The coronavirus is changing the way in which we minister to the community and people of St. Cletus Parish. Fr. Bob, Fr. Ken, Fr. Lorenzo and the parish staff remain committed to minister as best as we are able. We’ve prepared some information on this page which we hope will be helpful and reflect the most recent changes. Please bookmark and refresh periodically to see changes.
Is St. Cletus reopening on May 23?
You may have heard through media Catholic churches can open as soon as May 23 using a multi-phase approach. It’s important to understand that May 23 was the EARLIEST churches could open, but ONLY after criteria and certification has been met. Each parish is different with different considerations. St. Cletus has already started organizing staff and volunteer teams for what our reopening will look like. Please see this letter from Fr. Bob with more detailed information. At present, all facilities remain closed.
Are you having Mass?
We will be recording and/or streaming Mass as we are able. You can find streams on our YouTube channel and we’ll link on our Facebook page. Masses are closed to the public until health officials indicate otherwise. Masses can also be found using this Archdiocese link.
Is the church open for daily, private prayer?
We previously were offering private prayer, however, due to the “stay at home” order for the state, all churches and chapels are required to be shut down. We will not be offering private prayer at least until the order is lifted.
Are parish events taking place?
Currently, parishes are closed indefinitely. All scheduled events through at least April 30 are canceled or postponed. We do, however, continue to service Food Pantry clients. (Check the bulletin for the latest updates and re-scheduled dates, as they become available.)
Can I contact the parish?
Definitely! Parish staff are working remotely and best accessible by email. You may also call the parish offices at 708-352-6209. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message in the general rectory voicemail box. This voicemail is monitored by several staff members remotely.
Why are bells ringing at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm?
Cardinal Blase Cupich is asking Catholic parishes to ring their church bells five times a day, as a means of calling all to unite in prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The prayer times will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, and continue every three hours each day, with the last bells rung at 9 p.m. Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic. (more info)
Is the parish able to pay its staff/bills?
The operations of the parish are funded by parishioners including weekly offertory, donations, and other gifts (such as bequests). The parish is most certainly seeing reduced contributions and donations which is negatively affecting the current budget. We are taking all steps necessary to see staff are paid for their work and bills are paid. The parish has applied for and received funds from the PPP government loan program.
Can I make a donation?
Yes! You can make a donation online or mail in your check (or cash). If mailing, please send to St. Cletus Parish, 600 W. 55th St., LaGrange, IL 60525. As noted, the operations of the parish rely exclusively on the donations and contributions of our faith community.
How is the school and other ministries affected?
The school shifted immediately to its eLearning plan to ensure learning is still available and taking place. Attendance is taken and assignments are provided in all subjects to be graded in a similar fashion as it would if school were in session. The school’s objective is to provide as complete a curriculum as is possible, despite the rapid shift to alternate/eLearning.
Up until 3/19, the food pantry has been able to serve those in need. We will update further on our ability to serve clients during the “stay at home” state directive.
The maintenance staff has been deep cleaning all areas of the building making it safe for staff and visitors. Maintenance staff will continue to monitor the buildings during the “stay at home” state directive.
Parish staff are working remotely to best serve the needs of our parishioners.
Who do I contact with additional questions?
Please contact the parish office at 708-352-6209 or send an email to a parish staff member.