And I tell you, you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
~ Matthew 16:18-19 (NRSV)
St. Peter the Apostle
551 N. Rush Street | Itasca, Illinois 60143
Schedule of Services
Due to precautions taken in light
of the Coronavirus Pandemic, all Masses and Confession services have been canceled until further notice.
Due to precautions taken in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic,
the Parish Center is closed until further notice
630-773-1272 (ext. 1)
Please note that all group and on-site parish activities have been CANCELED or POSTPONED until further notice – events shown on the parish calendar may not reflect current information.
For questions concerning any specific events, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Reopening Plan and Call for Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan.
Importantly, leadership team members and volunteers must not be part of a “vulnerable population” (i.e., suffering from an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or lung disease; undergoing cancer treatment, etc.). Those over the age of 60 should consult with the Parish Leadership Team about possibly serving as a volunteer. Those under the age of 60, who are healthy with no underlying health conditions are asked to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams. Religious Education families, high school and college students,
as well as young adults, are especially encouraged to answer this call to volunteer for teams.
Specifically, here are the three teams being formed:
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, etc.
Greeting team. Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as
they enter the church, keeping attendance to 10 people or less at all times, 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. All approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies will be provided.
- PHASE 5 COVID-19 Protocols -
Guidelines for Mass Attendance and Parish Activities
(as of June 11, 2021)
The state of Illinois entered Phase 5 on Friday, June 11, 2021, which means that all sectors of society will fully reopen. The Diocese of Joliet will follow Illinois public health guidelines and offers. Click on the link below for details for church services and activities effective June 11, 2021:
NOTE: MASS SIGN-UP IS NO LONGER NECESSARY. Parishioners are invited to Mass without registration or seating restrictions. In accordance with current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, fully-e individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. (“fully-vaccinated” refers to people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose.) Individuals who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear masks.
The 10:00 am weekend mass will remain a "Safe" mass for those who still prefer to adhere to safety protocols. Alternate row seating will be in place; masks and hand sanitizer will be optional.
- REVISED -
Guidelines for Mass Attendance and Parish Activities
(as of August 19, 2021)
The progress of the COVID‑19 pandemic in Illinois remains unpredictable. The Diocese of Joliet continues to consult with public health, education, and civil authorities and modify requirements as conditions, mandates, and guidance change. We are committed to providing an integrated, safe, responsible, and balanced perspective. Faithful citizenship is key. We expect individuals to take personal responsibility for the common good, and their own safety. Remember that taking every precaution to reduce the spread of the virus is an act of charity toward others in Christ, particularly toward the sick, the elderly, and those too young to receive vaccine protection.
The Diocese of Joliet will follow Illinois public health guidelines and offers. Click on the link below for details for church services and activities effective August 19, 2021:
NOTE: MASS SIGN-UP IS NO LONGER NECESSARY. Parishioners are invited to Mass without registration or seating restrictions. WEARING A MASK is STRONGLY recommended for everyone – vaccinated or not – while INSIDE the church and parish facilities.
For those who prefer to adhere to distancing protocols, "Safe Seating" is provided at ALL masses. Please use the front left (west) section of the Church if you wish to maintain social distancing at mass. Alternate-row seating is in place; masks and hand sanitizer are encouraged.
Click HERE to see a chart of the "safe seating" section.
PARISH UPDATES / NOTIFICATIONS
During these unprecedented and ever-changing times, this section of the website will continue to provide updates to reflect changes to St. Peter the Apostle Parish activities and events, including weekend and weekday Mass schedules. Blast emails are also being sent out weekly to keep parishioners informed. Links to copies of the emails are included below.
If you are not currently registered to receive emails, you may sign up by clicking HERE.
Fr. Noesen continues to monitor the situation and will take guidance and direction from the Diocese of Joliet and will follow any protocol that may be deemed necessary by Bishop Ronald Hicks.
Everyone is urged to use personal judgment and be prudent in making decisions related to any activities for themselves and their families. For more information and recommendations, please visit the website for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
As of July 10, 2021:
> Weekly Updates (07/10/2021) can be viewed