Indoor Mask Mandate

The City of Chicago announced on Tuesday, August 17th that face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces for all people over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status. Our Vicar General, Bishop Robert Casey, has issued the following guidelines.

“Masks are now required indoors for all clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners inside archdiocesan facilities in the City of Chicago.  This includes Masses, liturgies and all activities/events within the parish.

Please remember that masks are required of everyone inside all archdiocesan school buildings, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status and regardless of the school location.  And masks are to be worn regardless of vaccination status, in all parish and agency offices, campus ministry facilities, and Pastoral Center offices.

Our priority remains the safety of all God’s People, which is why we align our guidelines with the current guidance of our public health authorities. As their guidance changes, so must ours.”

Mesh masks are not permissable.

Well-fitting masks featuring 2 or more layers of fabric and an adjustable nose wire are required. Reusable cloth masks and disposable masks both fit this description.

When you enter the Old St. Mary’s facilities for Mass or any other activities, you will need to wear a mask.    The Greeting of Peace during Mass should be contactless outside immediate family or household members.

COVID-positive Parishioners

Since we are no longer requiring Mass registration, it is important to let us know if :

  •  you receive a COVID-positive diagnosis AND your symptoms started with 48 hours of attending Mass and/or a parish meeting, OR
  • you receive a COVID-positive diagnosis and the date the test was administered was within 48 hours of attending Mass and/or a parish meeting.

Please send an email to or call the parish office, 312-922-3444, ext. 23.

We at Old St. Mary’s are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Thank you for your care and compassionate help!

Fr. Brad Schoeberle, CSP


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