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The Procedures to Attend Weekend Mass at St. Edmund Parish

Before Attending

·         You must make an advance registration to attend mass. Reservations will be accepted beginning on Monday, prior to the upcoming weekend.

o   To make a reservation click on RESERVATION here or on the home page.

o   You will be redirected to the reservation system which will ask for your name, email address and phone number. You may make a reservation for yourself and for anyone attending with you.  If you are a family of 4, you will need to make only one reservation provided that you include your total number of attendees and add their names.  The process is simple and will take you no more than 2 minutes.

o   Not all parishioners use the internet. We shall, therefore, reserve a few slots for those who prefer to call the parish office at 708-848-4417 x2011 to make a reservation. Please ask for Chris.


·         Masks covering the nose and the mouth must be worn at all times. Gloves must be worn as every person must have their hands sanitized by one of our re-opening team members.

·         Arrive at mass 15 minutes early in order for enough time for registration.

·         People may enter into the church only through the 2 Murphy Hall corridor entrances. Upon entering, a volunteer will spray your hands with sanitizer.


·         At the registration table, you will be asked the following questions:

o   Are you experiencing any illness symptoms including fever, cough, sniffle, shortness of breath, lost of taste or smell, or body aches?

o   In the last 14 days, have you or any member of your family tested positive for COVID-19, or have you been in close contact with anyone who tested positive?

o   In the last 14 days, have you traveled put of the country, or to/from a state identified as a “red zone” state (currently there are 23 states on the list)?

 If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you will unfortunately not be allowed entrance into the church. We urge people not to become angry or create a problem when this occurs, but simply to remember that our goal is the safety of everyone. These are different times and one must simply understand and accept the decision.


·         A greeter will guide you to your seat. Individuals may not choose their own spots as there is a precise protocol we shall be following for seating individuals. cohabitating families may sit together.

Offering & Communion

·         At Communion time, everyone will need to come forward and follow the flow of traffic, using the floor markers to keep six feet apart. To enforce the social distancing guidelines, even those who will not be receiving Communion or a Blessing must come forward.

·         The Communion procession will be single file and no one is to move until guided by a Greeter.

·         There will not be an offertory with donation baskets being passed in the church. Please bring your donation envelope or your cash donation with you as you come forward for Communion. There will be offertory receptacles at approximately the 2nd pew from the altar on both sides of the aisle. Please place your donation into the receptacle and continue forward.

·         A Greeter will spray your hands with sanitizer when you have reached the front of the line and before you turn left or right to receive Communion.

·         When standing before the priest or other eucharistic minister, continue to wear your mask, but open your hands to receive Communion.

·         Once the Communion has been handed to you, please walk 6 feet to the left or right (depending upon which side of the church you are on), remove your mask, consume the Blessed Sacrament, re-fasten your mask and continue in the traffic flow to your pew.


·         At the end of mass, please wait to exit until the Greeter has instructed you that it is your turn to do so.

·         Please follow the arrows on the floor that will guide you to the three available options for exiting. You may exit through the St. Joseph side Pleasant Street door, or you may exit through the Murphy Hall corridor doors. No other doors may be used as exits.

·         Remember to maintain social distancing as you exit the church.

·         No one may linger in church once the liturgy has ended. Everyone must exit.


·         Only 1 individual may use the restroom at a time unless special assistance is needed.




St. Edmund Parish Safety Guidelines

The church space has been set up to allow 6’ of social distancing between worshipers. Re-Opening Team volunteers oversee all parishioner movements including where to sit, when to come up for Communion/Offertory and exiting.

All attendees must have a reservation before attending any event. This is done through the parish website or by contacting the parish office. The parish maintains a record of everyone in attendance at every event for contact tracing purposes.

 At check-in, everyone must answer several COVID-19 screening questions: 1) Are you experiencing any symptoms of illness including fever, cough, sore throat, sniffles, loss of taste or smell or body aches? 2) In the last 14 days have you tested positive for COVID-19 or have you been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive? 3) In the last 14 days have you traveled outside of the United States or to a state designated as a "hot zone"? If anyone answers "yes" to any of the questions, he or she will be asked to refrain from attending that service.

 Mask adherence covering the nose and mouth is enforced. Masks can only be lifted when receiving the Blessed Sacrament in the palm.

 Hand sanitizing of every attendee is conducted by our volunteer team upon entering the church space and right before receiving Communion.

 Specific entrances and exits are used to enforce social distancing.

 Only one person is allowed in the bathrooms unless assistance is needed.

 Proper disinfecting of high touch areas is conducted after each event.

Disclaimer: While our Re-Opening Team has taken all the appropriate precautions consistent with the Archdiocese of Chicago and public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.




Parish Re-Opening Team

Volunteers Needed

Our parish Re-Opening Team needs YOU! In order to ensure that all safety protocols are followed, we need a dedicated group of parishioners to help on two teams: Greeting and Disinfecting. We are blessed to have a strong base of volunteers already. However, as more masses are added, we will require more help. We all know that more helpers make a task easier. Please consider signing up today.

Greeting Team

The Greeters help guide attendees with arrival, check-in, seating, during Communion and exiting. All movements are overseen Greeters. An average mass requires 6 Greeters at various posts. This volunteer position has more direct contact with others when compared with the Disinfecting Team. Greeters generally arrive 30 minutes before an event begins and stay until everyone has left.

Training involves watching a 1 hour webinar and attending an in-person training sessions (also about an hour). Training sessions are scheduled on an ongoing basis for new volunteers. Mary Darnall is the lead for this team. You may contact Mary Darnall at or at 708-567-4526.

Disinfecting Team

Members of the Disinfecting Team are vital to our re-opening. They ensure that our spaces are sanitized and ready for each event. An average mass requires 7 Disinfecting Team volunteers. Members sanitize not only the pews, but all high-touch areas. Typically, members will take one section of the church to clean. The Disinfecting Team does not have contact with parishioners since members come in after the church has emptied. Members usually arrive 15 minutes before an event ends. We provide everything that is needed for sanitizing including gloves. We were fortunate to find a cleaning product that allows us to spray and wipe down surfaces (no scrubbing) with no fumes. It is fast and efficient. You may contact Maria Allori at or at 708-528-7622 if you are interested.

Volunteer Requirements

Persons willing to help our parish can volunteer as long as they are in good health. Those 18 years or older are encouraged to volunteer but high schoolers can help with parent permission.

Webinar Link

You can begin your training by watching the following webinar:

Reopening Training - Archdiocese of Chicago

Click on "Re-Opening Training Webinar-May 2020" (English version)

The video is approximately 58 minutes long.

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St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 //  Fax Line: 708-848-0049
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New Parish Office hours during COVID-19: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Sunday,closed
Website established September 1, 2001
Last updated: September 19, 2020.