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Shelter-in-place order for State of Illinois due to COVID-19

Update 4/9/2020
Governor Pritzker  announced the mandatory shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois will remain in effect through Thursday, April 30, 2020. 

  • All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until the order is lifted.
  • 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. However, in case of an extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.
  • No Faith Formation classes will be held until the order is lifted.
  • Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.
  • Parish offices must be closed until the governor’s order is lifted.

Note: Priests can – and are encouraged – to continue celebrating Mass privately and to livestream their Masses for their parishioners, if possible. Moreover, anointing of the sick and confession/absolution guidelines will be forthcoming.

A Easter Message from Fr. Bob Regan, Pastor

Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia.

Our joy, however, is dampened this year by our not being able to gather publically for the celebration of Easter Mass. Although these health and safety measures restrict our coming together in person, they do not cancel out the truth of the Resurrection.

Jesus died on the cross. Jesus rose from the grave. These are the truths of our Christian faith. No mere human being can ever delete from history the greatest story ever told – that God took on human flesh, suffered, died, and rose so that we could be lifted beyond this natural life into supernatural life.

Easter is our cause for JOY. How easy it is for us to forget God’s promise. We lose sight of the big picture as the gloom and doom of the current day limits our vision. Allow this Easter, as different as it may be from previous Easter celebrations, to fill your heart with joy.

Light has conquered darkness, eternally. Death is NOT the victor. Love is stronger than death.

As a young boy, I loved Easter. Yes, it was often for the wrong reasons, but our family created a loving atmosphere of family, friends, Easter baskets, brunch, and hidden eggs with cash inside. The highlight, of course, was Easter Mass at St. Leonard, as the organist began playing “Alleluia, Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise” or “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”

Both hymns are triumphant and remind us that Easter is our future; provided we have surrendered to the One who says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Good Friday is part of the story. Life in this broken, wounded world involves accepting our various crosses. What makes our cross easier to carry is realizing the Lord walks with us every step of the way, and that the sorrowful tears of Calvary become the joy-filled tears of the empty tomb.

Easter has NOT been cancelled. That is not even possible. What has been cancelled – eternally – is sin, evil and death. Oh, sure, the enemy of God and of human beings will continue to try and fan the flames of hatred, deceit and murder, but in the end, when all is at last brought to fulfillment, as Christ comes again in glory, the morning light will rise and never set.

Light overtakes the darkness. Love is stronger than death. Do not be afraid. The cross becomes the crown.

Thank you, dear Lord, for extending your arms on the cross and showing us, “This is how much I love you.”

He died. He rose. And He summons us, “Follow me,” through the cross to eternal glory.

Alleluia! And may your Easter be filled with the joy we find in Christ.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Bob Regan

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We are a Catholic community centered on Christ. This means we worship God and we serve our neighbors in need. The two go together as a response to the greatest commandment to love God and love one another.

Jesus asks a probing question to aspiring disciples in chapter one of John’s Gospel. “What are you looking for?” The Lord gets to the heart of the issue. We are all looking for something; or more intimately, Someone. We as human beings are wired for worship, so the question is, “Who or what are you worshipping?

At St. Rene, we want to help each other grow closer to God; to help each other find Who we’re looking for. We are a parish committed to Faith, Family & Friends, and to welcoming newcomers to our spiritual home. The source and summit of our faith is the celebration of the Eucharist. Growing closer to Jesus brings us closer to one another, and growing closer to one another brings us closer to the Lord. Love God, love one another. It’s why we call it “Communion.”

Thank you for being a part of St. Rene parish. For those not yet a part of our church, please feel welcome to join us. Jesus always meets us where we are at. Yes, even when we feel a little lost, angry at God, or think we are unworthy of God’s love. As the saying goes, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

May St. Rene parish be a place you can take one step closer to God each day.

God bless you!

Fr. Bob Regan



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