Dear Parishioners and Friends:
Christ is Risen!
Thank you for your prayers, support and involvement in our parish life, especially during the pandemic.
Today the Metropolis of Chicago issued new guidelines for Covid-19 protocols. These protocols return us to near normal (pre-pandemic) conditions for worship and activities in our parishes.
The following are a few highlights of the Metropolis’ letter, including protocols we will be implementing at SSPP.
From the Metropolis:
- “All parishes of our Holy Metropolis may cease requiring fully vaccinated people to use facemasks and observe social distancing. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing a facemask over the nose and mouth and observe social distancing.” Of note, individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- “All parishes are encouraged to resume regular programs and ministries, including, but not limited to in-person coffee and fellowship hours, meetings, classes, choirs, ministries and all other programs.”
- A section of our sanctuary will be reserved for those who wish to remain masked and physically distanced. If you wish to be seated in this section, please let ushers know when you enter the narthex so they may escort you to the proper section.
- Online registration for church attendance is no longer required. However, for contact-tracing purposes and to reduce the spread of the virus, parishioners will be required to check in upon arrival.
- We will no longer be taking temperatures. Persons who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to remain at home.
- We will no longer require hand sanitization, but sanitizer will be available, and everyone is encouraged to use it.
- Parishioners may resume veneration of holy icons and other sacred items.
- Parishioners may resume touching the communion cloth and wiping/blotting their mouth and lips.
- Candle distribution and lighting will resume as normal.
- Coffee and fellowship hour may resume, but pre-packaged or controlled distribution of refreshments is encouraged. Date of the first coffee hour is to be determined.
We rejoice at this good news and look forward to increasing participation in worship, fellowship and ministry in our parish. Glory to God!
Truly He is Risen,
+Rev. Dr. Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews, Protopresbyter
Mr. Keith Anderson, Parish Council President
Mr. Alexander Michalakos, Parish Safety Team Chair