March 23: Announcement from Fr. Portzer

Fr. Portzer is unwell and is not sure what illness he has. Although it is like a flu it is not the same as the coronavirus. He has self-quarantined and has been advised to avoid being around others for two weeks after his symptoms have ended.

March 20: Update on COVID-19

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a "shelter-in-place" order for the state, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7th, in order to slow the pace of COVID-19. Please check local news sources for additional information regarding the governor's announcement.

Confessions will be heard at St. Rose beginning at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 21st. Please remember to distance yourself the recommended six feet between penitents. The church will be unlocked for those wanting to come pray.

We are awaiting details from the Diocese regarding if parish offices need to be closed.

Please watch this website for further announcements. Because of everything constantly changing, a parish bulletin will not be posted at this time.

Public Masses Cancelled in the Springfield Diocese

All Masses in the Diocese of Springfield are cancelled effective immediately. Please read this document from the Bishop for details in addition to the below.

All non-sacramental parish activities are also cancelled. This includes Stations of the Cross.

Confessions will still be heard during the normal times. Keep six-foot distance between penitents and use wet wipes which will be provided to sanitize any area you touch, including the door and ledge in the confessional. Also clean any part of a pew that you touch.

We have asked for clarification from the Diocese regarding Exposition and Benediction. There will definitely not be Exposition on Thursday, March 19th.

St. Rose will be open for people to come pray privately from dawn until dusk. Please use the entrance on the north side (facing the rectory). All other doors will remain locked. Hand sanitation items will be made available.

Anyone who is sick or believes he/she may have come into contact with the virus is to remain at home.

During this time, you may unite yourself spiritually with the Latin Mass by visiting livemass.org.

Watch our website here for any updates.

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