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Upon the completion of a certification process administered by the Archdiocese of Chicago, Madonna della Strada Chapel will reopen in stages. Starting July 26, the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass will be live streamed from Madonna della Strada Chapel. Starting August 2, the chapel will open at posted times for private prayer for groups of 10 or fewer, click here for more info and to sign up. With a target date of August 16, the chapel will begin to reopen for Sunday Mass and will be limited to groups of 25 or less.

During phase four of the state’s guidelines, prayer or worship rooms in the student complexes will reopen for the purposes of prayer or worship only, and will not be used for social purposes. Capacity will be limited to comply with social distancing. All worshippers and staff are required to follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices at all times. To view the Archdiocese of Chicago’s plan, which incorporates all city and state requirements, visit archchicago.org/es_MX/coronavirus.

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Campus Ministry Chapels and Prayer Spaces Guidelines

This policy is designed to cover the health and safety of all who use space and host events for prayer and worship at Loyola University Chicago. These guidelines will be updated by teams that are tracking the benchmarks, statistics, daily reports, etc. of local, state, and national authorities and will make the needed adjustments to daily operations and protocols.

Pre-requisite guidelines for chapels

The Archdiocese of Chicago has released a plan for prayer and worship that follows all city and state requirements. To view the plan, visit archchicago.org/es_MX/coronavirus 

Loyola will follow guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese, including the following:



Chapel Rules

These guidelines apply across faculty, staff, students, disciplines, departments, buildings, etc. Modifications and exceptions should be rare and only approved by an identified group (such as the Management, Policy, and Command section).

Madonna della Strada (MDS) guidelines

An MDS COVID leadership team has been established for managing operations and to supervise cleaning, set-up, and greeting. The following general guidelines have been established for worship and prayer:

Chapel set-up

  • All hymnals, response cards, and other materials will be removed from pews
  • All paper-based materials in the chapel will be removed for public use
  • Holy water will be removed and the font emptied
  • A locked offertory box will replace collection baskets
  • Signs will be posted with safety regulations in prominent places
  • During services, entry doors will be propped open, hand sanitizer will be made available, and some sections of the chapel will be closed
  • Confessional guidelines will be developed based on policies from the Archdiocese, with plans for appointments during limited open hours

Services

  • Chapel greeters will be on site at all services to:
    • Welcome attendees, note safety protocols, and provide instructions
    • Check online reservations
    • Politely and firmly turn away those who are symptomatic, not following procedures, or not properly registered
    • Ensure crowds maintain social distancing and exit through doors as directed
    • Work with the cleaning team to prepare, clean, and disinfect

Schedule

  • Sundays
    • 10:30 a.m. Mass (in person and live stream on YouTube)
    • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. prayer, adoration (live stream on Facebook), and confessions
    • 5:00 p.m. Mass (in person and live stream on YouTube)
  • Mondays and Tuesdays
    • CLOSED
  • Wednesdays
    • Noon Mass (live stream on Facebook)
    • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. open for prayer
    • 8:00 p.m. Taize prayer (live stream on Facebook or YouTube)
  • Thursdays
    • Noon Mass (live stream on Facebook)
    • 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. open for prayer
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. confessions
  • Fridays and Saturdays
    • CLOSED
  • Third Sunday organ concerts at 3:00 p.m. will be virtual and pre-recorded through December 2020

Chapel usage

  • All people in the chapel shall wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth, use hand sanitizer upon entry, and sit where directed.
  • By July 6, we expect to be certified by the Archdiocese for phase 1 and phase 1a. This provides the ability to have groups of 10 or less for the following services in the chapel: private prayer, adoration, weddings, funerals, and confessions.
  • By August 3, we expect to be certified by the Archdiocese for phase 2. This provides the ability to have groups at 20 percent capacity of MDS (100 people, as defined by the Archdiocese general standards) for the following services: Sunday Mass, weekday Mass, private prayer, adoration, weddings, funerals, and confessions.
  • Organ practice will be open to students and staff only when the chapel is not open for public use. No guests will be allowed.
  • Weddings will resume in November with occupancy limits based on certification from the Archdiocese and as set by University leadership.



All Saints Chapel

The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered at All Saints Chapel at a day and time to be announced. Otherwise the chapel will be closed.


Rosary Chapel

Rosary Chapel will be closed for general University use during the fall semester. We will reevaluate use of the chapel for the spring semester based on the current CDC, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and Red Cross guidelines.




Prayer Spaces Rules

During phase four of the state’s reopening guidelines, prayer or worship rooms in the student complexes will reopen for the purposes of prayer or worship only and will not be used for social purposes. Capacity will be limited to comply with social distancing. All worshippers and staff are required to follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices at all times.

Students will need to register in advance. Procedures for registration are currently being developed; information on specific worship spaces can be found below.

Musalla, Damen 235 and 237

The Musalla will be available for daily Muslim prayers. Students must register in advance by emailing Muslim chaplain, Omer Mozaffar, at omozaffar@LUC.edu.

Puja Room, Damen 238

Students can participate in Puja prayers daily from Monday through Friday. Students must register in advance by emailing Father Thomas Chillikulam at tchillikulam@LUC.edu.

Hindu Students’ Organization guidelines

  • The prayer room will remain locked. Campus Ministry staff will assist with access and work with students to schedule prayer times from Monday through Friday. There will be no access on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Signage will be posted inside the prayer room to assist with face covering and social distancing.
  • Prayer spaces will have taped prayer positions on the floor to assist with social distancing.


Hillel guidelines

A reservation system will be established for students who wish to use the Hillel Room. Students will be able to reserve a block of time of up to 60 minutes. For reservation information, contact Jewish Life Associate Caroline Spikner at cspikner@LUC.edu.

Manresa Room guidelines

  • The prayer room will be used as a one-on-one interaction room set with two chairs observing social distancing.
  • The prayer room will be managed by Campus Ministry staff for prayer.
  • Signage will be posted inside the prayer space to assist with face covering and social distancing. Signage outside of the space will be posted to assist with possible waiting lines.


Room 240

  • This space will be used for one-on-one spiritual direction and will be managed by Campus Ministry staff for prayer.
  • Signage will be posted inside the prayer space to assist with face covering and social distancing. Signage outside of the space will be posted to assist with possible waiting lines.
  • Prayer space will have taped prayer positions to assist with social distancing.


Room 232

  • This room will remain locked during the academic year.





Responsibilities

MDS staff

  • Maintain a dedicated physical presence during open hours; staff are not allowed to work on other projects and must be physically and mentally present during this time
  • Supervise staff and volunteers when greeting and ushering guests
  • Supervise staff and volunteers during cleaning

Ministry staff

  • Monitor prayer spaces to make sure they do not reach capacity
  • Assist with monitoring prayer space cleanings

Facilities

  • Develop one-way ingress/egress pathways
    • Enter through southeast door, exit through northeast door
    • Mark with blue tape directional markers for southeast entry, moving west up south aisle, moving north across main altar area, and east on north aisle to exit
    • Block northwest door to plaque room/quad
    • Block center aisle usage
  • Maintain physical environment such as signage for stairways, elevators, aisles, hallways, etc.
    • Support restroom needs
    • Block off stairwells to choir loft

Contractors/vendors

  • Clean high-touch surfaces and restrooms following open hours (Millard)
  • Visitors and guests:
  • Follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices at all times
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry

Department/leadership/supervisors

  • Obtain Archdiocesan certification for re-opening and communicate those policies with University leadership

University Marketing and Communication

  • Communicate through campaigns the guidelines and policies on campus protocol and ease of access

Campus Continuity Section

  • Continually review appropriateness of guiding principles and update documentation and communication as necessary
  • Apprise the Management, Policy, and Command section of new recommendations/decisions, as well as any complications to current planning


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