their temperature taken when entering church.
  6. If you are sick or vulnerable to infection; or care for someone who is vulnerable we ask that you please do not attend.
  7. Everyone attending mass MUST wear protective face masks .
  8. To avoid cross contamination, hymnals will not be provided.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Instructions for receiving Holy Communion will be announced during each Mass. Please note that 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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