Below are training materials for the reopening of our churches. As we progress through the phases of our reopening plan new resources will be added, as needed.
Sacraments-Rites – Confirmation Sacramental Guideline
Sacraments-Rites – Drive-In Mass Sacramental Guideline
Sacraments-Rites – First Communion Sacramental Guideline
Sacraments-Rites – RCIA: Adult Baptisms Sacramental Guideline
Sacraments-Rites – RCIA: Receiving a Baptized Non-Catholic into Full Communion Sacramental Guideline
May 13, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
These fifty days of Easter, leading to Pentecost, are marked by unprecedented suffering, as humanity has fallen victim to a perilous contagion. In addition to the threats to our physical wellbeing, we are suffering spiritually as the Covid-19 pandemic has required restrictions of our worship and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Surely, there have been moments in history when governments and rulers have persecuted Christians and banned their public worship. This is not one of them. Rather, the present restrictions come in response to an extreme medical emergency as local, state and federal authorities – specifically public health officials – legitimately fulfil their responsibilities to safeguard human life and the common good. They have based their reasonable guidance on careful consideration of empirical data and the best available disease-mitigation practices as they seek to contain the pandemic’s rampage through our communities.
While everyone must exercise good citizenship in observing these restrictions, I call on the Catholic faithful, as advocates for justice and charity, to comply with these regulations. From the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper,” a truth that must inspire us as we are called to sacrifice. We should also be motivated to cooperate with public safety norms, given our reverence for life and human dignity. This is, at its heart, a moment to proclaim the breadth and depth of what it means to be pro-life, particularly as this virus preys on the most vulnerable in our midst.
The good news is that a plan for a gradual reopening of our churches has now taken shape, as I note below. However, since our movements will be restricted as that plan unfolds in different phases, your pastors and bishops will continue for the present time to offer Mass in private each day and to livestream and broadcast Masses from our parishes and the archdiocese. I am particularly grateful to ABC-TV, Univision and Polvision in Chicago for giving us airtime every Sunday. These celebrations surely are not the same as gathering in our churches for Mass, but I know from hearing from many parishioners that they provide a great deal of solace and support in this time of uncertainty.
We must be honest. We expect this situation to continue for some weeks, and any plan for reopening our churches for public worship must include every precaution to ensure public gatherings do not create a second wave of contagion, thus squandering the gains made through our sacrifice in these days.
With those realities in mind, I am heartened to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Office of the Governor on a multi-phase Plan for re-opening our churches for the celebration of the sacraments, private prayer, adoration and Mass. As I share the Plan with you, both by way of an Executive Summary and the full Plan in the following pages, I want to assure you of my prayers for you and your family’s personal, material and spiritual wellbeing. I also express my appreciation to the many people on the archdiocesan staff and in the Office of the Governor for the many hours they have given to designing and fine tuning this agreement. Again, I call on all Catholics to seize this moment to exercise faith-filled citizenship in a way that reflects our deep regard for life, our calling as disciples of Jesus and our love of country.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Plan for Reopening
Plan for Reopening (Link)
Phase 2 Reopening Requirements
Online Reservation Solution for Parishes (PDF)
Parishioner Reopening Guide
Certification Form (PDF)
Phase 2 Certification Documents
Certification Form (PDF)
Reopening Training Webinar - May 2020
Communion to the Sick or Homebound Sacramental Guideline (English) * Updated 7/2/2020
Beginning after June 6-7, certified parishes parishes may be holding public mass with reduced attendance. Check with your parish for availability and information on how to register to attend mass.
Comenzando después del 6-7 de junio, las parroquias certificadas pueden llevar a cabo misas públicas con una asistencia reducida. Verifique con su parroquia la disponibilidad e información sobre cómo registrarse para asistir a misa.
Począwszy od 6 -7 czerwca, parafie które uzyskały certyfikaty mogą odprawiać Msze św. z udziałem wiernych ze zmniejszoną liczbą wiernych. Prosimy o sprawdzenie w swojej parafii dostępności i informacji na temat rejestracji na Msze św.
Phase II Daily and Sunday Mass Guidelines
Phase II Daily and Sunday Mass Guidelines (PDF)
Physical Space Planning Considerations
Guidance for Non-Liturgical Meetings (English)
Guidance for Limited Reopening of Parish Offices
Guidance for Limited Reopening of Parish Offices (English)
Use of Air Conditioning and Fans (English)
Safety First Poster
Supplies Reorder Form (PDF)