Frequently Asked Questions
(*Updated June 17th)
During this time there are, of course, a lot of questions out there! Below are some of the more common ones we are being asked. As new information becomes available, we will update the answers as necessary.
*What has been cancelled at St. Mary?
All meetings, events, classes, and parish functions have been cancelled until further notice. Public Masses with up to 300 people are allowed. Confessions are taking place and Baptisms are also being scheduled. See the Temporary Schedule for the dates and times of Masses and Confessions. Call the Parish Office for the availability of Baptism times.
What about the Mass intentions already scheduled?
All of the regularly scheduled Mass intentions are being offered as usual.
Is there as plan/date for resuming public Masses in the state of Illinois?
Masses with 30% of the church capacity filled began the weekend of June 13th and 14th. An on-line reservation system for weekend Masses has been implemented. To sign up, visit our website and click on the purple box for more information. No reservation is necessary for daily Masses.
Is the sacrament of confession available?
Yes! Confessions are still being heard on Wednesday mornings at 11:00, and on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please form a single line in the center aisle of the church, wear your mask, and observe the recommended 6-foot distancing.
Is the Church or Adoration Chapel open for prayer?
The church is open every day from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and you will find a number of prayer resources in the narthex for your use. Of course, you are asked to maintain the recommended 6-foot distancing while in the narthex and church with anyone who is not from your household, and to wear a mask if social distancing is not possible. The Adoration Chapel is closed until further notice.
What kind of sanitizing steps are being taken by the parish?
Every day all of the bathrooms and door-handles are sanitized. The pews in the church are sanitized 3 times a week. There is also hand-sanitizer available for your use in the narthex of the church. Each confessional is also thoroughly sanitized once confessions conclude. We further ask that you maintain the recommended 6-foot distancing with anyone not of your household while here at St. Mary, and wear a mask if social distancing is not possible. Finally, if you or anyone in your household is feeling ill, we ask that you please stay home.
Is the parish office open?
The parish office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. But we are checking the parish voice-mail (847-669-3137), email (stmaryhuntley.org), and postal mail daily, and will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Individual staff members are also keeping up to date with their own personal email and voice-mails, and they will contact you once they are able.
Are the First Communion Masses cancelled?
The First Communion Masses scheduled for the last Saturday of April and the first Saturday of May had to be postponed. But with the new guidelines allowing 30% of the church capacity to be filled, we will be rescheduling those Masses as soon as possible! We will be in direct contact with the First Communion families through our Religious Education office as soon as we have dates for those Masses and for the practices preceding them.
Are the Confirmation Masses cancelled?
As of March 18th, Bishop Malloy has postponed Confirmation Masses, and the restrictions of the governor’s current 5-phase plan will not allow gatherings of that size. Therefore, our scheduled date for Confirmation on April 26th has been indefinitely postponed. As soon as we know a new date and receive further instruction from the Diocese, we will directly contact all of the confirmation families through our Youth Ministry office.
What about weddings and funerals?
Weddings and funeral Masses may still take place with the participants wearing masks and practicing social distancing. The same is true for all grave-side services in our parish cemetery. For funerals, simply contact the funeral home of your choice, and they will contact our parish office to set up a date and time. If you are concerned about the date of your wedding and would like to change it to a later date, please contact the parish office.
Can a priest still come to visit someone who is seriously ill or dying?
Absolutely! Our priests can still administer the Last Rites to anyone in need, whether in their own home, the hospital, or a nursing facility. Please call the parish office at any time to arrange a visit; and one of our priests will come over as soon as absolutely possible.
Are there any events that will be re-scheduled?
Absolutely! Of course, our Confirmation Masses will be re-scheduled, as well as our First Communion Masses. Any Baptisms which were not able to take place will be re-scheduled, and many weddings already are. And as other postponed events are able to be re-scheduled, we will certainly let you know!