A Message from Our Pastor
Dear Saint Catherine Labouré Community,
As the coronavirus crisis keeps evolving. Communities around the world are taking even more
radical measures to control the spreading of the virus, so as to protect and minimize the
harm to vulnerable people. As you all know Governor Pritzker has just announced a mandatory
shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois. Cardinal Cupich has also announced that
further preventative measures have to be kept. Effective 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through
Tuesday, April 7, Saint Catherine Laboure will adapt the mandate:
- The Church and adoration chapel must be locked until the order is lifted by Cardinal Cupich and the governor.
- All other parish activities, programs, and meetings are canceled, including Soup & Stations and the Lenten Reconciliation Service at St. Norbert’s
- There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any other gatherings anywhere on parish/school property, nor can any parish personnel be involved in organizing them on any other site.
- All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group.
- Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.
- We will keep streaming Masses, this will unify us spiritually until we can celebrate public Mass again.
- Parish offices must be closed until the order is lifted.
It is with a heavy heart that these measures need to be implemented. These circumstances are
emotionally and spiritually excruciating. Now more than ever, we need to support one another.
Our prayers will give us the strength we need during this challenging time. Thank you for your
continued prayers for and support. The hope and the faith in the risen Christ will help us get
The Parish office personnel will work remotely. Please contact them by email. Below are the contact email addresses:
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you if things change.
We appreciate your understanding of this very fluid situation.
Click here to see Cardinal Cupich Message regarding the halting of all services and activities in the Archdiocese of Chicago
Update: Cardinal Cupich with a special message for our school children and their families.
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To Gain a Plenary Indulgence:
The Holy See, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, under the Apostolic Penitentiary grants a special
Plenary Indulgence during this time to all those suffering from the Coronavirus, including
all health care workers, all family members and even all those praying for them
through a spirit detached from any sin, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and
charity toward their brothers and sisters, they can unite spiritually, through the media, to the
celebration of Holy Mass, recitation of the Holy Rosary, the pious practice of the Way of the Cross,
Eucharistic Adoration, the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet or other forms of devotion
imploring Almighty God to an end of this epidemic, provide relief to those afflicted and Eternal Salvation to
those whom God has called home to Himself.
Click here to read the full Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary
To make a daily Holy Hour view EWTN's live Eucharistic Adoration from 8 AM TO 5 PM CT
The Archdiocese of Chicago is asking all Catholics to unite in prayer during the Coronavirus pandemic at five times per day. The prayers are listed below:
- 9 a.m. - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill
Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious
hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not
alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
- 12 p.m. - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick
Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden
them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
- 3 p.m. - Prayer for first responders and essential workers
Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace
them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
- 6 p.m. - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one human family. We pray for
people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the
voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
- 9 p.m. - Prayer for those who have died today
Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your
tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’
The easiest way to be reminded at each of the 5 hours is to setup the alarm feature on your phone.