COVID-19 Parish Directives &
Resources

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.

Reuniting Our People With Their Parish Homes

COVID-19 Safety Guidance to Parishes

August 20, 2021 Dear Rev. Fathers and Parish Council Presidents, As you are probably aware, some local municipalities have again begun instituting mask mandates to varying degrees. In an effort to protect our faithful, the Metropolis of Chicago strongly recommends...

Joint Statement Regarding Holy Trinity’s Bankruptcy Proceedings

Joint Statement Regarding Holy Trinity’s Bankruptcy Proceedings

On Monday, June 8, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago made the following statement: With great joy, we announce the beginning of a new day for Holy Trinity. With the bank’s agreement to release the claims against...

The Sacrament of Marriage: Revised Directives and Liturgical Rubrics

The Sacrament of Marriage: Revised Directives and Liturgical Rubrics

THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE REVISED DIRECTIVES AND LITURGICAL RUBRICS MAY 2021 We are grateful for the ability to return to many of our practices prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following directives and rubrics contemplate the fully vaccinated status of both clergy...

Update on Parish COVID-19 Safety Measures

Update on Parish COVID-19 Safety Measures

May 16, 2021 Beloved clergy and stewards of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago, Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen! For more than a year, our faith in Christ and our love for our neighbor have been tested in unimaginable ways. Perhaps only a handful of people across the...

The Divine Liturgy: Revised Guidelines

The Divine Liturgy: Revised Guidelines

THE DIVINE LITURGY – REVISED GUIDELINES MAY 2021 We are grateful for the ability to return to many of our practices prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following directives and rubrics contemplate the fully vaccinated status of both clergy and laity. Individuals are...

Protocol for Non-Liturgical Programs in Education Ministries

Protocol for Non-Liturgical Programs in Education Ministries

August 21, 2020 Introduction Whenever possible, the use of distance learning platforms should be used for Education Ministries. However, recognizing the benefits of in-person learning, especially for children, the Metropolis of Chicago offers this protocol to its...

The Divine Liturgy: Special Directives and Liturgical Rubrics

The Divine Liturgy: Special Directives and Liturgical Rubrics

June 3, 2020 The Divine Liturgy The Divine Liturgy has been celebrated during the COVID19 pandemic throughout our Holy Metropolis. We have gained much experience during the last few months; the lessons learned will help us continue to establish and refine our...

Revision of the May 20, 2020 Guidelines

Revision of the May 20, 2020 Guidelines

June 2, 2020 Dear Reverend Fathers and Parish Council Presidents, Further to last evening’s meeting, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael has directed the revision of the May 20, 2020 Directive regarding the ability for attendance at services by parishioners. The last...

Update and Summary of Levels of Participation

Update and Summary of Levels of Participation

May 30, 2020 Dear Reverend Fathers and Parish Council Presidents, Several members of the clergy have contacted the Metropolis regarding Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order No. 38, issued last evening, removing restrictions on the free exercise of religion. As you may...

Statement Regarding Sacraments of Confession and Holy Unction

Statement Regarding Sacraments of Confession and Holy Unction

On Saturday, May 31, 2020 the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago made the following statement: As the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago continues to reunite the faithful with their parish homes, it is taking steps to ensure that this reunion is grounded on the...

Reuniting Our People With Their Parish Homes

Reuniting Our People With Their Parish Homes

On Tuesday, May 20, 2020, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago made the following statement: Following its May 11 statement, the Metropolis of Chicago has issued guidance that would permit a greater number of parishioners to attend liturgical services provided...

Metropolis Takes Actions to Respond to COVID-19

Metropolis Takes Actions to Respond to COVID-19

Metropolis of Chicago takes series of actions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide humanitarian and parish relief  Lombard, IL, May 13, 2020 – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced today a series of actions it has taken regarding the operations...

A Partnership to Help Those Who Lost Their Jobs Due to COVID-19

The Metropolis of Chicago is partnering with Medix, a national workforce solutions firm, to help displaced workers belonging to the Metropolis find work during the pandemic. See the announcement below for more details, including how to apply. In the coming weeks, look...

Metropolis of Chicago Launches COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund

Metropolis of Chicago Launches COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund

Metropolis of Chicago launches COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund Lombard, IL, April 2, 2020 – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced today the creation of a COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund to support parishes under significant financial distress as a result of the...

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Assistance Programs


Community Care Program for Seniors

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 4:00 p.m. or visit www.hellenicfoundation.org/community-care-program

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. These in-home care services are provided by the Hellenic Foundation. 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.govaging.