St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish  /  Parroquia San Nicolás de Tolentino 

3721 W. 62nd Street, Chicago, IL 60629 

Telephone / Telefono: 773-735-1121  Fax: 773-735-1135 


Parish and Sacramental Practice

By exception, weddings and funerals scheduled for Saturday, March 14 may proceed observing the guidelines issued by the Governor of Illinois, limiting participation to no more than 250.

While public Mass will be suspended beginning Saturday evening, March 14, archdiocesan churches should remain open for private prayer during a timeframe best determined by each pastor. To achieve this, the archdiocese has asked pastors to coordinate limited staff presence in parishes to answer calls and perform routine maintenance with a heightened focus on disinfecting all areas of common use.

We encourage priests to celebrate Mass privately for the good of the People of God, the church and the intentions of the day.

Televised and online Masses provide opportunities for the faithful to remain connected in some way to the Sacrifice of the Mass during this difficult time. Parishes with the potential to broadcast their own Masses should do so.

Additional guidance will be forthcoming from the Office of the Vicar General on the administration and celebration of other sacraments.


The decision to temporarily close our schools, beginning Monday, March 16, applies to all Catholic schools that are operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Catholic schools not operated by the archdiocese, such as those sponsored by religious orders, will make decisions individually.

During this closure period, Catholic school students will be asked to complete academic work through electronic learning (“e-learning”) or alternative learning.

Knowing that many families and students of our Catholic schools depend on the daily services we provide, the Office of Catholic Schools and archdiocesan leadership are working to coordinate extended support to those families and students most in need during this time. More information will be shared in the coming days.

Pastoral Center and Agencies

Pastoral Center and school staff are expected to work from home, beginning Monday, March 16. With guidance that will be forthcoming, staffing at parishes will be determined at the discretion of the pastor. All employees will continue to be paid during this period. Effective immediately and until further notice, all work-related travel is prohibited.

Our agencies that serve the poor and vulnerable will be making separate announcements about their continuing operation.

“In this time of legitimate concern for the safety of ourselves, our loved ones and those at the margins of society, we must hold fast to the knowledge that the impulses that come from God bring courage, consolation, generosity and solidarity,” said Cardinal Cupich. “Instead of allowing this moment to trap us in fear, we must find unity in advancing all that is good in our common humanity. This means staying spiritually and emotionally close to one another, in our families, our friendships and our communities. It means helping where possible and safe. It means checking on the vulnerable. It means being responsible about hygiene. This is a time to be gentle with one another. For Christians, it is a time to reflect on how Jesus made those struggling with illness a priority. It is also a time to be surprised by the blessings that come from being part of the same family —the human family.”

The archdiocese will provide detailed instructions to its pastors and school leaders and will share updates on an ongoing basis.



Bishop Ron Hicks

Vicar General  

Dear  St.. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE Parish and School Community members,

We have been monitoring the news about the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), particularly the cases identified in the Chicago area. The archdiocese has issued guidelines for worship services based on advice from public health authorities and we have joined with the Holy Father in praying for all affected by this epidemic.

We are writing today to share developments that may have an impact on some archdiocese facilities. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recently confirmed a case of COVID-19 involving a staff member at Vaughn Occupational High School, a Chicago public school. The CDPH has stated that the immediate health risk to the general public from this case remains low. The CDPH recommended that anyone present at Vaughn School between February 25 and March 6 self-quarantine. The CDPH and CPS also advised that:

“People who were not at Vaughn between February 25 and March 6 do not have restrictions at this time, even if they have been in contact with someone at Vaughn. They can attend work and school, as long as they are not sick. This applies to:

Family members, care providers or those who share a household with Vaughn students, staff, and service providers
Students, faculty and staff at other schools or other members of the community who may have come into contact with members of the Vaughn community
Students who shared the bus with Vaughn students”

Based on this guidance, and our own contacts with CDPH and Illinois Department of Public Health we are not closing archdiocese schools where a student or staff member has a connection with Vaughn.

We will follow the same guidance for other cases of secondary family exposure. Students and staff with a family member who might have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will be allowed to attend work and school, as long as they are not sick

The health and safety of our Parish and School communities is our first priority. We ask that you join us in protecting our community by following the guidance of public health authorities and your medical provider. It is critically important that our community share only trusted sources of information. 

For the most reliable information, please visit:

Chicago Department of Public Health CDPH has developed an FAQ that will be updated regularly as the situation develops.
The Illinois Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

We will continue to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials will update you as our situation changes or more information becomes available. Please email if you have concerns or questions of the archdiocese or the Office of Catholic Schools.

As a faith community, we must respond with compassion and prayer to everyone affected by the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, particularly those who do not have access to medical and community support. We will include these brothers and sisters in our prayers for the sick and those who have died. Please keep our community in your prayers and know that we are praying for you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop Ron Hicks                               Dr. Jim Rigg

Vicar General                                      Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools




Estimados miembros de la comunidad escolar y parroquia San Nicolás de Tolentino,

Hemos estado monitoreando las noticias acerca de la propagación de la Enfermedad Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), particularmente los casos identificados en el área de Chicago. La arquidiócesis ha emitido lineamientos para los servicios de culto basados en el consejo de las autoridades de salud pública y nos hemos unido con el Santo Padre en orar por todos los afectados por esta epidemia.

Estamos escribiendo hoy para compartir novedades que pueden tener un impacto en algunas instalaciones de la arquidiócesis. El Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago (CDPH, por sus siglas en inglés) ha confirmado recientemente un caso de COVID-19 que involucra a un miembro del personal de la escuela secundaria ocupacional Vaughn, una escuela pública de Chicago. El CDPH ha señalado que el riesgo a la salud inmediato para el público en general proveniente este caso permanece bajo. El CDPH recomendó que cualquier persona que estuvo presente en la escuela Vaughn entre el 25 de febrero y el 6 de marzo se ponga a sí mismo en cuarentena. El CDPH y CPS también aconsejan que:

“Las personas que no estuvieron en Vaughn entre el 25 de febrero y el 6 de marzo no tienen restricciones en este momento, incluso si han estado en contacto con alguien de Vaughn. Ellos pueden asistir al trabajo y escuela, siempre y cuando no estén enfermos. Esto aplica a:

· Los familiares, proveedores de cuidado o aquellos que comparten un hogar con estudiantes, personal y proveedores de servicio de Vaughn

· Los estudiantes, facultad y personal en otras escuelas u otros miembros de la comunidad que pueden haber entrado en contacto con miembros de la comunidad de Vaughn

· Estudiantes que compartieron el autobús con estudiantes de Vaughn.”

En base a esta orientación, y nuestros propios contactos con CDPH y el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois no estamos cerrando las escuelas de la arquidiócesis donde un estudiante o miembro del personal tiene una conexión con Vaughn.

Seguiremos la misma orientación para otros casos de exposición familiar secundaria. A los estudiantes y personal con un familiar que puede haber tenido contacto con un caso confirmado de COVID-19 se le permitirá asistir al trabajo y escuela siempre y cuando no estén enfermos.

La salud y seguridad de nuestras comunidades escolares y parroquiales es nuestra principal prioridad. Le pedimos que se una a nosotros en proteger nuestra comunidad al seguir la orientación de las autoridades de salud pública y su proveedor médico. Es crucialmente importante que nuestra comunidad comparta solamente fuentes de información confiables.

Para la información más confiable, por favor visite: · Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago El CDPH ha desarrollado preguntas frecuentes que serán actualizadas regularmente a medida que la situación se desarrolle. · Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois · Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Continuaremos siguiendo la orientación de los oficiales de salud local, estatal y federal, le informaremos a medida que nuestra situación cambie o más información esté disponible. Por favor envíe un correo electrónico a si tiene preocupaciones o preguntas de la arquidiócesis o la Oficina de Escuelas Católicas.

Como comunidad de fe, debemos responder con compasión y oración a todos los afectados por la epidemia de COVID-19 alrededor del mundo, particularmente aquellos que no tienen acceso a apoyo médico y comunitario. Incluiremos a estos hermanos y hermanas en nuestras oraciones por los enfermos y aquellos que han fallecido. Por favor mantengan a nuestra comunidad en sus oraciones y sepan que estamos orando por ustedes.

Suyo en Cristo,

Reverendísimo Ronald A. Hicks Jim Rigg, Ph.D.

Vicario General