Reopening of Holy Ghost Church June 2021

Welcome Back to Holy Ghost Church!

Starting with the weekend of Friday of June 11, 2021, Holy Ghost will comply with the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Joliet in accordance with the State of Illinois Phase 5 COVID-19 Protocols.  Please see the guidelines below.


The state of Illinois is expected to enter Phase 5 on Friday, June 11, which means that all sectors of society will fully reopen. The Diocese of Joliet will follow Illinois public health guidelines and offers the following details for all church services effective June 11, assuming the state does enter Phase 5.

If the state does not enter Phase 5, we will continue with the previously issued “Bridge Phase” protocols.


In accordance with current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, fully vaccinated individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. (“Fully vaccinated” refers to people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose.) Individuals who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear masks.

  • To provide for varying comfort levels, it is suggested that a seating area be set aside, if possible, for parishioners uneasy with sitting with unmasked individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated priests and Eucharistic ministers are no longer required to wear masks and face shields.

Capacity and registration

Full capacity is allowed, and registration is no longer required. However, pastors may want to retain their registration systems in case a spike in COVID-19 cases occur in the coming fall and winter.

Vaccination status

The diocese will not require employees or the general populace to provide their vaccination status. Yet we strongly encourage vaccinations for all ministers.


The dispensation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place for the time being, with the intention of providing our parishes and our parishioners the opportunity to navigate and adjust to these new guidelines and protocols.

Hand sanitizer

It is recommended that hand sanitizer be available, but not required for entering/exiting the church and/or at the reception of Holy Communion.

Church sanitation

Sanitation of the church is required only once a day, per the CDC.

Holy water fonts

Even before the pandemic, holy water fonts have been identified as a potential source of bacterial and viral infection. So, we will continue to refrain from displaying and using holy water for the time being.


Because of the potential transfer of saliva, we will continue to refrain from offering wine in a chalice at Communion for the time being.

Communion on the tongue

Communion on the hand is still the preferable option. Communion on the tongue is allowed at the pastor’s discretion.


Singing is allowed.

Paper worship aids

Missals, hymnals, prayer books, bulletins, posters, etc., are allowed for display and use.

Collection baskets

Baskets on a pole are allowed, but baskets passed from hand to hand are not.

Presentation of gifts

Presentation of gifts is allowed.

Sign of peace

The sign of peace will continue to be made without physical contact. Offer a friendly wave to your neighbor.


Food is allowed per pre-pandemic sanitary guidelines.

Office and social gatherings

Capacity at office and social gatherings can be at pre-pandemic, full capacity levels.

NOTE: Guidelines for summer and fall youth programs, including the start of the 2021-2022 school year, will be issued later. When in doubt, follow CDC guidance.


Reunite in Christ

Our parish, in partnership with the Diocese of Joliet, has formed a committee to plan for parish life post pandemic.  We will look at reuniting parishioners with Jesus and the Church.  Please cover this committee and the parish staff in prayer as they brainstorm and plan gathering and non-gathering opportunities for our parishioners.

Photo Collage: As a parish, we are family and for over a year we have been separated.  The first project of the Reunite Committee is to create a photo collage that includes every family/individual in the parish.  This will be a unique art piece that will be featured in our gathering area.  We want EVERYONE to be included! Please take a selfie of yourself or your family today and email it to

  • Be sure to take your picture asap so you don’t forget.  We want every member of the Holy Ghost family to be included! If you have an older relative in the parish, please assist them as needed.  Giving us your picture is approval for the artwork for our parish. You will definitely want to be part of this lasting legacy of Holy Ghost. You can submit your digital picture to Kelly Scardina at:

Upcoming Happenings: Watch the bulletin and the website for the upcoming dates for our first hospitality weekend after all the masses, a celebration outside with food trucks and a Fall Parish Mission with Fr. Tom McCarthy! We can’t wait to be with you!

Fellowship Weekend PDF

Last Published: July 7, 2021 11:59 AM

Adoration of the Blessed

Begins again in
our Parish on

June 1, 2021

More Info Here


The Feast of
Corpus Christi:

The Most Holy

Body and Blood of Christ

June 6, 2021

Welcome Home!

We are celebrating our Reuniting in Christ with a Photo Collage Art Piece that will displayed in our gathering area. We want EVERYONE to be included! Please take a selfie of yourself or your family today and email it to It won’t be complete without you!

Fellowship Weekend

July 24/25

The COVID restrictions have been lifted, so we want to celebrate with all of you! Be sure to join us after all the masses on July 24th and 25th for Fellowship Weekend. The gym will be open so we can share food, fellowship, and Reunite in Christ!


Welcome Home!

Holy Ghost Radio

If you are in close proximity to Holy Ghost Church, tune to 99.1 FM radio to listen to live weekend Masses on Saturday at 4 pm, and on Sunday morning at both 8 and 10:30 am. While the low power signal is strongest in the church parking lots, Mass can be heard within a small radius of about a block away. You are welcome to join us through the medium of radio on 99.1 FM.

The Council of Catholic Women By-laws

have been revised.

Click here to review them.

 Send questions to:

Kelly Scardina at


The final vote of the amended By-laws will take place at our first in person General Membership Meeting. Thank you for your interest in keeping our Council of Catholic Women current.


Click here to read the letter from the Bishops of Illinois on supporting the Invest in Kids Act.

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