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Date/Subject Information
October 7, 2020

Policy change for personnel and buliding offices. Parish pastors and business managers notified by e-mail from the Buildings & Properties office:

"After review of scientific studies and in consultation with other diocese, parishes are no longer required to take temperatures of those coming to mass or work. The temperatures taken by themselves have a low efficacy. A parish may opt to continue this procedure if they wish, but it is not required.

NOTE: Schools are still required by the state to follow this protocol."

September 21, 2020

Memo from Bishop Pates regarding the reception of Holy Communion on the Tongue, at the discretion of the pastor and under strict guidelines.

August 28, 2020

A letter from Bishop Pates regarding a change to gathering limitations in Will and Kankakee counties, and other notes regarding holding meetings and events.

  • Reminder: Bishop Pates' June 24 letter addresses what to do in the event that someone reports a positive test.
August 28, 2018

Letter from Bishop Pates to Priests and Youth Formation leaders regarding the reopening of Youth Formation programs this Fall.

Audio Messages from Bishop Pates:

Message to Parents Announcing the Reopening of Youth Formation Programs and Ministries



Message for Parishes to Use to Help Recruit Adult Catechists and Volunteers



August 27, 2020 Letter from Bishop Pates to parish music directors and choir directors regarding liturgical music during the re-opening process. 
August 14, 2020 Message from Bishop Pates - Catholic Schools Opening Next Week
August 12, 2020 Update letter to pastors and youth formation leaders on the re-opening of programs and ministries in youth formation. (Attachment: Youth Formation Reopening Plan Form)
July 30, 2020

Letter from Bishop Pates to school pastors and principals/presidents of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Joliet regarding the re-opening of our schools - a clarification on information provided by the Catholic Schools Office prior to July 1, 2020

July 22, 2020 Letter from Bishop Pates to school pastors and principals/presidents of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Joliet - an update on school re-opening process.

July 16, 2020

Letter from Bishop Pates to priests, deacons, lay ministers regarding the celebration of Confirmation

July 6, 2020

Coronavirus update letter regarding a confirmed case at a diocesan parish, and reaffirming procedures to minimize risk at our offices.

July 1, 2020 Coronavirus update letter addressing reopening plan conformance; event attendance records; sanitizing requirements
June 30, 2020

Coronavirus update letter addressing various issues with re-opening, including contact tracing, homebound care and guidance for gatherings.

June 29, 2020
Regarding Youth Formation Programs

E-mail to Priests, Deacons, Diocesan Staff and Youth Formation Leaders from Bishop Pates

June 24, 2020

Coronavirus Update Letter from Bishop Pates, addressing:

  • Effects of Phase 4 of "Restore Illinois" Plan
  • Contact Tracing
  • Various and Sundry Issues for Ministers
June 23, 2020 Letter to Priests regarding the re-opening of Religious Ed and Youth Ministry Programs  
June 16, 2020 Announcement - Schools to Reopen in Fall 2020

June 9, 2020 Bishop Pates' Coronavirus Update to priests, deacons and volunteers, June 9, 2020
June 1, 2020 Bishop Pates' Coronavirus Update to priests, deacons and business managers, June 1, 2020
May 29, 2020 Memo from Bishop Pates regarding the new guidance issued by the State of Illinois.

May 27, 2020

Second follow up memo to priests and deacons - May 27, 2020

May 20, 2020

Follow up memo to priests and deacons - May 20, 2020

May 18, 2020

Phased Re-opening Detailed Plan

Diocese of Joliet detailed plan for parishes to re-open