Precautions, Information, and Impact.
Daily Live Streaming Mass
Daily 8:00am Mass from the Old Church is now streaming on Facebook Live Monday - Friday. Click here to view on our Facebook page.
Sunday Live Streaming Mass
Mass will be live streamed from the Main Church on Sunday's at 10:00am. Click here to view.
May 24, 2020
Coronavirus Gradual Re-Opening
St. Patrick’s will be gradually offering opportunities to pray and receive the sacrament of Penance in the weeks ahead.
Starting this Saturday, May 30, confessions will be heard in the main church from 4:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon, under the following conditions:
All penitents must wear a face mask or covering; you won’t be admitted to the church unless your mouth and nose are covered.
Hand sanitizer must be used upon entering the church. Sanitizer will be available at the center doors of the main entrance. Although you may exit the church through any doors, entry to the church is only possible through the center doors of the main entrance on the south side of the building.
Social distancing must be maintained at all times. Please stay at least 6 feet away from other penitents.
A maximum of 10 penitents is permitted inside the church at any time. If there are 10 people already in church, you will be asked to wait outside. You can wait under the porticos or anywhere else on the parish grounds, as long as you maintain social distancing.
If you choose to confess behind the confessional screen, you are asked to clean the screen area with a sanitary wipe before leaving the confessional. Sanitary wipes will be provided.
Since there is no 5:00pm Mass, I will continue to hear confessions until the last penitent has finished.
Beginning Monday, June 1, the main church will be open for private prayer Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm under the same conditions: a face covering must be worn, social distancing maintained, and no more than 10 people in church at any time. If anyone cannot enter the church because there are more than 10 people already praying, those who have been there the longest will be asked to leave in order to accommodate those who are waiting.
These directives are all dictated by state law and current archdiocesan policies.
Even the partial reopening of the church requires a large number of volunteers to serve as “greeters,” i.e., those who will welcome people to the church and see that all the safety policies are followed, and others who will help with the sanitation of the church after it has been opened. Volunteers must not be older than 65 or have an underlying medical condition. High school students may volunteer with the permission of their parents. Those over 65 or who have an underlying medical condition may volunteer provided that they understand the risk involved and are willing to take that risk. If you wish to volunteer, please call the parish office and leave a message.
May 13, 2020
Coronavirus Re-Opening Plans
Cardinal Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago have announced a plan for the gradual re-opening of our churches. Click here to read the plan.
April 5, 2020
Dispensation from Easter Obligation
Cardinal Cupich has issued a decree dispensing all Catholics from the obligation to receive Communion and go to Confession during the Easter season. Read the decree by clicking here.
April 5, 2020
A Brief Reflection for Palm Sunday
View a video message from Msgr. Dempsey for Palm Sunday
March 27, 2020
Video Message from Msgr. Dempsey
View a video message from Msgr. Dempsey on parish updates due to the health crisis.
March 26, 2020
A Meditation for 5th Sunday of Lent
Read Msgr. Dempsey's Meditation for the 5th Sunday of Lent.
March 24, 2020
Cardinal Cupich Video
View the video of Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, offering a message of hope and encouragement to Catholic School students and their families.
March 21, 2020
Monsignor Dempsey Letter
Read the letter from Msgr. Dempsey to our parish community.
March 21, 2020
Church Campus Closed
By order of the Most Rev. Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, all churches, chapels, and parish offices are to remain closed until after April 7. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
March 19, 2020
The Archdiocese of Chicago has issued the following new guidelines that will be implemented at St. Patrick Church.
The Chrism Mass will not be celebrated publicly, nor will the annual Day of Reflection be held.
Holy oils will not be distributed until the current health crisis is abated.
Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly.
The Religious Education and Confirmation Programs will be suspended until further notice in conformity with new Archdiocesan policies. We will keep you updated when we know classes will re-start.
There will be no public celebrations, event outside including live Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
There will not be any distribution of blessed palms; however, if a priest blesses palms privately, those palms may be reserved for distribution at a later date to be determined by the USCCB and/or Archdiocese of Chicago.
Easter sacraments for RCIA candidates and catechumens are to be postponed –guidance will be provided later on when they might be celebrated after this crisis subsides.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper (without washing of the feet), the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops in Holy Name Cathedral without a congregation and will be livestreamed. If/when the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated privately, will not include the ritual of the washing of feet.
There will be no Communion services currently nor during Holy Week until we are cleared to return for public liturgies.
We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines by allowing no more than 10 people to gather together at one time inside or outside the church, practicing social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting of churches after use.
March 18, 2020
Guidelines and Policies on Funerals, Wakes and Viewings, and Committals to Clergy and Parish Staff.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has issued guidelines and policies on funerals, wakes and viewings. These guidelines clarify and reiterate current guidelines and policies, keeping in mind that those already issued by Cardinal Cupich on Friday, March 13, allow for funerals and other liturgies under certain conditions. These guidelines and policies are in effect until further notice.
March 17, 2020
Impact and Updates
As many of you are aware, in compliance with the March 13 announcement by the Archdiocese of Chicago due to the Coronavirus, public Masses have been suspended, Religious Education and Confirmation classes have been cancelled until April, and church events cancelled or postponed until their next scheduled dates in April.
As we all know, the Coronavirus pandemic is an evolving situation, so naturally, things are subject to change. We are updating our website with new information often, so this is the best place to keep current with parish news. Please check our website often to receive the most up-to-date details in our parish life. In the meantime, our church campus remains open daily until 4:00pm for private prayer and the Ministry Office remains open, but is operating under reduced hours from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
During this period of time, while public Masses are suspended due to the Coronavirus and as directed by the Archdiocese of Chicago, our office staff continues its daily support of our parish. Although Masses are suspended, our expenses are not. Utility bills, salaries, facility maintenance, and other expenses still must be paid, despite our empty collection baskets.
We ask that you prayerfully consider continuing your support of St. Patrick during these challenging times. You may mail your weekly envelope and contribution to the parish office to the address below or donate on our website through Give Central by clicking here.
St. Patrick Church
991 S. Waukegan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
In keeping with the guidelines established by the Archdiocese of Chicago, St. Patrick Church has instituted the following practices to help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Until further notice at St. Patrick’s:
Holy water fonts will be empty;
You are asked to refrain from physical contact during the Sign of Peace—a simple nod, smile, wave, etc. will suffice. Family members, of course, are welcome to greet one another as they wish;
Holy Communion will be distributed under the appearance of bread only; those who cannot receive a regular host, may request a low-gluten host, as several of our parishioners already do. Please remember the Catholic doctrine of concomitance, i.e., the whole Christ, Body, Blood, soul, and divinity, is received under each appearance, so that if you receive under one appearance only, you are not deprived of any of Christ’s presence or grace;
While it remains the individual’s choice to receive Holy Communion in the hand or on the tongue, the Archdiocese asks you to consider, for the time being, the possibility of receiving the Eucharist in the hand.
Lastly, please remember per canon law (cf. canons 85 and 87, code of canon law, 1983), a dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass is granted to:
Those of any age who are currently ill;
Those with an underlying health condition;
Moreover, any person over 60 years old may choose to use this dispensation.