St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket Parishes
March 20, 2020
Dear Families,

With the Governor's order to shelter in place, if we didn't know that our lives will be different in the short term, we know it now. In addition, because of the risk of infection, our celebrations of Holy Week and Easter have be suspended by Cardinal Cupich.

We continue to support each other in prayer. I also wanted to make some links and materials available to you which might be of help in your family lives.

As you certainly know, children thrive on routine.  All of our routines are disrupted.  We hope that the following can help you in setting up a new routine in your home.

massesOur parish lives will continue from afar for the time being.  You can watch the masses at both St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket online

Cardinal Cupich has asked us to unite in prayer at certain times of the day for specific intentions.  (A good suggestion might be to put these times and the intention as alarms into your phone.)

Magnifikid, a subscription publication, has made their materials available online for free during this time.  Check it out.  It is a wonderful way to involve your child in the Sunday mass readings and prayers. 

The daily Scripture readings at mass can be  found here.

This  nighttime prayer  might be a good resource to settle your child into bed with assurance and to allay anxiety.
Pray this novena with your family to help us deal with coronavirus.

I found this  article by a cloistered nun who has tips for 'social distancing' both good and practical.

 is offering their service for free in the next two weeks.  They have an excellent mini-series,  Chosenwith each episode about the people who met and interacted with Jesus.  It is very well produced.

Please also keep in mind that both parishes (any parish) pay salaries and bills with the funds you donate.  (And fundraisers have been cancelled for the immediate future.)  Please keep up your parish donations, if you are able, even if we cannot gather for mass.  You can donate electronically to St. Emily here and to St. Thomas Becket here.
Quick Links
St. Emily Parish
Catherine Crino, DRE
St. Thomas Becket Parish
Renata Sosin, CRE