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We ask that you please remember the financial needs of the parish, both for Sundays and for Easter. We are attempting to curtail any unnecessary expenses yet bills still need to be paid. Please know that your help is greatly appreciated during this difficult time. You may mail your contribution to the Parish Administrative Center (PAC), 134 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126, drop it off in the black mail slot located in the PAC vestibule, or click the donate today button below.


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Click HERE for this week's Masses. Mass will be livestreamed M-F at 9am this week. Beginning June 21st, Mass will be livestreamed Sunday through Friday at 7:30am. 

Upcoming Masses are as follows:

Monday 6/29 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Tuesday, 6/30 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Wednesday, 7/1 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Thursday, 7/2 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Friday, 7/3 6:15am and 7:30am Mass Church
Saturday, 7/4 8:00am Mass Church 
Saturday, 7/4 4:30pm Mass Sacred Heart Chapel 
Sunday, 7/5 7:30am Mass Church
Sunday, 7/5 9:00am and 11:30am Mass Sacred Heart Chapel

Click HERE for the Mass schedules for all of the parishes throughout our deanery. 

 
We are happy to announce that our parish plan for re-opening our church for the celebration of Mass has been approved by our diocese.  We will return to our regular weekend schedule with Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 4:30PM as well as 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 [email protected].  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 on our website.  Please go to the site to review these protocols, but know that we will have hospitality ministers to guide you every step of the way.
 
For those of you who are not able to attend Mass at this time for any reason, please know that we will continue to broadcast Sunday Mass at 9AM for the duration of this challenging circumstance.  The Church has conferred dispensation of the Sunday obligation until further notice.
 
We joyfully anticipate our return to the community celebration of Holy Eucharist.  We pray for the end of this time of trial and ask our Heavenly Father to keep us in His loving care until the day I can say to all of you, “Welcome home!”

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 [email protected] 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 on Saturday, July 4, 2020 from
2pm until 3:30pm in Sacred Heart Chapel.

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
 
Immaculate Conception Parish Director of Finance
Our parish has been very blessed to have Ron Darin in the position of director of finance. In the years that he has been here, he has worked very hard to maintain financial management of our resources. Ron will be leaving his position at IC. He has chosen to pursue a position in the public sector that was made available to him. Please express your thanks to him, particularly through your prayers. If you are aware of someone who might be interested in this position, please share with them the following job description and contact information.
Immaculate Conception Parish, located in Elmhurst, IL has an immediate opening for a Director of Finance.  This position is full?time, 40 hours per week, benefited and requires education commiserate with the position, minimally a B.A. in accounting or a related field; an advanced degree is preferred.  The preferred candidate will possess exceptional organizational and communication skills; a thorough understanding of employee rules and regulations; familiarity with, or ability to learn our computer software program, ParishSoft; and may have previously worked for a Catholic Parish or institution.   Interested parties should provide a resume and cover letter to;   Jeff Williams Director of Administration and Facilities [email protected]
 
 
A Letter From Father Tom Paul
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Please know that all of you are remembered in our daily prayers. I also encourage all of you to spend extra time in prayer during these days as we continue to struggle at this difficult time. Please note the following:
  1. Click to the left to participate in the following, sorted by date: The Divine Mercy Chapel (dated 03/17/20) the Rosary (03/19/20) or the Stations of the Cross (03/25/20)
  2. If you have a special prayer intention, particularly for anyone who is sick, please email Fr. James at [email protected] We will pray for these intentions during the Masses celebrated during this time. 
  3. Both adults and children are encouraged to utilize the many resources for your spiritual growth during this time listed below, including Formed.org, Magnificat, and Living Faith. 
  4. Anyone admitted to Elmhurst Hospital will receive the Sacrament of the Sick if requested or needed. In a previous message, I shared with you the information that one of our priests has been fitted with the proper equipment to handle the needs of the entire hospital.
  5. Our parish offices at the present time are closed. In the event of an emergency, please call (630) 530-8515.
  6. We are doing our very best to get updates to every parishioner. If you know of a parishioner who is not getting our email messages, please let them know what we are doing.
  7. The Church is currently closed to the public. It will not be open for private prayer on Sunday mornings.  
  8. There are several parishes who are offering Masses live-streamed around the country.  
  9. You can follow the readings for Mass each day, by clicking here and selecting the date on the calendar on the right.
May Mary, our Patron, and St. Joseph, our Protector, continue to watch over us during these days.
 
Father Tom Paul

Our parishioners should be encouraged to confess their venial sins with a sincere Act of Contrition and a promise to avoid sin. 
Prayer For A New Bishop 
Good and gracious God, 
You have always been present to your Church giving it a Shepherd’s care. 
Our Diocese has been blessed again and again with generous, wise, and loving Bishops. 
In Your kindness, we ask abundant blessings be bestowed upon Bishop Conlon 
for the years he served 
the people of the Diocese of Joliet  
with the heart of a Missionary Disciple. 
We come once again in need of a shepherd. Send your Spirit to guide the deliberations 
that will lead to the appointment of a shepherd with a heart like Your Son. 
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You 
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

A Prayer for the Diocese of Joliet 
God of all ages, 
in these challenging times 
deepen our faith as we grow into 
Missionary Disciples. 
Your Son, walked among us blessing 
the poor in spirit, the merciful and the peacemakers. You call us today to be witnesses of His 
loving mercy and to be people  
of service and abiding peace. 
Grant us the courage to walk as 
people of faith 
who continue the work of 
bringing about Your Kingdom 
in the Diocese of Joliet. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 
Below is a video message from Bishop Pates
 
Regarding the Death of George Floyd and the Nationwide Protests and Riots
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHg9v7wfqHg

 

CONGRATULATIONS DEACON MICHAEL!

Rev. Mr. Michael Groth has been assigned to Sts. Peter and Paul in Naperville as a parochial vicar. He will also have part time ministerial responsibilities at Benet Academy in Lisle. This assignment will be effective July 1. Deacon Michael will be ordained a priest in the upcoming weeks. Please keep him in your prayers. Our parish will celebrate his ordination when we are able to do so. Deacon Michael has been of great service in countless to our parish.

 

Immaculate Parishioners are able to sign up at www.formed.org for content provided to you with our parish subscription.  We encourage you to browse around this site and utilize the many programs available, especially while we are all home during these unique weeks.
 

 

Immaculate Conception Food Pantry remains open M-F from 10am – Noon.  Due to increased volume, donations are greatly
appreciated.  We attempt to provide each family with either a $25 grocery gift card or $25 restaurant / pizza certificate with
their food.  The following food items are greatly needed: peanut butter, grape jelly, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, Mac and Cheese, rice, cans of chili, ravioli, spaghetti, instant boxed meals, coffee, ½ gallons of milk, bread, canned tuna and chicken. Please contact Pam at
630-530-3497 for additional donation information. May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy!
 

Parish Office Hours 
The parish office will be closed
until further notice.