Fr. Danaher’s May 30 Letter
Dear Parish Family,
I’m sure that many of you have heard that Bishop Pates has stated that we are allowed to reopen our churches for weekend liturgies beginning the weekend of June 6/7, with an initial capacity of 100 persons. Unfortunately, we at St. Thomas will be unable to open that weekend for the following reasons.
The diocese will issue a certificate that requires all parishes to be trained and ready to reopen. We are not ready to receive a certificate because we still do not have enough volunteers in place to ensure the safety of everyone and that those volunteers need to be trained. Volunteers are needed for such things as host greeters/ushers, along with sanitizing all pews between masses. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is not a situation to be taken lightly or to be rushed as the consequences of doing it wrong could be detrimental to our health and any steps forward. We will let everyone know as soon as we are ready to open safely.
The second reason is a personal one. I believe that, as your pastor, I should be present at our weekend liturgies, especially at the beginning of our transition. However, I am scheduled to have cataract surgery on Tuesday, June 9. Part of the preparation for the surgery is mandatory COVID-19 testing on Friday, June 5, after which I am to remain in self-quarantine until June 9. I am also scheduled for cataract surgery on Tuesday, June 23, with mandatory COVID-19 testing on Friday, June 19, along with self-quarantine until June 23.
Our parish theme throughout the year has been “Cherished, Charged, Challenged.” We certainly cherish our time together as a worshiping community. We are charged to be the active and caring community that we have been since our founding. Please take up the challenge to volunteer your time, talent and treasure so that we can begin the phases of reopening our doors to worship, albeit on a very limited basis, our faithful and loving God.
TO VOLUNTEER EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Word,
Rev. Philip M. Danaher, Pastor
Video Message from Bishop Pates
Fr. Danaher’s May 22, 2020 letter with details about the reopening
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Diocese of Joliet Phased Re-Opening Plan
May 13 Letter from our Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Pates