Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869

5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602

Updated Mask Guidelines

Masks are optional at St. Thomas the Apostle.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle,

As you have well seen in the news, the CDC and the State of Illinois have loosened many restrictions regarding mask requirements. This week, I received an email from the Archdiocese of Chicago updating their masking guidelines in conformity with the State of Illinois. Below, you will find the text from the Archdiocese of Chicago:

In light of the recent decision by City of Chicago officials to lift the city’s mask mandate on February 28, and the relaxation of COVID mitigations in Oak Park and Evanston, all archdiocesan parishes, churches, schools, and offices, will transition to mask-optional environments on February 28.

For us at St. Thomas the Apostle Church and School, masks will now be optional while at Mass, in our office, and in our parish school. Some things to note:

  • Though masking is now optional, feel free to continue to wear your mask if you feel more comfortable doing so or if you are part of a vulnerable population where masking is still strongly encouraged.
  • Eucharistic Ministers will continue to wear their mask when they distribute communion.
  • Students and teachers at our school are still free to wear a mask in accordance with what is best for them individually or their family situation.

As always, thank you for your charity throughout all of this, and may God bless you for your support of our sisters and brothers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at the parish office at 773-324-2626 or

May God bless you this week and this upcoming Lenten season.

Sincerely in Chirst,

Fr. Michael Trail