COVID-19 Update May 8 2020

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Dear Friends of King’s House

First I want to assure you that you have not been forgotten by us and that you and your loved ones have been in the daily prayers of the Oblate Community and the staff at King’s House.

We regret not being able to open our doors to welcome you back on a retreat. Trust that we too are anxious in welcoming you back. Our house is not a home without you! As of Friday, May 8, 2020, we are at phase 2 of the State of Illinois reopening phases which do not allow us to be open for retreats or services.

All of the May retreats and programs have been cancelled and we have reached out to the affected groups.

Phase 3 of the plan does not allow us to open our doors for retreats or programs but we will get the Retreat House ready and in top shape to welcome you when we eventually reach phase 4.

When we reach phase 4, we will welcome groups for retreats and programs following all State and Diocesan guidelines of social distancing and face coverings as required. Know that from our end, not only will we keep the high standard of cleanliness that you are used to, we will implement extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures to keep you everyone safe and comfortable. We want you to relax and get cozy as you usually would.

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, will be joining us live via Zoom for his retreat.

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, is scheduled for the retreat “Spirituality and the Seasons of our Lives” June 19-21, 2020. It seems highly unlikely that we will be able to have a full house as we are used to for this retreat. It seems unlikely we would be at phase 4 by this date. The good news is that this weekend will still happen via Zoom. Fr. Ron will be live through Zoom and will be able to give his conferences and even take questions live from his headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, and you can join this retreat from your own home. We will have information on registering for this virtual retreat very soon.

What a way to kick off a “virtual Retreat” than with our very own Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI. We will make registering for this and any other future online retreats as smooth and simple as possible.

We are working on a solution for the first of the Summer Directed Retreat scheduled for June 22-29, 2020.

July looks more promising. Lets us praying for all people affected by the COVID-19 Virus and for all the people working to keep us safe and fed.

I will update you again by May 31, 2020 or sooner if something different were to happen. God bless you and know that Fr. Mark Dean,OMI, and I remember you in our daily prayers and Mass.

Fr. Sal Gonzalez, OMI, Director

COVID Updated on April 24, 2020

Yesterday afternoon Governor Pritzker announced that we will continue to shelter in place through the month of May.

All programming for MAY will have to be cancelled.  Women Religious who had signed up for the retreat May 4-10 will be receiving a refund in the next few days for all fees collected.

We are still hopeful that the directed retreats will be able to proceed as planned.  Once change is that we will NOT be able to offer massages this year.  It is hard to get a massage from 6 feet away.  Sorry about this inconvenience.

Once again, we look forward to opening our doors once again and welcoming you all home.

More cancellations in April 2020

As we strive to comply with the directives we are receiving from the President and the Governor of Illinois, all programs through the end of April are cancelled.

This includes:

Women’s Palm Sunday Retreat

Men’s Holy Week Retreat

Women’s Quiet Retreat – April 17-19

Men’s Quiet Retreat – April 24-26

Spiritual Cinema – April 21

Taize – April 22

35+ Luncheon – April 23  (We will reschedule after things get back to “normal”)

All AA meetings

All High School Groups

Please be safe!  Please be gentle with yourselves during this challenging time.  Please be assured of our prayers.

 

Update on Closings – as of March 24, 2020

As we continue to follow the directives coming to us for the safety of our staff and retreatants, we have extended our closure until at least April 13, 2020.  

Even though we are all “sheltering in place” and remaining at least 6 feet from each other, please remember we carry all of you in our hearts.

Because of the Governor’s orders, we are working from home and not able to answer the phones.  We will get back to you as soon as we are able.

 

King’s House and COVID-19 Response

As we wake up each morning to changing rules, we have come to realize that we have to take drastic actions to protect our staff and retreatants.

The risk involved with gathering together has proven to be too great for now.

We feel compelled to cancel all programs at King’s House beginning today, March 17, through March 30th

We look so forward to sharing retreat time with you and it is painful to cancel these two retreats.

This includes all of our programs, including Taize, Spiritual Cinema, Video Study, Meditation and AA.

We will re-evaluate on March 30th, in the hope that the remainder of our spring programs can continue as planned.

Although programs are on hold, our beautiful grounds are always open for you to visit our Marian Grotto, walk our Labyrinth or to pray the Stations.

For now, please be assured of our prayers for each of you.

To help with your Lenten reflections, please join us each day via facebook for Fr. Sal’s, “You got a minute?”