St. Thecla COVID-19 General Information (3-31-20)
(All of the information below has been in our Sunday bulletins.)
(All Sunday bulletins are available on our Parish website.)
- NO Masses – NO School – NO Gym – NO meetings – Parish Office closed
- NO Holy Week – NO Blessing of Easter Baskets – NO Easter Sunday Masses
- We do not know when we will “get back to the old normal”.
- As best as possible, we will keep our “website” and “phone announcement” updated.
 Voice mail will be checked as often as possible.
Fr. Greg: (773) 792-3077 ext. 201 – Kathy Collins: (312) 854-9288
(Many times if not most, the Parish number is answered by Fr. Greg.)
Fr. Greg: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monika is not able to work in the office because of the “shelter-in-place” rule,
but she is checking her email: email@example.com
Kathy Collins: firstname.lastname@example.org
Because Kathy and Monika are not in the office (but working from home), some normal “jobs” are not quickly possible or possible at all. Please be patient.
Some possibilities for “watching” Mass…(Sundays & weekdays)
…from the Archdiocese of Chicago in English, Polish and Spanish:
…www.archchicago.org — “Radio/Television” — “Television” —“Broadcast Mass”
…Mercy Home: Sundays – 9:30am – WGN-TV – Channel 9
…Cardinal Cupich at the cathedral – Sundays – 9:30am – Channel 7
…Old St. Patrick Church: Sundays – 5:00pm http://www.livestream.com/oldstpats
…Polvision –channels 397/679 – Sundays – 9:00m & 3:00pm
…on antenna TV: Sundays – 6:30am – channels 26.2 or 48.1
8:30am – channel 50 and 10:30am – channel 62
Thank You Very Much for dropping-off or mailing-in your contributions!
If you would like to contribute electronically, information is on this website. Otherwise, contributions can be dropped-off or mailed-in. We are “closed”, but we still have expenses. Our employees are being paid, & many have their benefits. The church & school boilers are “off”; the thermostats are set low in the parish office (50) & rectory (67); but we still have utilities & our “$200 a day” property/casualty insurance & other bills. It is understood that many are experiencing financial distress. Also, helping family & friends & charitable organizations are always important works of mercy. If you can, please continue your contributions. Please try to be extra-generous to the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday collections. Thank You Very Much!
When not able to receive Holy Communion, a prayer from the 1700’s…
…by St. Alphonsus Liguori
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Daily Prayer Times – Cardinal’s Call for Common Prayer
9:00am – for those infected with the virus and all who are ill
Lord, place Your healing hand on those who suffer illness.
Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts.
May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage
them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
12:00pm – for health care workers and those attending to the sick
Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick.
Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary.
We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
3:00pm – for first responders and essential workers
Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe
and those who serve the common good.
Embrace them with Your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families.
We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
6:00pm – for people of every nation and their leaders
Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters
in one family.
We pray for people of every nation and their leaders,
asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division.
We ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
9:00pm – for those who have died today
Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day.
We commend them to Your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death,
will separate us from Your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
(While we are not required to pray at these exact times, “common prayer” emphasizes – even if we are at home alone – that we are part of a family of faith beyond our own parish.)
Our “last, ordinary Mass” was the 8:30am Mass on Friday, March 13. When Masses start again, anyone, who had or will have a Mass Intention, can let us know what their wishes are.
Some important Liturgical and Sacramental information from the Cardinal:
Sacrament of Reconciliation
While Confessions are not possible (not over the phone or “drive-thru”), we have this very important reminder from the Cardinal: “in keeping with longstanding pastoral practice, when access to this sacrament is restricted, a penitent can be assured that their sins are forgiven if they make an act of contrition with a firm resolve to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the stay-at-home order is lifted.”
Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound…
…is suspended to be consistent with the governor’s stay-at-home order.
Anointing of the Sick is possible but only with “an abundance of caution”.
Funerals and Cemetery Services
While our churches are closed, funeral Masses are not possible. However, if a family requests a funeral, there are two options:
 A funeral service, not a Mass, may take place at a funeral home –
[a] with a limit of ten people attending (inclusive of the funeral director, priest/deacon and
[b] all attendees must practice social distancing.
 A funeral service may take place at the cemetery before the burial service –
with the same rules as above – [a] and [b].
The history and teachings of the Church regarding indulgences requires more than can be included here. In brief, “indulgences refer to a repairing and healing of the damage inflicted by sin. Seeking an indulgence is a way of doing something spiritually and a way of praying for ourselves and for others.”
Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to everyone impacted by the coronavirus-crisis – especially for the sick and for “health care workers, first responders, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John 15:13)”
The conditions for a plenary indulgences to be granted: with a spirit detached from any sin…
…unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the
Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion;
…or if at least recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin
Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity toward one’s brothers and
…have the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion
and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible, when the
suspensions are lifted.