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Immaculate Conception continues to take the utmost care for the health and safety of all our parishioners, students, and guests. Before any of our facilities could be used for Mass, baptisms, school, or Religious Education, detailed plans had to be submitted to the Diocese of Joliet. These plans were based upon the requirements of the diocese for facility use. We continue to follow the approved plans in order to ensure consideration for everyone’s health. Last weekend, for example, several celebrations took place in Sacred Heart Chapel. After Confirmation on Friday evening, all of the pews, doors, and other surfaces were sanitized. After 9:30am Confirmation on Saturday morning, everything was sanitized again. After the 1pm Confirmation, the Chapel was sanitized again. After 4:30pm Mass, the chapel was sanitized again. Every day after school, the desks and all surfaces of the classrooms and school buildings are sanitized. On September 12th and 19th, we will celebrate First Communion. Before Sacred Heart Chapel is used for the 9:30am Mass, it will be sanitized. Before the Chapel is used for the 1pm First Communion Mass, it will be sanitized. Before the Chapel is used for the 4:30pm Mass, it will be sanitized. Before the Chapel is used for 9am Mass on Sunday morning, it will be sanitized. Before the chapel is used for 11:30am Mass on Sunday morning, it will be sanitized. In the school buildings, just like in the church and chapel, no one will sit in seat unless it has been sanitized before its used. When Religious Education takes place, just as on any typical days, before the RE students enter the school, it will be sanitized. After they leave, it will be sanitized again before the day students return. At this time, there are 122 in person students on Sunday and 92 on Wednesday. 
 
The approved plan for the Religious Education program is available by clicking below.
RE Reopening Approval Certificate
Religious Education Reopening Plan
RE Reopening Addendum
Click HERE for this week's Masses.
Mass will be livestreamed
Sunday through Friday at 7:30am. 

This Sunday 9/20 Mass will be livestreamed at 9am. 
Upcoming Masses are as follows:
Monday 9/14 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Tuesday, 9/15 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church 
Wednesday, 9/16 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Thursday, 9/17 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Friday, 9/18 6:15am and 8:15am (ICGS only)  Mass Church
Saturday, 9/19 8:00am Mass Church
Saturday, 9/19 9:30am and 1:00pm First Communion Mass
Saturday, 9/19 4:30pm Mass Sacred Heart Chapel
Sunday, 9/20 7:30am Mass Church
Sunday, 9/20 9:00am and 11:30am Mass                                                               Sacred Heart Chapel
Click HERE for the Mass schedules for all of the parishes
throughout our deanery. 
Why do we make reservations to attend Mass on the weekends?
Many people have wondered why they are asked to make a reservation either by phone or online in order to attend one of our weekend Masses. Unfortunately, asking people to do this has inconvenienced some. There are some parishes where reservations are done at a minimum and people have said that they go to Masses at other churches because it is easier to do so.
WHY DO WE MAKE RESERVATIONS AT IC? The answer is simple: we continue to be most concerned about your health and safety.
We are likewise following the policies of the Diocese of Joliet that have asked us to do so. The action of letting us know which Mass you are attending helps us to provide a safe place for you at that particular liturgy. Because of social distancing, the number of people that can attend Masses both in our church and chapel are severely limited. We want to make sure that everyone can fit into their chosen location for Mass without worrying about if there will be a seat for them. Likewise, the contact tracing information that we receive is very important. We keep records for two weeks of attendance at each of our liturgies. If there was a need to contact anyone, it would be very easy to do so.
At the present time, some of our Masses are reaching capacity. We do not want to be in the situation to have to turn anyone away because they didn’t tell us ahead of time that they were coming to that Mass. Please help us to help you by letting us know what your plans are. We look forward to the days when we will no longer have to take such precautions. In the meantime, both your spiritual and physical health issues are of concerns to us.
If you have not yet started attending Mass on the weekends or during the week, we hope to see you there. Although many continue to participate over the livestream, there is a great advantage to attending in person. You will be able to not only participate in person, but also to receive Holy Communion.
WE MISS YOU! COME AND CELEBRATE MASS WITH US EVERY WEEKEND AT 4:30pm Saturday, 7:30am, 9am, and 11:30am on Sundays. To register, email rsvp@icelmhurst.org or call 630-530-8515
 
Our regular weekend schedule is Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 4:30PM in Sacred Heart Chapel, Sunday Mass at 7:30AM in the church and at 9AM and 11:30AM in the Sacred Heart Chapel. We anticpate 5:15pm Sunday Mass will resume after Labor Day. 
 
Due to the necessity of social distancing for health reasons, our seating will be limited.  Those wishing to attend one of these Masses will require a reservation.  You may call the parish office or simply email RSVP@icelmhurst.org.  We ask that all reservations be made by Friday at noon each week. Attendees will also be required to wear a mask throughout the Mass, except when consuming the Eucharist.  There will be other procedural changes to safeguard your health, all of which are available below.  
The following Guidelines will need to be followed:

Before you leave home:
· If you are 65 or older, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions, please consider joining us via our live streaming service.  If you have symptoms of any type of illness, please remain at home and be attentive to your health needs.  The obligation for Mass attendance is still suspended and will remain so until further notice.  Your health and safety is our primary concern.
· You will be required to wear a mask/face covering for the duration of our Mass.
· A reservation is required for attendance at Mass.  Please contact the parish office at 630-530-8515  or email RSVP@icelmhurst.org to secure seating. Your reservation MUST be confirmed by the office.
· Use the restroom before leaving the house. The facilities in the church or chapel must be sanitized after each use. We are striving to minimize their use.
When you arrive for Mass:
· Check in with a greeter at the check-in table.
· Enter only through the center front doors.
· Deposit your offering in the baskets provided.
· An usher will provide you with hand sanitizer.
· Take your place in the pew as directed by an usher.
· You may only share a pew with those people who live in your home, except in cases of single        participants sitting at a social distance.
· Social distance will be maintained at all times.
During Mass:
· Do not change pews once you are seated.
· Wear your mask/face covering throughout Mass (except when receiving Holy Communion).
· No physical contact, except with members of your own household, during the sign of peace.
· No singing or use of hymnals will occur during the Mass, in an effort to minimize risk of contamination.
Receiving Holy Communion:
· The priest will approach each row for communion.
· When the usher approaches your pew, stand up.
· You will be given more hand sanitizer by the usher; please remember not to touch your face after this.
· Receive the Host in your hand ONLY.
· After the priest passes by you, remove the strap from one ear of your mask or face covering, letting it hang from the other ear and uncovering your mouth, consume the Host.
· Replace the mask over your mouth and nose.
· You may kneel or pray silently until the priest is finished with the congregation.
After Mass:
· Gather all personal items.
· Use only the proper exits, as directed by an usher.
· Do not congregate outside the doors or in the parking lots.
· Do not remove your mask until you have left the grounds.
 
 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place this Saturday, September 19th from 2:15pm until 3:30pm
The following Reconciliation procedures MUST be followed without exception:
 
BEFORE ARRIVAL
· You must wear a face mask at all times
· All guests are to take their temperature before coming to the Church. If you have any symptoms, please stay at home.
· Additionally, if you have been exposed directly to COVID-19 within the last 14 days you are not able to attend.
· Those in a vulnerable population are encouraged not to attend.
· Bathrooms are only available in the case of an extreme emergency. We ask that you properly prepare yourself in this manner.
· Furthermore, seating will not be provided.
· You will enter the Sacred Heart Chapel through the center doors that face Arthur Street. Greeters will be present to direct you and to make sure you are following these protocols.
· Upon entering the Chapel, you will be given hand sanitizer.
 
DURING RECONCILIATION
· The greeter explains to the penitent that they are to exit down the western side aisle upon the completion of the Sacrament and that they are to not touch any surfaces.
· The greeter escorts the penitent to the proper location in the York Road Lobby down the eastern side aisle
· You will remain standing – no chairs will be provided
· You will choose whether to go behind the screen or face to face, both options are socially distant
 
AFTER RECONCILIATION
· When the Sacrament is completed, the penitent exits down the western side aisle without touching any surfaces
· The penance that is prescribed can be done anywhere except in the Chapel. Suggested places include:
Þ  By the Marian grotto
Þ  In your vehicle
Þ  At your house

 
New Program Resource are now available online at respectlife.org.

WHAT IS THE

RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM?

The annual Respect Life Program is a year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life.
Although sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Respect Life Program is essentially comprised of the efforts of leaders throughout the Church like you—parish priests, staff, and volunteers; teachers and school administrators; diocesan leaders; and so many others.
The U.S. bishops produce these materials to assist you in your efforts. Instead of acting as stand-alone resources, they are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands—build off or adapt them to fit your specific needs!

Parish Office Hours 
The Parish office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am until 4:30pm and Fridays from 8:30am until Noon. All guests must wear a mask and have a temperature screening upon entry. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of the virus are asked not to enter.