With the growing concern regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), below are parish resources, preventative information, communication updates and important links. To learn more about the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and its symptoms, prevention & treatment, testing, and more, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Latest Video Messages


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

"Metropolitan Nathanael's COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund Update & More"

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael discusses the COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund, timing for distributions to parishes in need, the significance of the recent grant awarded by The Renaissance Fund, and what the pandemic represents for the Metropolis and its faithful.

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  • COVID-19 Safety Guidance to Parishes »

    August 20, 2021

  • The Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation: Revised Directives and Liturgical Rubrics »

    May 16, 2021

    Before celebrating the sacrament, the priest must have an orientation meeting with the child’s parents and sponsor; a similar meeting is required with an adult catechumen and his/her sponsor. Among other things, the priest must review with them the directives and liturgical rubrics.

  • The Divine Liturgy: Revised Guidelines »

    May 16, 2021

    As the pandemic landscape evolves, the Holy Metropolis had issued and revised certain directives concerning the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. These directives are to be used in conjunction with other Metropolis Directives (chicago.goarch.org/reopening-parishes) and special Orders and Directives issued by local authorities.

  • The Sacrament of Marriage: Revised Directives and Liturgical Rubrics »

    May 16, 2021

    Considering the ever-changing landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clergy and other parties involved (couple, sponsor, etc.) must understand, accept, and adhere to revised special directives and liturgical rubrics as outlined by the Metropolis and the updated guidelines set forth by local authorities.

  • Update on Parish COVID-19 Safety Measures »

    May 16, 2021

    With the latest developments in the effort to end the pandemic, effective immediately, subject to orders and directives of applicable state or local authorities, 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 observing social distancing.

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Assistance Programs   

Community Care Program for Seniors

If you or a loved one is a senior in need of in-home caregiving services, please consider whether you qualify for free services through the Community Care Program established by the Illinois Department on Aging. To learn more about the program or to apply for benefits, call the Senior Help Line at the Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966 or visit www2.illinois.gov\aging.


The Hellenic Foundation, which has served the Greek American senior community for decades, has bilingual staff members who are able to answer general questions about the Community Care Program. For more information, please call 773-631-5222 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit www.hellenicfoundation.org/community-care-program.