In light of the extension of the Shelter in Place order given by Governor Pritzker, the Pastoral Center offices, as well as all schools and parishes will remain closed through Thursday, April 30th.
This page continues to provide any ongoing statements or letters from the Diocese as well as online resources. The Catholic Post will continue to provide coverage and stories as well. Please also visit your local parish's website.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
In our Diocese
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)
Watch online LIVE on EWTN.com or on any mobile device.
Watch online RECORDINGS
You can also listen to the Mass LIVE on the radio, SIRIUS/XM, or listen online.
La Santa Misa
Únanse a nosotros los domingos en la oración y la adoración a la Santa Misa. La Misa es el sacrificio del Cuerpo y Sangre de Jesucristo, y es la oración más perfecta que tienen los cristianos.
Vean los domingos a las 8am ET, a las 5:30 pm y a las 10:00 pm.
Notre Dame Mass
Word on Fire
Daily Mass from Bishop Barron's chapel, celebrated either by Bishop Barron himself or by Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire.
The video will be posted below at 8:15am ET each day.
Finally, please continue to pray for all those affected by the coronavirus.
All Pre-Cana Conferences and Christian Sexuality workshops in March are cancelled at this time. Those couples with pending marriages have the option to take an online course for the Pre-Cana and the NFP series.
For the couples that have weddings later in the year, the Office of Evangelization will work with you to reschedule your classes. Please contact Terri LaHood at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Our Sunday Visitor
In this strange time of anxiety, canceled Masses, and “social distancing,” we all need a way to stay connected with our faith and with one another. To meet that need, OSV is introducing a new, totally free, newsletter: “Keeping the Faith Amid COVID-19.” Every day, you’ll get a list of stories from OSV and beyond to help keep you mentally and spiritually grounded during this time of uncertainty.
Other news resources available at www.osvnews.com.
Join together in solidarity, prayer and hope!
Online Resources for Schools & Catechetics
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the nation are ceasing face-to-face instruction and moving to online learning. Consequently, a number of Internet service providers are making provisions to provide free (or heavily discounted) Internet service to low income families.
In addition, a number of education vendors are providing free subscriptions to their cloud-based learning tools during school closings from the coronavirus.
Instructional Continuity Guidelines
ISBE Continuing Educaton Resources
Students can stay engaged in their education while not physically at school through these home-based activities, free online resources, and technology.
This site also lists free internet access opportunities from AT&T, Spectrum, and Comcast.
Some of these may involve a cost.
- Free Math Antics on Youtube
- Free ArtforKidsHub on Youtube
- ClassicsforKids free lessons for music
- Khan Academy
- LearnwithEsa – K to 6- low cost and good for phonics
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Cursive Without Tears
- Dance Mat by the BBC -- typing practice
- Many libraries have free Tumble Cloud Books online
- Lakeshorelearning has a teacher resource page with free handouts
- ABCMouse -- helps kids learn to read
- BrainpopJr and Brainpop have free videosCrayola's educational coloring pages - Social Studies and Science pages are very good
- Do2Learn has differentiated resources for children
Online Learning Options
As schools and educators across the country work to adjust their schedules and classes because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, National School Choice Week is sharing several resources that their team has developed to assist schools. Many of these resources are designed to help school administrators deliver education via online platforms
The resources listed cover a wide variety of subject areas and grade levels, including:
- Online Communication Platforms
- Platforms to Create Interactive Presentations
- ELA Resources
- Foreign Language/English as a Second Language
- Math Resources
- Social Studies Resources
- STEM Resources
- Multi-Subject Resources and more
Shurley English: Virtual Learning Resources
Shurley English stands ready to help make a smooth transition to a virtual learning environment by providing The Shurley English Digital Edition for free for the remainder of the 2019-2020
school year. Within the Shurley English Digital Edition, they offer complete
instruction for each lesson through their Shurley English Digital Assistant:
In order to set-up your classroom for virtual learning, please email the following information to email@example.com.
- Name of School
- Name of District
- School Address
- Teacher’s Name
- Teacher’s Email Address
- Grade Level
- Number of Students in Classroom
Please note that this offer is for the Digital Edition of Shurley English, which corresponds with their most recently published print materials. They do not offer digital copies of older editions.
Catechetical Resources from Pflaum
Pflaum understands that many parishes and schools have chosen to cancel in-person classes due to developments arising from the coronavirus COVID-19. In light of the challenge this poses, we are offering digital versions of the Unit 4 student lessons (English and Spanish) to all Pflaum Gospel Weeklies customers. Here is the direct link with instructions.
This is the link to the press release from Pflaum's parent company, Bayard, Inc. It includes free resources from Pflaum, Twenty-Third Publications, Creative Communications for the Parish, Catechist Magazine, Living With Christ, Living Faith, and Catholic Digest.
Due to the effects of the coronavirus, many schools are temporarily closed. Rosen Classroom would like to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning, by giving FREE access to over 2,000 carefully curated outstanding fiction and nonfiction eBooks to supplement at-home instruction while schools are closed. Information about progress monitoring and grading tools also available.
Ave Maria Press
Free Online Classroom Resources, including YouTube videos, PowerPoints, worksheets, crossword puzzles, tests and answers, and much more.
They also offer an Ave Maria Press HS Theology Teachers Facebook group. You’ll find useful materials for your classroom—new resources, links to pertinent articles, news about new products, and much more. It’s also a place where you can interact with fellow high school theology teachers from across the country.
¿Qué está haciendo Pflaum como respuesta ante el COVID?
En Pflaum estamos ofreciendo versiones digitales gratuitas de las lecciones para el estudiante de la Unidad 4 (en inglés y español) del Programa de formación en la fe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Esto le permite
- Descargar las lecciones de cada semana para enviarlas a los padres de familia.
- Compartir su contraseña con los padres de familia para que puedan imprimir las lecciones en casa. Vea este enlace para ver cómo compartir sus datos de ingreso con sus familias.
Si usted todavía no es uno de nuestros clientes y está interesado en una versión digital gratuita de la Unidad 4 de los Gospel Weeklies, llámenos al 800-543-4383 para obtener más información.
Los clientes pueden tener acceso a cualquiera de estos archivos utilizando su correo electrónico y contraseña para iniciar su sesión. Para más detalles visite www.gospelweeklies.com
LearnZillion is making their full video collection available until schools can operate safely.
Both teachers and parents can access all their video lessons. Once an account is created, you can share or assign them to students as needed. In addition, they’ve made the digital versions of the Illustrative Mathematics, EL Education, and Louisiana Guidebooks curricula available to parents and teachers. Please feel free to use these lesson plans with your students as well.
- How to create classes and student accounts?
- How to assign, share, and grade a lesson?
- How to create a teacher or parent account?
Free, online academic resources
Khan Academy | Khan Academy offers free, online standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more. These courses are offered in 40 different languages.
Modern States | Modern States offers tuition free, high quality courses online from top institutions for college credit.
Code.org | Code.org offers online coding and computer science courses for students as early as Kindergarten.
Crash Course | This channel offers a huge library of videos across most major disciplines, including playlists of 48 videos on U.S. history, 72 on world history, and 50 on U.S. government and politics. Each episode is generally 10 to 15 minutes long and features John Green talking about the subject, mixed in with some humor and animations.
Amplify | This ed tech company is working at making its online instructional materials available for free for parents.
Sadlier is providing, free of charge, eBooks for the Sadlier print programs you are using for the remainder of the school year. To access your FREE eBook Site License for Sadlier School products, log in to Sadlier Connect
Once logged in, students will need to select the program and grade. The following programs, both English and Spanish, available. If you need help, contact your:
Additional free online resources for English Language Arts and Math, which are not program specific.
Emotional and behavioral regulation isn’t the only benefit of sensory play. It helps build and strengthen skills in all areas of development. Science, math, and language skills are developed as children explore. Social skills blossom as they experiment together. Motor skills are strengthened by kneading, pinching, pouring, etc. Children are able to flex their creativity, problem solve and make predictions through sensory play.
Here are 20 easy sensory activities using items you probably already have on hand.
Math & Literacy for K-2
Rapid Transition to Online Learning
The Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences and the Flipped Learning Global Initiative have published the "Rapid Transition to Online Learning," a roadmap for making the rapid shift to online learning during school closures. The resources include a checklist for administrators, another for IT managers, a transition plan and video tutorial for teachers and access to an international team of volunteers who have stepped forward to answer questions. The organization is continuing to seek volunteers for the program.
Differentiated Literacy Instruction
Achieve3000 is offering free access to resources for differentiated literacy instruction. Educators can access three different programs. Achieve3000 Literacy at Home offers access to non-fiction articles at three reading levels with topics covering science, social studies and current events. Premium licenses for Actively Learn, for grades 6 -12, provides thousands of texts, including contemporary and classic literature, with collaboration and discussion tools to facilitate interactive remote instruction for English language arts, science and social studies. For students without internet, the company is offering "Literacy Printable Packets," a set of text sets with 20 printable articles and questions. The company said those text packets add up to a month's worth of content differentiated for students who are at-, below- and above- grade-level in their reading abilities. Lessons can be downloaded and sent home by email or printed out.