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Please see the below video for Pentecost Mass for 5/31/2020.

 Fr. Mike's Open Letter to Parishoners
RE: COVID-19          March 19, 2020

Important News about Re-opening

Letter Regarding the Re-Opening Plan for Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish
Amid the Dangers of Covid-19

OLMC Faith Family,

     My prayer is that you and all you love are blessed with good health and let us continue to pray for all who are struggling in any way.  As you may have seen, Bishop Pates recently published the plan for re-opening churches of the Diocese of Joliet.  To wit:

Phase One allowing of celebrations of Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings, and Funerals with a limit of ten attendees.
Phase One-A allowing the re-opening of church doors for private prayer and Adoration with the ten attendee limit.
Phase Two allowing resumption of weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines issued by the State of Illinois at a later date, and the capacity of our church facility considering safe spacing.

The OLMC Re-opening Plan

     First, it is important for everyone to understand that our design will prioritize the safety and well-being of all while honoring due respect and reverence for the sacraments and our Catholic norms.

I have called together a Parish Re-Opening Leadership Team and will appoint captains to guide our effort.  That Leadership Team has already participated in required training offered by the Diocese to ensure that our parish plan conforms to the guidelines developed by the Diocese in collaboration with civil and healthcare authorities.  We have begun to obtain the protective and cleaning supplies needed.

Volunteers Needed

     This I consider the most crucial part of this letter.  We are inviting as many parishioners as can step forward to assist with the various aspects of our parish re-opening.  Specifically, we seek those who are under the age of 65 and not of the “vulnerable population.”  I am especially encouraging high school and college age parishioners as well as young adults to step up and answer the call to assist in this essential effort.  We need you to help in one of the following capacities:

Set-Up.  Duties will include ensuring that all necessary supplies for each sacramental            celebration/gathering are ready for use and that entrances and exits are clearly marked to assist the congregants. 

Greeting.  Admittance of worshippers and welcoming our guests. Helping to guide the flow of people, making sure that attendees use hand sanitizer, are wearing a mask, and directing worshipers to appropriate seating spaces.

Cleaning.  Maintaining and cleaning trafficked and occupied areas of the church before and after    each liturgy.

      The Leadership Team will help in making sure that all volunteers are properly trained and ready.

      And we will be looking for individuals at each Mass time to step up into a leadership role in each of the three above-described categories. 

     To respond to this appeal for volunteers, please contact:

          Fr Mike at frmike.okeefe@ourladyofmtcarmel.org
          Sue Haa, our parish secretary, at receptionist@ourladyofmtcarmel.org
          Mary Prebys, our Youth Minister, at mary.prebys@ourladyofmtcarmel.org

      Or call the parish office 8am-4:30pm at 630 852 3303

Timing for Our Re-Opening

The parish Re-Opening Leadership Team is in the process of reviewing and completing the steps prescribed to all parishes as part of the re-opening certification process to be approved by the Diocese.  I am confident that we can accomplish all of the tasks necessary to be approved for Phases 1 and 1A in the next couple of weeks.  We must move at a pace that we deem appropriate to have all of the stipulations in place and sufficient volunteers on board.  Again, the need for voluntary parishioner assistance cannot be overstated.

     Making a prognostication as to when we will be able to resume weekend Masses with an increased number of attendees admitted is more difficult to assess.  First, we are dependent on approval from the Governor’s office.  Secondly, to have permission to proceed from the Bishop’s office, we must complete all the protocols of a process we have never been through before.  We are working at it.

     Another issue of which I would like to make you aware is that, when we are able to resume, we will have to limit the number of persons admitted for a given Mass.  One of the tasks of the Leadership Team will be to design some form of a registration for admittance ahead of time so that we can avoid turning people away at the doors and consequent hard feelings.  Limiting the number is necessary to minimize the risk of the spread of disease.  Please be alert for the announcement of that procedure and cooperative with it.  The guidelines and measures required to re-open are designed to protect the well-being of all with whom we come in contact.  Christ taught that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  Our collective patience, willingness to help, and the care we take to re-open will be evidence that we have listened to Him.

                                                                                                                God’s Peace to us all,

                                                                                                                Fr Mike       

This Week's Bulletin       

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. Our parish mission is We are the Church, alive with Christ, a diverse community rooted in faith, celebrating a liturgy of life.  We are prayerfully responsive to the Spirit of the living Gospel, freely and fully ministering to all.  

All Religious Education Classes Have Been Canceled Until Further Notice per Diocesan Directives

Statement from Bishop Pates Concerning COVID19

Letter to Parents from the Office of Youth Formation RE: COVID19

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Maps & Directions


            Saturday: 9:00am; 5:30pm (vigil)
            Sunday: 8:15 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
            Weekdays: 9:00am
            Confession: Saturdays 4:00 PM -4:30 PM

           Rosary Divine Mercy Chaplet –           Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

If you would like to help with re-opening our parish for masses, please come to an informational meeting on Thursday June 4th at 7pm!! 



We still have signs available. Contact the RE office if you would like to pick one up!

Important Updates


  • Our Food Pantry is still open.
    Hours of operation have been limited due to the COVID-19 crisis, but we are open on
    Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.
    You can drop off donations during the hours of operation listed above. We can use:

    Peanut butter and jelly
    Cake mixes
    Boxed side dishes
    Canned or jarred meatless spaghetti sauce,         please no pasta!
    Paper and plastic bags
    All paper goods other than toilet paper.
    Tea, boxes with individually wrapped tea bags

  • Confirmation has been postponed. We will inform you of the new date when we receive the information.
  • In light of the extended "Stay at Home" directives, First Holy Communion will be postponed. Pray for all our families! Stay safe and be healthy.
  • We will start Children's Liturgy of the Word as soon as Masses are able to be celebrated together again.

Online Faith Formation


The Diocese of Joliet has created a resource for families, produced in English and in Spanish, designed to help all parents draw their families into a deeper relationship with: God, one another, and with friends.  Although families cannot attend Mass, it is our hope that parents will lead their families to honor the Lord's Day and focus together on what is really most important. Click the picture above or the link  below Fr. Mike's weekly reflecction to the left.


Our Lady of Mt Carmel has purchased a subscription that allows access to formed.org
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To register go to formed.org enter our Parish Code 8bd394 and create a personal account.

We Still Need You!

All those who want to help our children grow in their faith, when we return, are required to follow the Safe Environment procedures which includes participation in a "Protecting God's Children" workshop. The diocese has now allowed on-line training for all volunteers. Please sign up for this extremely informative workshop. It does take about 90 minutes to complete, (Live workshops are three hours long).

Click Here for Virtus Web Site

Create A Ripple!- Use this with your family
June-Care for God's Creation

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