Worship with us from Home
Weekday Mass: Daily at 7:00 P.M.
Weekend Mass: Sunday at 11:00 A.M.
School Mass: Wednesday at 11:00 A.M.
We invite you to gather with us virtually (from the comfort and safety of your home) as we pray with, and for, one another during our Masses which are broadcast live through Twitch TV and through Facebook Live on our Facebook Page: Immaculate Conception Parish Chicago (Talcott). Direct links to both platforms are accessible below. For your convenience, all Masses are recorded and archived for a limited time. Please spread the word that IC is still "the place to (virtually) be" by inviting your family, friends and neighbors to join our expanding online community. All are welcome!
Reopening Plan For IC Parish Amid COVID-19
May 17, 2020
Dear IC Family,
I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy. As you may have seen reported in the media, Cardinal Cupich recently shared our multi-phased plan for reopening churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees. Our Parish Office and campus will remain closed for meetings during this time.
- Phase IA allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees. Our Parish Office and campus will continue to remain closed for meetings.
- Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending upon the guidelines set forth by our state and the capacity of each church building.
Our IC Reopening Plan
First and foremost, it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and well-being of all, while also maintaining all due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.
To facilitate this endeavor, I will assemble a Parish Reopening Leadership Team with parishioner co-captains to lead our efforts. Together, we will attend required training from the Archdiocese to ensure that our parish reopening plan conforms to the guidelines developed by the Archdiocese in collaboration with civil and healthcare authorities. We will also receive a starter kit of protective and cleaning supplies, as well as guidance on purchasing/maintaining additional supplies on an ongoing basis.
Estimated Timing for our Reopening for Phase 1 and 1A only
The required training for Pastors and Parish Reopening Leadership Team members will be conducted via a live one-hour webinar (through Microsoft Teams) that is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 18th & Tuesday, May 19th. A recorded, on-demand session will also be made available after 10:00 P.M. on May 18th for your convenience. Once we successfully complete the training, we will need to review and complete tasks assigned to all parishes as part of a reopening certification process in order to be approved by the Archdiocese. Therefore, the soonest that IC will realistically open for sacramental celebrations or private prayer is likely the first weekend of June. That said, our parish, like all others in the archdiocese, will move forward at a pace and timing appropriate for our own situation. Ultimately, our timetable for reopening will largely depend upon the response we receive from this appeal for viable volunteers to assist us.
Volunteers Needed – seeking healthy adults age 65 or younger
We will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. Please note: leadership team members and volunteers must not be a part of a “vulnerable population” (essentially, not over the age of 65, with no underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, or undergoing cancer treatment, etc.). I ask all of you, particularly our school parents, and all those in our parish who are younger than 65 and healthy (with no underlying health conditions) to kindly consider assisting us with one of our three reopening teams:
- Set-up team: Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and propped physically open prior to attendees’ arrival/departure, windows are opened, etc.
- Greeting team: Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.
- Cleaning team: Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided (if you do not have your own) in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.
Our Reopening Leadership Team and I will make certain that all our volunteers are properly trained. Please send me a message at [email protected] to indicate your willingness and ability to volunteer. From those that step forward, we will also request that some act as volunteer captains to help lead each of the three teams.
At IC, we will only open our church once our Reopening Leadership Team and I feel confident that we have the right volunteers in place to make it possible to reopen. Again, the need for parishioner assistance cannot be overstated as this multi-phased plan will truly require a team effort to manage successfully. We will not be able to reopen our doors and welcome our parishioners back home unless the younger members of our parish family graciously step forward to volunteer their time to benefit the greater good of our community.
The guidelines and measures required to reopen are designed to protect our well-being and that of our broader community. As Cardinal Cupich has noted, from the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper.” Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “that they all may be one” (Jn 17:21) and commanded us “love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34). Our collective patience, willingness to help and the care we take to reopen is a demonstration of our unity and love for one another as a parish family.
May God grant you His peace during this difficult time and may He manifest His love and presence to you in abundant ways. If you have any questions, please contact me at our Parish Office at 773.775.3833 Ext. 102 or via email at [email protected].
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Robert Fedek, Pastor
As a precautionary measure, all liturgical services have been suspended in our Church until further notice (as mandated by Cardinal Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago.) This includes all daily and weekend Masses as well as Reconciliation (Confessions) on Saturday afternoons.
In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s Shelter-In-Place mandate for the state of Illinois, both our Church building and Parish Office will remain closed through Saturday, May 30th. As such, we are regrettably unable to offer opportunities for private prayer in our Church at this time. All previously scheduled activities, meetings, and events have either been canceled or postponed through Saturday, May 30th. Additional scheduling changes may occur as the situation continues to develop.
Connect with our Parish Staff
Although both our Church building and Parish Office are temporarily closed, our Parish Staff is still available to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 773.775.3833 (voicemails are monitored daily) or connect with us via email at [email protected] with any questions, concerns or needs that may arise during this time. In the meantime, please take comfort in the knowledge that you are loved, missed and prayed for daily by all of us.
Pray with us via Zoom
We welcome you to join us at 3:00 P.M. daily (Monday through Saturday) as we unite our hearts with God by praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet via Zoom, hosted by Deacon Rick and his wife Carol. Please click on the direct link provided above to access Deacon Rick’s personal Zoom room. For security purposes, please input the following meeting password when prompted: 920449.
If you are new to Zoom, we encourage you to visit https://www.zoom.us/download to register and download the web app for free on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Zoom Video Conferencing offers you the opportunity to see and hear members of our community praying together and engaging in conversations about their faith, while also allowing you to interact and participate as well. Whether you are a member of our parish family or someone in search of a new spiritual home, we invite you to spiritually connect with us as we pray with, and for, one another during this time of isolation.
Connect with us via Zoom
We invite you to connect with us via Zoom (www.zoom.us) for our newly established Post-Mass Coffee & Chat Room gathering following the conclusion of our 11:00 A.M. Mass on Sundays. Please click on the direct link provided above to access our Coffee & Chat Zoom Room. For security purposes, please input the following meeting password when prompted: 456016. All are welcome!
Parish Reopening Co-Leadership Team
With grateful hearts, we are happy to announce presently that the following members of our parish family have graciously volunteered their time and accepted the following positions in order to assist us with our plan to reopen the doors to our Church and welcome our parishioners back home:
Lay Co-Leader: Jocelyn Lim
Lay Co-Leader: Maura Hyland
Operations Director/Compliance Manager: Vince Kennedy
Set-Up Captain: Scott Will
Greeter Captain: Darlene Mroz
Cleaning Captain: Joe Jummati
In collaboration with Fr. Robert, our Co-Leadership team will assume the responsibility of tending to all the required actions that our parish must complete to receive certification by our Archdiocese in order to reopen for Phase I and progress to Phase IA. Please keep our Parish Reopening Leadership Team in your prayers as we embark upon this journey together.
To access reopening training materials, please visit: https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening-training
Pope Francis' Urbi Et Orbi Message
Statements from the Archdiocese
Support our Parish
Even though public celebration of Mass has regrettably been suspended for the time being, we still require your financial assistance. As you know, our Sunday collection is by far the largest portion of financial support that our parish receives and is therefore critical to the vitality of our health and our sustainability as a parish. Simply put, we would not be able to maintain our parish and continue our mission without you. As such, we are truly grateful for the continued generosity of our faithful parishioners.
During this difficult time, we respectfully ask that you continue to support our parish (if you are able) as our bills continue and our staff members need to be compensated, regardless of whether or not our Church building is open. Your funds are critically needed to maintain our prayerful presence in our community during this unprecedented time.
Ways you can continue to support IC during the suspension of liturgical services:
Please consider dropping off your weekly offertory envelopes at our Parish Office or sending them via mail to: 7211 W. Talcott Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60631. Donations are also accepted online through Give Central. If you have any questions regarding setting up your online donations through Give Central, please contact our Parish Office at 773.775.3833 and a member of our Parish Staff will be happy to assist you.
With a truly grateful and humble heart, I thank you for your faithful stewardship of our parish. Be assured of my constant prayers for you and your loved ones as we continue to persevere together as a parish family through this challenging time in our lives. May our merciful and loving Father strengthen our faith during times of illness and uncertainty as we continue to trust in His goodness and divine providence.
Parish Sound & Video System Fundraiser
If you would like to invest in our future and contribute to our parish sound & video system fund please click here to donate via Give Central.
We thank you for your generosity!
Monday through Friday
8:30 A.M. Mass
5:30 P.M. Mass
Followed by a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 7:30 A.M., 9:30 A.M., 11:15 A.M., and 6:00 P.M.
Sacrament of Penance
Saturday 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Sunday 11:15 A.M. Mass
Please join us every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 11:15 A.M. for our Family Mass.
Please join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 11:15 A.M. for our Contemporary Music Mass.
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Fr. Robert Fedek, Pastor [email protected]
Fr. Matthew Heinrich, Associate Pastor [email protected]
Rick Moritz, Deacon [email protected]
Ronald Gronek, Deacon [email protected]
Michael Bednarz, Deacon
Vincent Kennedy, Director of Operations [email protected]
Scott Will, Director of Worship [email protected]
Julie Szwedo, Religious Education Coordinator [email protected]
Melissa Anna, Dawn LaVeau, and Marilyn Sadowski, Receptionists [email protected]
Melissa Anna, Bulletin Editor [email protected]
Bernadette Anna, Parish Sacristan
Michael Lahaye, Head of Maintenance