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Staying with the Reopening Plan for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Posted on Fri, May 29, 2020

From the Archbishop of Chicago

Dear Fathers,

 Today, Governor Pritzker announced that all of the four Restore Illinois health regions have reached the required health benchmarks for advancing to Phase 3, which will begin tomorrow, May 29. He also issued guidance for reopening churches. That guidance can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/places-worship-guidance. 

The bishops of the Chicago Province will review this document and will communicate as soon as possible any decisions that go beyond the Plan we have in place. Therefore, parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago can continue to be certified for Phases I and IA (Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings, Funerals, private prayer and Eucharistic Adoration for 10 or fewer), but not Phase II (weekday and weekend Masses and groups larger than 10) until further notice.

 I do anticipate that I will be able to provide you an update on opening churches for Phase II early next week. In fact, all things being equal, my genuine hope is that parishes might be certified to move into Phase II as early as the weekend of June 6-7. However, until the bishops have a chance to review the guidance offered and I confer with our Task Force, I ask for your full cooperation and support in staying with the Plan the bishops have already approved, keeping in mind the value of our unity and our responsibility to keep our people safe.

All of you continue to be in my prayers and I am grateful for yours.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

 


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