Church Address & Phone Number
Heart of Mary
2401 N. Broad St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
504 N Main St
Emergency Phone: (309) 343-8256
220 N. Depot St.
Wataga, IL 61488
Phone: (309) 344-3161 ext: 1188
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Bishop Chairman Comments on Paycheck Protection Program
July 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – Following the publication of a national news story on Catholic churches receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response:
“The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental supplier of social services in the United States. Each year, our parishes, schools and ministries serve millions of people in need, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The novel coronavirus only intensified the needs of the people we serve and the demand for our ministries. The loans we applied for enabled our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency.
“In addition, shutdown orders and economic fallout associated with the virus have affected everyone, including the thousands of Catholic ministries -- churches, schools, healthcare and social services -- that employ about 1 million people in the United States. These loans have been an essential lifeline to keep hundreds of thousands of employees on payroll, ensure families maintain their health insurance, and enable lay workers to continue serving their brothers and sisters during this crisis.
“The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to protect the jobs of Americans from all walks of life, regardless of whether they work for for-profit or non-profit employers, faith-based or secular.
“Despite all of this, more than 100 Catholic schools have announced that they plan to close, with hundreds more facing an uncertain future. Businesses, hospitals, schools, and churches all across the country are facing many of the exact same problems.
“We will continue advocating for everyone negatively affected by this terrible pandemic, praying for all the sick, for all who have died and are in mourning, and especially the poor and vulnerable at this time of great need.”
Dear Members of the Galesburg Catholic Community:
With great joy, our prayers have been answered. As you know, we've been searching for a principal at our school. Over the last several weeks in conversations with Father Miller, Bishop Jenky, and Dr. Weiss, the conversation has been about the needs of the school and where that solution best comes from. Out of that conversation, Bishop Jenky and Dr. Weiss both thought that the best fit for the current time is me. I am happy to accept the assignment as principal of Costa Catholic Academy. While I will still remain the parochial vicar in the parishes in Galesburg and Abingdon, I will also assume the role of principal at the school effective today. I am excited about this opportunity and think it will be a great opportunity for growth and bridging for our parish communities and our school community.
I come to the position as the principal with a Master of Arts degree in Divinity and a Master of Arts degree in Moral Theology. I have received training in Mental Health First Aid, and I am currently pursuing another Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership. I've spent the last 19 consecutive years as a student, teacher, and administrative team member in our Catholic School system. Before coming to Costa, I've been assigned to and loved the opportunity to serve in the schools at St. Michael the Archangel in Streator, Marquette Academy in Ottawa, and Peru Catholic School in Peru. Additionally, I served for a three-year term after I was ordained on the Diocesan Education Commission for the Office of Catholic Schools.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend dedicated time in our school building and in our classrooms. In my time here, I have been greatly impressed by our faculty and look forward to working with these excellent teachers. I am also excited to spend more time with our students and families as we journey together in the academic and spiritual formation of our children.
I know there are many questions swirling about what the upcoming school year will look like and when we'll know about that. Rest assured, we are working on finalizing plans for re-opening our school building for the 2020-2021 academic year. As of now, at the recommendation of the Office of Catholic Schools and the Office of the Bishop, we will plan to open five days per week. We'll work to ensure that our school remains a safe environment for our faculty, staff, students, and families, and that appropriate precautions are taken during this continued time of public health crisis. I hope to finalize these details and share that plan with you with the next couple of weeks, if not sooner. I can tell you now though, our Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, and our first day (half day) back in the classroom will be Thursday, August 20.
Please know of my continued prayers for you and for the year to come. Please pray for me because you need holy priests, and I will pray for you because I need holy people.
God love you,
Fr. Jacob M. Rose
Principal, Costa Catholic Academy
Parochial Vicar, Galesburg Catholic Parishes
Online Giving is now available for every parish in the Diocese of Peoria. You can continue to support our parishes during this time of public health crisis by clicking the here or the picture above.
Also, check out the video below to see how easy, safe, and secure it is.
Two Communion Stations will be offered for the distribution of Holy Communion while the church buildings remain closed. Both stations, drive-up and walk-up, are accessible from the North parking lot of Corpus Christi Church. Please enter the north parking lot from the Prairie Street or Thompkins Street entrances - the traffic circle/fire lane will be for exit only traffic. Communion ministers will be wearing a mask and gloves for your protection and their own protection. Masks are not required for those receiving in their car.
For those who do not wish to leave their cars because of age, physical aptitude, or concern pertaining to COVID-19, please remain in your cars to receive Holy Communion. Car traffic will enter into the NORTH entrance of the traffic circle/ fire lane at the direction of those directing traffic then proceed safely to the Communion Minister. After occupants of the vehicle have received Holy Communion, the driver may proceed safely toward the Prairie Street exit and enter Prairie Street traffic flow in their preferred direction at the driver's discretion.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION IN YOUR VEHICLE
For those able to park and walk, they may walk to receive Holy Communion near the base of the Northeast staircase of Corpus Christi Church, nearest the rectory. Pedestrian traffic will walk toward the church on the sidewalk leading to the rectory/office. Walk-up communicants will return to their vehicles in the parking lot via the North sidewalk and by crossing the traffic circle back to the backing lot. Please keep safe and comfortable distance (at least 6') between your party and other communicants. Communion ministers will be wearing mask and gloves for your protection and their own protection. Masks are recommended for the communicants until they arrive at the communion station.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO THOSE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION VIA WALK-UP OPTION
We wanted to share a few online options with you so that you can still watch Mass
Here are a few options for you:
Live Monday-Saturday at 7:00 am on the EWTN Global Catholic Network
(rebroadcasts at 11:00 am, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm)
Live Sunday Mass is at 7:00 am
(rebroadcasts at 11:00 am & 11:00 pm)
Live Monday-Friday at 9:30 am on The CatholicTV Network (rebroadcasts 7:00 pm & 11:30 pm)
Watch online LIVE on CatholicTV.com or on any mobile device.
Celebrate the Catholic Mass live from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame's campus in South Bend, Indiana
Watch online LIVE Sundays at 10:00 am
all times Eastern