Update March 21, 2020

Effective Saturday, 3-21-20 Through Tuesday, 4-7-20 

In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s announcement of a mandatory shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois, the St. John Brebeuf church, adoration chapel, and all other campus buildings are closed.

Private prayer in any parish building is discontinued at this time. There can be no gatherings anywhere on parish or school property, nor can any parish personnel or ministry organize gatherings at any other site. During this time there are no wakes, funerals, baptisms, or weddings.

Priests will continue to celebrate Mass privately, and will record and “livestream” Masses whenever possible. 

The Parish Office is closed until further notice. In the event of an emergency, parishioners can call the Parish Office (847-966-8145) and the answering service can forward a message to our priests.

During this crisis, we encourage all parishioners and friends of our parish to participate in the “Cardinal’s Call to Common Prayer.” Details can be found on the parish website.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of one another, and for staying united in prayer during this difficult time.

Fr. Mike Meany

Update March 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

This has been a difficult week, with many schedules turned upside-down and adjustment to new ways of dealing with things we often take for granted.

Our priests are continuing to offer daily masses, praying for all of you. I hope you are well and safe. This morning I remembered all of our parishioners and their families in my prayers. 

One of the things you and your family can do is to pray for all who need to work to keep our community safe:  hospital workers, police officers, firefighters, garbage and recycling collectors, grocery store employees, pharmacy workers, and others. Perhaps you have family, friends, or neighbors in these roles and could include them by name. Some are making a list and reading it aloud, responding, “Lord hear our prayer,” as a part of dinner prayer or bedtime prayer.

In the coming weeks we will be providing more examples of prayer at home, especially during Holy Week. This weekend, we will send out videos and links to Masses. Beginning next week, we will also send readings and reflections each morning. Our hope is that this will give you a way to stay grounded in faith during these challenging times.

Please take care of yourselves and your families. Rest, eat regular meals, exercise if possible, and take time to pray. Try if possible to switch gears and read a novel or do something to change your focus away from the pandemic. This self care will help us to be ready when called upon in the future.

I know this can be difficult, especially for our senior citizens who may face long days with little interaction and for our families with young children suddenly spending every minute of every day together without interruption. Please pray for each other and support each other. 

The old saying,"'a day at a time" is wise advise.

I pray that our inability to publicly celebrate Holy Week due to health concerns does not diminish our hope and the bond of unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. Together, even if via the TV, we will celebrate the Paschal Mystery and find strength in our faith.


Fr. Meany


A message from Bishop Ron Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago
March 19, 2020

The Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly, nor will we hold our annual Day of Reflection. Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops will celebrate the Mass in Holy Name Cathedral, which will be broadcast for the benefit of the faithful to view in their homes.

Holy oils will not be distributed until the current health crisis is abated.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly in our parishes.

There are NOT to be any public celebrations, even outside including live Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

There are NOT to be any distribution of blessed palms; however, if a priest blesses palms privately, those palms may be reserved for distribution at a later date to be determined by the USCCB and/or Archdiocese of Chicago.

Easter sacraments for RCIA candidates and catechumens are to be postponed – guidance will be provided later on when they might be celebrated after this crisis subsides.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper (without washing of the feet), the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops in Holy Name Cathedral without a congregation and will be livestreamed. If/when the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated privately in your parish, it is not to include the ritual of the washing of feet.

There should be no Communion services currently nor during Holy Week until we are cleared to return for public liturgies.
Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines by allowing no more than 10 people to gather together at one time inside or outside the church, practicing social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting of churches after use.

Again, these guidelines and all current liturgical guidance, in line with that of the CDC and competent authorities.

On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, let us invoke his intercession for the virtue and guidance we all need to lead our parish families during this difficult time.

St. Joseph, Mirror of Patience and Protector of the Holy Church, pray for us.


Bishop Ron Hicks


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Friday, March 13, 2020


Dear St. John Brebeuf Parish, School and Religious Education  School Members,

This morning, our parish received more information from the Archdiocese of Chicago concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This information was developed in collaboration with government health officials. 

Cardinal Cupich mandated the suspension until further notice of all liturgical services effective Saturday evening with regularly scheduled weekend masses. In addition, he has mandated the closing of schools operated by the Archdiocese, and closing the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice. 

By exception, funerals scheduled for Saturday may proceed observing the guidelines issued by the Governor of Illinois, limiting participation to no more than 250.  Future funerals and weddings will be decided on a case by case basis after further consultation with Archdiocese officials. Links to these statements can be found on our website at www.sjbrebeuf.org.

This weekend


In addition to the suspension of all  weekend masses, let me address what will happen this weekend regarding other parish activities.

The Adoration Chapel will be closed at 1 p.m. today.  The Adoration Chapel will remain closed until further notice.

The Stations of the Cross planned for 3:15 pm and 7:00 pm will take place.

There will be no Divine Mercy Holy Hour scheduled for 3 p.m.

There will be no Polish Bible Study group this evening.

This evening’s Fish Fry is cancelled. 

The Nicholas Copernicus School of Polish Language and Culture will not be in session this Saturday and until further notice. 

The Youth Ministry Retreat and the planned Taizé service are cancelled for Saturday evening. 

The GLADD meetings planned for Saturday morning and all future GLADD meetings are cancelled until further notice. 

The Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday evening is cancelled. Individually prepared meals will be available for carry out only, for those who have already purchased, and may be picked up in the Parish Ministry center on Saturday between 5:30-7:00 pm. Please contact the Knights of Columbus if you have questions.

We encourage all parishioners to watch the weekly broadcast of Sunday Mass from Mercy Home, which can be found at www.mercyhome.org/sunday-mass/

Beginning Monday, March 16

Beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice, we will cancel all our weekday morning masses and our Wednesday evening Polish mass. The Friday Stations of the Cross are cancelled along with all normal scheduled confession hours on Saturday. All weekend masses will be cancelled.

Beginning Monday, March 16, all meetings and events including our School and Religious Education classes will be cancelled until further notice. Golden Agers meetings are cancelled until further notice.

We will await further information regarding Holy Week and Easter activities.

The church will be open from 9:00 a.m. until noon from Sunday through Saturday for private prayer. All other parts of our parish campus will be closed to the public. 


Please note that our parish will be a polling place, and we will be open in accordance with the guidelines for polling places. We encourage you to vote early.

Parish Office 

Our Parish Office will remain open for critical business only, with modified hours from 9:00 am until noon from Sunday through Saturday. Please refrain from visiting the Parish Office. 

We encourage parishioners to communicate via phone and email. Until further notice we will only take Mass intentions via phone or via email, and payments for intentions must be mailed to the parish office. 

Please conduct all other business via phone, email, and regular mail. The parish office may be reached at 847-966-8145 or office@sjbrebeuf.org. Our staff remains ready to assist all parishioners.



Any parish changes and announcements will be communicated via our Weekender email blasts, the parish website (www.sjbrebeuf.org), and via Facebook. We will also communicate via direct email to ministry leaders so that they can share the information directly with volunteers. The parish bulletin will also continue to contain all important communications. School information will continue to be communicated via direct email blasts to parents, via website, and via social media.

As you know, we continue to closely monitor the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have already implemented the measures recommended by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and will continue to follow these procedures. These include proper hand washing and special instructions during all Masses designed to limit the spread of illness. Please see this week’s parish bulletin for more information.



The recommended ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:

Stay home if you are sick, unless seeking medical care.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Cover your cough or sneeze.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.

If you have recently returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing spread of COVID-19, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

There is no recommendation to wear masks to prevent yourself from getting sick.

I encourage you to pray for the families affected by this situation and for our nation.

Yours in Faith,

Fr. Mike Meany

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dear St. John Brebeuf Parish and School Community Members,

We continue to monitor the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). As I wrote yesterday, we have already implemented the measures recommended by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and will continue to follow these procedures. These include proper hand washing and special instructions during all Masses designed to limit the spread of illness. 

Dr. Rigg, who is Superintendent of the Archdiocese Schools, was in communication with our school principal Dr. Maloney earlier today. Below is a statement from her based on consultation with Dr. Rigg and staff from the Archdiocese Office of Schools.

Here again, this does not change any of the procedures we have already put into place.

Please continue to pray for the families affected by this situation and for our nation.

Yours in Faith,

Fr. Mike Meany


Dear parents,

We have been informed that Resurrection College Prep High School has closed today and tomorrow because a member of their school community was in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). You may be aware that some of our 7th grade students shadowed at Resurrection on Friday; however, the school has informed us that the individual who had contact with the diagnosed individual was NOT at school on the shadow day (Friday, March 6th). Therefore, we do not see any immediate reason for concern at St. John Brebeuf and will continue to remain open and conduct classes as usual. Should circumstances change, we will notify you immediately. As always, we are in close contact with the Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools and monitoring these developments. This decision is based on continuing guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

We continue to make your children's health and safety our top priority. If you have questions about COVID-19, I encourage you to contact the CDPH.


Dr. Mary Maloney


Monday, March 9, 2020

Dear St. John Brebeuf Parish and School Community Members,

As you know, we have been monitoring the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have already implemented the measures recommended by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and will continue to follow these procedures. These include proper hand washing and special instructions during all Masses designed to limit the spread of illness. 

The Archdiocese issued a statement this morning directed to all Archdiocesan schools and parishes that I wanted to share with you in collaboration with Dr. Maloney. This does not change any of the procedures we have already put into place.

I encourage you to pray for the families affected by this situation and for our nation.

Yours in Faith,

Fr. Mike Meany



Guidance re: COVID-19 incident at Vaughn High School in Chicago


Bishop Ron Hicks Dr. Jim Rigg

Vicar General Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools

We have been monitoring the news about the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), particularly the cases identified in the Chicago area. The archdiocese has issued guidelines for worship services based on advice from public health authorities and we have joined with the Holy Father in praying for all affected by this epidemic. 

We are writing today to share developments that may have an impact on some archdiocese facilities. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recently confirmed a case of COVID-19 involving a staff member at Vaughn Occupational High School, a Chicago public school. The CDPH has stated that the immediate health risk to the general public from this case remains low. The CDPH recommended that anyone present at Vaughn School between February 25 and March 6 self-quarantine. The CDPH and CPS also advised that:

“People who were not at Vaughn between February 25 and March 6 do not have restrictions at this time, even if they have been in contact with someone at Vaughn. They can attend work and school, as long as they are not sick. This applies to:

  • Family members, care providers or those who share a household with Vaughn students, staff, and service providers

  • Students, faculty and staff at other schools or other members of the community who may have come into contact with members of the Vaughn community

  • Students who shared the bus with Vaughn students”

Based on this guidance, and our own contacts with CDPH and Illinois Department of Public Health we are not closing archdiocese schools where a student or staff member has a connection with Vaughn. 

We will follow the same guidance for other cases of secondary family exposure. Students and staff with a family member who might have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will be allowed to attend work and school, as long as they are not sick

The health and safety of our Parish and School communities is our first priority. We ask that you join us in protecting our community by following the guidance of public health authorities and your medical provider. It is critically important that our community share only trusted sources of information. 

For the most reliable information, please visit:

We will continue to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials will update you as our situation changes or more information becomes available. Please email preparednessaoc@archchicago.org if you have concerns or questions of the archdiocese or the Office of Catholic Schools.

As a faith community, we must respond with compassion and prayer to everyone affected by the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, particularly those who do not have access to medical and community support. We will include these brothers and sisters in our prayers for the sick and those who have died. Please keep our community in your prayers and know that we are praying for you.
Wytyczne dotyczace nablizszych dni w naszej parafii

Piatek, 13 Marca, 2020

Drodzy parafianie Sw. Jana Brebeufa, czlonkowie Szkoly i Religious Education, 

Tego poranka nasza parafia otrzymala informacja z Archidiecezji Chicago dotyczace zagrozenia Koronawirusem. Ta informacja zostala rozwinieta we wspólpracy z rzadowymi reprezentantami z Ministerstwa Zdrowia. 

Kardynal Cupich wprowadzil zawieszenie wszystkich celebracji liturgicznych (Mszy, nabozenstwo) zaczynajac od soboty wieczora (14 marca). Dodatkowo, do odwolania zamkniete zostaly wszystkie szkoly kierowane przez Archidiecezje, Centra Parafialne i biura powiazane z tymi organizacjami. 

Jako wyjatek, pogrzeby zaplanowane na sobote sa kontynuowane zgodnie z wytyczymi gubernatora Illinois, ograniczajace uczestnictwo grupy do 250 osób. Przyszle pogrzeby i sluby w naszej parafii beda indywidualnie rozpatrywane w konsultacji z Archidiecezja. Link to szczególów tych decyzji mozecie odnalezc pod www.sjbrebeuf.org.

W ten weekend


Dodatkowo chcialbym z Wami podzielic sie szczególowymi decyzjami dotyczacymi nadchodzacych dni:

Kaplica Adoracji zostanie zamknieta dzisiaj o 1pm i pozostanie zamknieta do odwolania, 

Nabozenstwa Drogi Krzyzowej zaplanowane o 3:15pm i o 7pm odbeda sie zgodnie z planem. 

Nabozenstwa Gorzkich Zali w najblizsza niedziele nie bedzie. 

Nie bedzie godziny swietego o 3pm w Kaplicy Adoracji. 

Polska Grupa Biblijna zostala na dzis wieczór odwolana

Spotkanie Fish Fry zostalo odwolane

Zajecia Polskiej Szkoly w te sobote zostaly odwolane. 

Rekolekcje Grupy Mlodziezowej i nabozenstwo Taize w te sobote zostalo odwolane

Zajecia grupy GLADD zostaly zawieszone do odwolania. 

Zabawa z okazji sw. Patryka zorganizowana przez Rycerzy Kolumba w te sobote zostala odwolana. Indywidualnie zapakowane posilki beda dostepne do odbioru dla tych którzy zakupili je z wyprzedzeniem, i beda dostepne do odbioru w Centrum Parafialnym w sobote od 5pm do 7pm. Prosimy o kontakt z Rycerzami Kolumba o szczególy. 

Zachecamy wszystkich parafian do uczestnictwa we Mszy poprzez transmisje online z Mercy Home, pod adresem www.mercyhome.org/sunday-mass 

Poczawszy od poniedzialku, 16 marca:

Do odwolania zostaly zawieszone wszystkie poranne i wieczorne Msze swiete w ciagu tygodnia, a takze Drogi Krzyzowe w piatki oraz sobotnia spowiedz. Msze w weekend równiez zostaly zawieszone. 

Wszystkie spotkania oraz zajecia szkoly oraz Religious Education zostaly odwolane. 

Spotkania grupy Golden Agers zostaly zawieszone do odwolania. 

Bedziemy oczekiwac kolejnych wytycznych dotyczacych celebracji Wielkiego Tygodnia oraz Triduum Paschalnego. 

Kosciól pozostanie otwarty codziennie od 9am do 12pm na mozliwosc modlitwy osobistej. Pozostale miejsca naszej parafii zostana zamkniete.  

Biuro parafialne:

Biuro parafialne pozostanie otwarte tylko dla spraw niecierpiacych zwloki, godziny otwarcia beda zredukowane od niedzieli do soboty od 9am do 12pm. 

Zachecamy parafian do komunikacji z biurem parafialnym przez telefon lub email (847 966 8145, office@sjbrebeuf.org).  Intencje mszalne beda przyjmowane przez telefon, a ofiare prosimy przesylac droga pocztowa do biura parafialnego. 


Jakiekolwiek zmiany i komunikaty beda przekazywane przez Weekender email., parafialna strone internetowa (www.sjbrebeuf.org) i przez parafialny profil Facebook. Komunikacja tez bedzie bezposrednia do liderów parafialnych przez email aby oni przekazali informacje dalej swoim podopiecznym. Informacje beda tez przekazywane przez biuletyn parafialny. Informacje dotyczace szkoly bede przekazywane droga emailowa bezposrednio do rodziców, przez strone internetowa i przez social media. 

Jak wiecie monitorujemy z uwaga sytuacje rozprzestrzeniania sie Koronawirusa. Juz wcielilismy w zycie poprzednie rozporzadzenia Archidiecezji Chicago i bedziemy kontynuowali te wytyczne. 


Zalecane sposoby zapobiegania roznoszenia Coronawirusa to:

Zostan w domu kiedy jestes chory, chyba ze potrzeba opieki medycznej, 

Myj rece czesto mydlem i woda przez przynajmniej 20 sekund, 

Zaslaniaj usta przy kaszlu i kichaniu, 

Unikaj dotykania swoich oczu, nosa, i ust nieumytymi rekami, 

Staraj sie unikac uscisku reki, na rzecz pomachania albo “fist bump”

Jesli niedawno wróciles/las z kraju, stanu, albo regionu gdzie ma miejsce stale rozprzestrzenianie sie Coronawirusa, obserwuj swój stan zdrowia i stosuj sie do wytycznych sanitarnych. 

Nie zalecamy zakladania masek w celach prewencyjnych.  

Zachecam Was abyscie otoczyli modlitwa rodziny dotkniete choroba i za nasz kraj. 

Wasz w Chrystusie

Ks. Michal Meany 

W Chicago transmisje Mszy swietych online w niedziele beda:

– z Osrodka Jezuickiego o 8:00 am


– z parafii sw. Wladyslawa o 10:30 am i 1:30 pm



The concept of the Parish Pastoral Council  came from the Second Vatican Council.  The Parish Pastoral Council consists of twelve volunteer parishioners who support and counsel the pastor in his leadership role.  The Council meets each month, gathers information about issues of importance in the parish, discusses the parishioners' feelings about the issues and helps the pastor in determining direction.  The most important issue is the spiritual well being of the parish. 

Current Council Members:

Chair: Elaine Merkel

Carolyn Drblik

Richard Prucnal

Elizabeth Smereczynski

Ginny Wolff

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