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.

Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Announcements, 2020

Plenary Indulgence Fulfillment: Borrowing from an announcement by Bishop Pates, the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, here is how you can fulfill the requirements for the Divine Mercy Sunday plenary indulgence during the coronavirus shelter-in. Do all those things which you can do to fulfill the requirements, and do the rest of the requirements as soon as you can fulfill them. The requirements are:

  1. Completely detest sin (sometimes said as complete detachment from sin).
  2. Say an Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus.
  3. Pray a devout invocation to the merciful Jesus, such as "Merciful Lord Jesus, I trust in you.
  4. Go to confession and receive absolution.
  5. Receive holy communion.
  6. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis: normally an Our Father and Hail Mary are prayed.

The full text of the letter of bishop Pates follows, from the website

Coronavirus Update Diocese of Joliet

April 11, 2020

Dear Priests and Deacons: I have been contacted by some of our brothers inquiring about indulgences for Mercy Sunday. The Apostolic Penitentiary provided information on the Divine Mercy Plenary Indulgence in a document issued on June 29, 2002. It made references to cases wherein individuals were unable to attend Mercy Sunday services in a Church. The corona virus situation would qualify since it was not foreseen in 2002. The text reads:“[A]ll who for a just cause cannot leave their homes or who carry out an activity for the community which cannot be postponed, may obtain a plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday, if totally detesting any sin, as has been said before, and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, will recite the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition, pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you). If it is impossible that people do even this, on the same day they may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.” Therefore, for all of those who cannot pray in a church or chapel, the actions outlined above in bold would be applicable. To receive the plenary indulgence, a person would have to:

  1. recite the Our Father and the Creed in front of a devout image of the Merciful Lord Jesus;
  2. meet these three conditions, or have the sincere intention to fulfill them as soon as possible: a. Being truly repentant and receiving absolution in the Sacrament of Penance b. Reception of Holy Communion c. Praying for the Holy Father’s intentions.
  3. and have total detachment from any inclination (desire) to sin, even venial sins.

TAN Books is offering a 30% discount, and $5 shipping now matter how large your order may be. You may combine orders into one order and still get them for $5 if sent to one address. In addition, they will also give your parish 30% of the profit of the sales. To qualify for this offer, use the St. Rose Parish code: ROSE62301 They have an excellent selection of history books and audio under the Kids button at the top of the page. The first thing which will show up is The Story of Civilization. Click on those and you can buy individual parts of each set. These are being used for homeschooling and in Catholic schools. Everything being sold by TAN is included in this 30% off deal for the rest of April.

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A Blessed and Most Joyful Easter to Everyone!

The Saturday Vigil Mass will begin at about 7:00 PM. I hope that many will unite themselves in spirit to the blessing of the Easter candle and the many other symbolic and holy ceremonies which unite us to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even as we suffer the limitations temporarily imposed by the coronavirus, let us remember all those in the Church oppressed by brutal regimes of communism or Islam throughout the world, especially those who are rarely or never able to have Mass or receive the sacraments, and have no reason to hope that will change any time soon. We still have much to be thankful for.

I will celebrate a private Easter Mass in the rectory at 9:00 AM, leaving the church open for those who want to pray. In response to the requests I have received to somehow slip in for a private Mass in the church or rectory, I deeply regret that I am unable to permit that. Beginning with Good Friday, I am offering my holy communions for all the members of the parish, because you cannot go yourselves. Please make a spiritual communion at least once a day.

In a few countries in Europe a small decrease in restrictions has been announced. This gives us hope that once our own shelter-in has been successful enough, we too will see restrictions begin to loosen. In the meantime, as we did officially at the Good Friday service, we should pray for our Church and government leaders as they guide us in new and difficult times.

One visitor to St. Rose parish was diagnosed with Covid-19. His visit was on Sunday, April 5th, his diagnosis was on Tuesday, April 7th. Fortunately, he was among those who very carefully followed all the guidelines posted about taking a wet disinfectant wipe with him and wiping down everything he touched, including the place he sat. I urge all of you to do this every time, no matter how inconvenient it is to you. Many lives could be saved by this simple courtesy. Remember that our children and elderly are the most vulnerable. However, as we saw in today's news, even a 20 year old and a 30 year old are among the newly deceased in Illinois (68 total persons died yesterday in our state, for a total of 596 so far).

If you know of people who do not use the internet and are from our parish, please keep them updated on our latest news. We will begin this Wednesday making bulletins and mailing them to all who have no access to our web site. If you know someone who should be on that list, please email the parish that information.

-- Fr. Portzer



Announcements for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

A limited number of blessed palms will be available throughout the day on Palm Sunday in the church.

A novena to the Divine Mercy will start on Good Friday. Copies of the novena will be available in the church in advance of the novena.

The Litany of the Sacred Heart will be prayed by Cardinal Gomez on Good Friday at 11:00 am Central Time, and all who pray the same litany then may receive a plenary indulgence under the following conditions:

  1. true repentance for your sins
  2. confession your sins at your earliest opportunity
  3. pray for the intentions of the pope

Please remember that Bishop Paprocki has encouraged us to make spiritual communions. During these unusual weeks which lie ahead please do not let you or your family deteriorate spiritually. Remember the old sayings which apply especially to the youth: idle hands are the devil's workshop, and an idle mind is the devil's playground. Extra time is such a blessing! Now is the time for healthy family time, common praying of the rosary, common meals, and recreation together as a family. Board and card games are much better for building the family than are electronic games. The internet is not a safe babysitter. Now is also a good time for everyone to make their way through one or more wholesome books. It is important to accept the current situation out of respect for the common good, while also seeing it as coming to our civilization from the hands of God. Resignation to the will of God is an important lesson to pass along to youth at this time. Life never will be the way we want it to be, but it will always be good for our souls if we accept things in the right way.

Thank you to all who are giving support money to the parish, even though the parish is not able to do as much as it usually does for you. Those who have urgent needs are encouraged to make them known to the parish.

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