Little Flower Catholic Parish

Reopening of St. Anastasia Church

Click Here for a message from Cardinal Cupich regarding this plan.

Specifically, Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptisms, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.

Phase I-A allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees.

Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.


First and foremost, it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and well-being of all while maintaining due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.

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 and maintaining supplies ongoing.


We will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan.  Importantly, leadership team members and volunteers must not be part of a “vulnerable population” (that is, not over the age of 65; no underlying medical condition such as diabetes, lung disease, undergoing cancer treatment, etc.).  I ask all of you who are younger than 65 and healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams:  Set-up Team, Greeting Team, or Cleaning Team.

The Reopening Leadership Team members and I will need to complete required training which will take place during the week of May 17.  Once we complete the training, we will need to go through certification approval from the Archdiocese.  St. Anastasia Parish will only open our church after the 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.

The guidelines and measures required to reopen are designed to protect our well being and that of the broader community.  Our collective patience, willingness to help, and the care we take to reopen is a demonstration or our unity and love for one another.  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 would like to volunteer, please contact me at 847-623-2875 or

For further information, please visit the Corona Virus Update Reopening Plan page on the Archdiocese of Chicago website.

In peace and with hope,

Fr. Dennis