Since being appointed St. Mary Mokena’s business manager last spring, Stephen Warunek has faced more challenges in a few months than some managers face in 10 years.
After 3-months of shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Diocese of Joliet has granted St. Mary Mokena approval to offer outdoor Masses with unlimited attendees if enough volunteers sign up to assist with key Eucharistic and health safety functions. The more volunteers that sign up, the more Masses St. Mary will be able to offer.
Below are frequently asked questions for parishioners considering volunteering.
Cars filled the upper lots of St. Mary Mokena this past weekend as many parishioners drove in to experience Mass for the first time in three months.
There are actually several reasons why we as Catholics can be thankful for the Covid-19 shutdowns. Not thankful for the virus, but thankful for the opportunities it creates for us to deepen our faith.
Bishop Richard Pates, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Joliet, has issued a decree removing the obligation of the faithful to receive Holy Communion this Easter season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, he urges Catholics to offer an Act of Spiritual Communion and a Perfect Act of Contrition.