Welcome to St. Peter's Catholic Church
in Chicago's Loop!
St. Peter's Church Reopens
Monday, June 8 ~ From 10:30 am until 3 pm
Mondays through Saturdays
For Confessions Only
May 28, 2020
Dear Friends of St. Peter’s:
I am writing to inform you that we intend to begin opening our church on Monday, June 8, 2020. We will do so in accord with the directives of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Initially the church will be open only for confessions. At a later date the nave of the church will be open first for private prayer and eventually for public Masses.
If you wish to go to confession, you must enter by the handicap door only. Penitents will be asked to wear a face mask or covering at all times. You will be welcomed and then directed down to the lower level either by the stairs or by the elevator. Once there, we will have the hallway marked with tape so that each person will be six feet apart. A maximum of ten people will be allowed inside at one time. Confessions will be heard in room B of the auditorium. A chair will be provided for the penitent, and it will be disinfected before the next penitent enters. When you are finished with your confession, you will be asked to return directly to the lobby in order to exit through the handicap door.
At St. Peter’s confessions, beginning on Monday, June 8, will be heard Monday-Saturday from 10:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. If you have any questions, please call our office at 312-372-5111.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rev. Kurt Hartrich, O.F.M.
A LETTER FROM CARDINAL CUPICH
Dear Friends in Christ,
These fifty days of Easter, leading to Pentecost, are marked by unprecedented suffering, as humanity has fallen victim to a perilous contagion. In addition to the threats to our physical wellbeing, we are suffering spiritually as the Covid-19 pandemic has required restrictions of our worship and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Surely, there have been moments in history when governments and rulers have persecuted Christians and banned their public worship. This is not one of them. Rather, the present restrictions come in response to an extreme medical emergency as local, state and federal authorities—specifically public health officials—legitimately fulfil their responsibilities to safeguard human life and the common good. They have based their reasonable guidance on careful consideration of empirical data and the best available disease-mitigation practices as they seek to contain the pandemic’s rampage through our communities.
While everyone must exercise good citizenship in observing these restrictions, I call on the Catholic faithful, as advocates for justice and charity, to comply with these regulations. From the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper,” a truth that must inspire us as we are called to sacrifice. We should also be motivated to cooperate with public safety norms, given our reverence for life and human dignity. This is, at its heart, a moment to proclaim the breadth and depth of what it means to be pro-life, particularly as this virus preys on the most vulnerable in our midst.
The good news is that a plan for a gradual reopening of our churches has now taken shape, as I note below. However, since our movements will be restricted as that plan unfolds in different phases, your pastors and bishops will continue for the present time to offer Mass in private each day and to livestream and broadcast Masses from our parishes and the archdiocese. I am particularly grateful to ABC-TV, Univision and Polvision in Chicago for giving us airtime every Sunday. These celebrations surely are not the same as gathering in our churches for Mass, but I know from hearing from many parishioners that they provide a great deal of solace and support in this time of uncertainty.
We must be honest. We expect this situation to continue for some weeks, and any plan for reopening our Churches for public worship must include every precaution to ensure public gatherings do not create a second wave of contagion, thus squandering the gains made through our sacrifice in these days.
With those realities in mind, I am heartened to announce that the Catholic Bishops of Illinois have reached an agreement with the Office of the Governor on a multi-phase Plan for reopening our churches for the celebration of the sacraments, private prayer, adoration and Mass. As I share the plan with you, both by way of an Executive Summary and the full Plan in the attachment, I want to assure you of my prayers for you and your family’s personal, material and spiritual wellbeing. I also express my appreciation to the many people on the archdiocesan staff and in the Office of the Governor for the many hours they have given to designing and fine tuning this agreement. Again, I call on all Catholics to seize this moment to exercise faith-filled citizenship in a way that reflects our deep regard for life, our calling as disciples of Jesus and our love of country.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Blasé Cardinal Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
Greetings from the rooftop courtyard at St. Peter’s Church in the Loop! Our doors may be closed, but our hearts remain open to the Word of God and to your prayers. We are blessed to be in reasonably good health and are coping with the shelter-in-place provisions much like many families are – movies, game nights, shared meals, etc. With you, we mourn the souls lost to this dreadful virus and pray for those who currently battle it. And, like you, we are eternally grateful to the men and women who risk their lives treating the afflicted, as well as those working to provide us all with essential services.
Please know that the friars are praying for you all daily and eagerly look forward to the day when we can be together in person once again to share in the sacraments, a few laughs, and perhaps a tear or two. May God’s grace touch us through all of these in our fragile, troubled world.
Together in Christ – peace, health, and all good to you,
The Friars of St. Peter’s Church
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Zoom Masses Now Available!
St. Peter's Fr. Ed Shea, O.F.M. will be celebrating Masses via Zoom three times per week from the Second Floor Chapel at St. Peter’s Church. The Masses will take place at 4 pm on Wednesdays (Bilingual); Saturdays (Spanish); and Sundays (English). If you’d like to attend these Masses on your computer or smart device, please use the following code: https://zoom.us/j/2594005572
St. Peter's Church is temporarily closed until further notice.
Prayers and blessings to the St. Peter's Family
during this uncertain time. Stay well.
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5:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Regular Mass Times
Monday - Friday: 6:15, 7:15, 8:15,
11:40 am, 12:15, 1:15, 5:00 pm
Saturday: 12 noon and 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00, 11:00 am, 12:30 and 6:00 pm
The Sacrament of Confession
is available at St. Peter's
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday from 12 noon - 4:30 pm
No appointment needed.
Enter the church and find
the confessional that is in use.
For those desiring to speak with a priest
Check in at the Front Desk in the Lobby
10:30 am to 6 pm
12 pm to 6 pm
Devotion and Prayer
Mondays & Wednesdays:
Evening Prayer after 5:00 pm Mass
St. Anthony Devotions after every Mass
Marian Devotions after 1:15 pm Mass
Monday - Friday 1:45-4:45 pm
Monday - Friday 4:45 pm
St. Peter's Book & Gift Shop
Closed Until Further Notice
Monday-Wednesday 10 am-3 pm
Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm
Sunday 9:30 am-2 pm
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St. Peter's Church Receives
Best of Chicago Churches Award 2019!
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