St. Elizabeth Seton to Resume Masses!

Dear SES Parish Family,

We have received our Re-Opening Certification from the Diocese of Joliet and are pleased to announce that St. Elizabeth Seton will resume Masses on Wednesday, June 10!

The Mass Schedule will be:
Monday-Friday:  8:15am
Saturday:  5:00pm
Sunday:  8:00am* – 10:00am – 12:00pm*
(*Please note the Mass time changes for Sunday)

Included with this letter are the Guidelines for Daily/Weekend Mass and Reconciliation.  Please review these carefully as they include general safety information, instructions on how to make reservations for Mass and Reconciliation, as well as procedural changes made to the Mass.

Sign-ups for Daily Mass (June 10-12) will begin Monday, June 8 at 8:00am
Sign-ups for Weekend Masses (June 13/14) will begin Tuesday, June 9 at 8:00am
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Future Masses will be posted each week.

We are truly appreciative to those who have already volunteered to be a part of our Set-up, Greeting, and Clean-up Teams.  They have already been trained and are ready to go!  We could not have done this without them!

We are still in need of more volunteers!   Please consider joining one (or more) of these teams – it is crucial to have enough volunteers to continue having Mass.  You can sign-up through the www.sespastor.org website or by emailing Alicia Napoli at alicianapolises@gmail.com.

If you have not signed up or have not been receiving emails from St. Elizabeth Seton, please let us know! Send an email to stelizabethseton@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to add you!

I look forward to seeing you all again!

God Bless,
Rev. Scott Huggins

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DAILY AND WEEKEND MASSES


Masses for registered parishioners will begin on Wednesday, June 10.  The Mass schedule will be:

Monday-Friday: 8:15am
Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday:  8:00am, 10:00am, & Noon

General Information:

  • The dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in force indefinitely.
  • If you are fearful or have any reluctance to return to Sunday observance at this time, you should not do so.
  • Those most susceptible to contracting COVID-19 by virtue of age, medical condition or other vulnerability should not attend the in-person Mass.
  • All guests are to take their temperature before coming to the Church. If you have any symptoms, please stay at home. If you are feeling sick, suspect you may be sick or have a sick member in your family, you should not attend Mass.  If you have been exposed directly to COVID-19 within the last 14 days you are not able to attend.
  • If you are unable to attend Mass, the “virtual” services will still be available on www.sespastor.org.
  • Only the Upper Level doors of the church will be used for entrance.  You will not be able to enter through the Lower Level.
  • The pews have been marked off for seating to provide for social distancing.  You will not be able to sit in your “normal” place.
  • You must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.
  • Please refrain from exchanging handshakes or other physical contact during the Sign of Peace with anyone other than those living in your household.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided before you enter the Worship Space and before Communion.
  • No worship aids or paper bulletins will be distributed. Bulletins can be accessed on our website each week.
  • Bathrooms are only available in the case of an extreme emergency. We ask that you properly prepare yourself in this manner.
  • The church will be sanitized after each Mass.

Reserving a Mass Time:

  • Mass will be limited to a certain number of attendees.  You will need to make a reservation to attend Mass.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate anyone without a reservation at this time and walk-ins will not be able to enter the church.
  • Sign-up Genius will be used to make reservations for Mass - the link will be posted on the home page of our website – www.sesnaperville.orgClick here to view the Pew Seating Chart.
  • If you do not have access to a computer, please call the Parish Office at 630-416-3325 to make your reservation.
  • Priority reservations will be given to registered parishioners.
  • When making your reservation, you must indicate how many in your household will attend. This number must be adhered to – if you bring extra people with you, they will not be able to attend.

Arriving for Mass:

  • You may start arriving 30 minutes before Mass begins.  We ask that within that time frame that you arrive as early as possible as this will greatly help our volunteers with check-in and seating everyone.
  • Greeters will check you in for your scheduled Mass and provide you with hand sanitizer.
  • Greeters will direct you to your seat.  Once seated, please do not change seats or move around the church.
  • There will not be a collection taken during Mass.  Please place your donations in the baskets provided as you enter the Worship Space. You may also donate online at https://sesnaperville.churchgiving.com/ or sign up for Automated Giving at https://www.sesnaperville.org/63

Communion:

  • Greeters will instruct on when to exit pews.  Please remain in your pew until directed by a greeter.
  • Please use the floor markings as you approach in order to maintain social distancing.
  • Sanitize your hands at the front tables.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed only under the form of the consecrated Host and only in the hand.

After Mass:

  • There is no formal Recessional Procession.  Greeters will direct you to leave the church pew by pew.  Please remain in your pew until directed by a greeter.
  • Please exit the Worship Space immediately, maintaining social distance at all times.
  • You will exit through the Upper Level doors.
  • Please dispose of any masks, gloves, tissues, etc., when you arrive home.

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RECONCILIATION


We will begin to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for registered parishioners in the Church.  To ensure social distancing and an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament in a timely manner, you will need to make an appointment.  Appointments can be made by calling the Parish Office at 630-416-3325 Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-4:00pm and Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm.  You will also need to follow all safety measures listed below.

As a reminder about the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • Most sins are venial sins and it is not necessary to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for these sins to be forgiven.
  • It is necessary to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation when you have committed a Mortal sin.  However, for a sin to be mortal it MUST meet ALL three criteria:
    • Serious Matter:  It is something with real consequences; it matters in my life with God and the Church. Our Church helps us by pointing out certain activities that are serious matters - usually significant violations of the 10 Commandments.
    • Full Consent:  Means that we freely chose to do it. Doing anything with full freedom is rare because we are weak human beings who often think we have more freedom than we really do. Things like fear, peer pressure, laziness, addiction, ignorance, pride, and immaturity, often interfere with being totally free.
    • Full Knowledge:  Here we must ask: Did I truly understand and appreciate the ramifications and seriousness of what I did? Did I know it was wrong and fully grasp its sinfulness and its consequences for my life with God, self, and others?
    • The important thing to remember is that to the degree one was free or had knowledge of what they were doing, they are responsible for their sin. So, I may have done something seriously wrong, but if I did not 100% understand the seriousness of my action and/or have 100% freedom in choosing that action, it is not a mortal sin despite it being serious in nature.  It is a sin, but not mortal in the result that it has destroyed my relationship with God.  God understand human weakness.  He acts with love, and we should always remember that above all.

The following Reconciliation procedures MUST be followed without exception:

BEFORE ARRIVAL:

  1. You must wear a face mask at all times. 
  2. All guests are to take their temperature before coming to the Church. If you have any symptoms, please stay at home.
  3. If you have been exposed directly to COVID-19 within the last 14 days you are not able to attend.
  4. Those in a vulnerable population are encouraged not to attend.
  5. Bathrooms are only available in the case of an extreme emergency. We ask that you properly prepare yourself in this manner.

AT THE CHURCH:

  1. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled time.
  2. You will enter the Church through the main doors (upper level). A Greeter will be present to direct you and to make sure you are following these protocols.
  3. Upon entering the Church, you will be given hand sanitizer.
  4. Seating will not be provided for the celebration of the sacrament
  5. Each penitent will only have a short period of time to confess his or her sins.  The requirement in Canon Law is to confess our grave sins by number and species (cf. CIC, can. 988).  For example, “I was uncharitable 5 times, impatient 7 times, etc.”  You should not go into stories or long explanations about your sins.  If you would like spiritual direction along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Father is available for spiritual direction, but a separate appointment will need to be made.
  6. When the Sacrament is completed, the penitent will need to immediately exit the church.
  7. The penance that is prescribed can be done anywhere except in the Church. Suggested places include:

          a.   Mary’s Garden
          b.   In your vehicle
          c.   In your home