Friday, May 29th, Confessions Cancelled

We will be having a funeral at St. Rose this coming Friday, May 29th. Because of that Father needs to cancel Confessions for Friday and also needs to cancel the Communion Services scheduled for 12:40 pm and 1:10 pm. 

Thank you for your understanding.



Distribution of Holy Communion Schedule: Until Things Change Again

Updated May 25th.

Please email me at to reserve a place. If you know someone who does not have email, they can call and leave a message. (217) 222-2511

Beginning on Saturday, May 16, and lasting until changes are announced, we will have a Confession and Communion Schedule as follows:

Monday through Saturday:

  • 7:00 AM Church opens
  • 8:00 AM Communion (8 spaces already reserved)
  • 10:00 AM Communion (3 spaces reserved)
  • 12:00 Noon Confessions (except for Tuesdays)
  • 12:40 PM Communion (All 10 spaces already reserved)
  • 1:10 PM Communion (4 spaces reserved)
  • 6:00 PM (2 spaces reserved)
  • 6:30 PM (All 10 spaces already reserved on Fridays, 6 reserved on Saturdays, 2 on Thursdays, but open otherwise so far)
  • 7:00 PM Church closes


  • 7:00 AM church opens
  • 7:15 -7:45 Confessions
  • 8:00 AM Communion (7 spaces already reserved)
  • 8:20 AM Communion (6 spaces reserved)
  • 8:40 AM Communion (8 spaces reserved)
  • 9:00 AM Communion (7 spaces reserved)
  • 9:20 AM Communion (Zero spaces reserved)
  • 9:40 AM Communion (9 spaces reserved)
  • 10:00 AM Communion (8 spaces reserved)
  • 10:20 AM Communion (All 10 spaces reserved)
  • 10:30 AM Confessions
  • 11:00 AM Communion (All 10 spaces reserved)
  • 11:20 AM Communion (All 10 spaces reserved)
  • 7:00 PM Church closes

If it turns out that we need more communion times later, and less early ones, the schedule can be adjusted accordingly. For now, however, we will see how this works. Let me know your needs if this cannot work for your family.

Special notes: Nobody should come to the church who is ill or has been exposed to the Covid-19 virus within the past 2 weeks. Please respect this, even if you feel just fine.

On Sundays, it will not be so pleasant in some ways because we will have to have only ten people in the church at a time. When the next group starts to enter, the previous group needs to leave. If your health allows, please enter by the side door we always use, near the St. Joseph statue, but exit by the other side door, beside the statue of Mary. This will keep people from getting crowded together on the sidewalk. Again, this is only on Sundays.

Please observe the 6 feet distancing rule. The floor has been marked with blue tape for that purpose.

First Sunday in May Announcements: When Will Public Masses Begin?

Because of the legal action started by a small evangelical church called Beloved Church, which brought in the help of the legal group called the Thomas More Society, Governor Pritzker is allowing religious services, including them on his list of essential things, but limiting them to 10 people. At this time we are still awaiting a clarification from the Diocese of Springfield about this, since Bishop Paprocki's prohibition on public masses is still in effect.

We are already collecting names of people who would like to attend masses, and if you want to attend mass either on a weekday, a Sunday, or both, please email Fr. Portzer at

Be sure to specify which masses (weekday, Sunday or both) you want to attend. We will have separate lists, so that all who want to attend on Sundays will be put on the Sunday list, and attending mass on a weekday will not decrease your chances of attending a Sunday Mass. If just one family fills us up to the limit, only that family will be able to attend.

Once you attend a weekday mass, that will put you back at the bottom of the weekday mass list. Once you attend a mass on a Sunday, that will put you back on the bottom of the Sunday mass list. I will be able to add one Sunday mass without permission which will be at 1:00 PM, to say 4 masses or more on a Sunday I need special permission. All masses will necessarily be low masses.

That is all the information I can give for now, please watch our website and for further news from the diocese.

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