St. Elias Orthodox Church
Antiochian Archdiocese
716 Copeland Ave, La Crosse, WI
Church is open to 16 attendees beginning Dec. 12

Dear Parishioners,

We will open the services to 16 attendees plus chanters beginning December 12th. Please sign up on our website as we have done previously.


The following requirements will be enforced:

Do not attend the service if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been displaying the below symptoms  listed by the CDC:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • if you have been in contact with anybody who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been displaying symptoms.
    • Been within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
    • Been in direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils).
    • Been in close contact (as described above) in the 48 hours before a person with COVID-19 developed symptoms.
  • If you have health problems or are 65 or older, please know that you are welcome, but also know that these are the groups that most easily catch the COVID-19 virus. Please pray about coming to a service. Nobody will judge you if you choose to stay at home. I'll be glad to make arrangements with you to give you Holy Communion.
  • You must sign in when you come into the church. Please bring your own pen and do not share it. Pens will be available, but do not put them back into the box. Take it home, it is our gift to you. Use it the next time that you come to the church.
  • We will strictly enforce the 16 parishioners in attendance. This does not count the chanters, altar servers or Fr. Dean.
  • You must always keep at least 6 feet apart at all times. This includes after liturgy.
  • You must sit with an empty row between people.
  • No more than 2 people in a row, unless you are of the same household.
  • You MUST keep a face mask on at all times, except while receiving Holy Communion. If you have a problem wearing a mask, you must have a letter from your physician stating that you cannot wear a mask.
  • If you come into the church and it is at its maximum (16) capacity, please do not come in.

Fr. Dionysios will be staying after liturgy until 12:00 (noon) to give Holy Communion to anyone who has prepared by prayer and fasting to receive. Fr. Dionysios is willing to give Holy Communion during the week, but again you must prepare by prayer and fasting. You must make an appointment with Fr. Dean.

Fr. Dionysios strongly encourages all to have your Confession heard during this time of Fasting.

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St. Elias is a small church that relies heavily on the generous donations

and regular contributions of our parish members, friends and those who have historical ties to the church. A sincere thank you for any support you can offer for the well-being and long term survival of St. Elias.

May God be with you!

  • Sat

    5:00pm Vespers
  • Sun

    8:45am Matins (Morning Prayers)
    10:00am Divine Liturgy
  • Sat

    5:00pm Vespers

St. Elias Orthodox Church * 716 Copeland Ave * P.O. Box 3176 * La Crosse, WI 54602-3176