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Renew My Church: Parish Conversation to Discuss our Future

As Jesus Christ calls us to constantly renew His Church, we must be prepared to lend our voice and efforts to the possible ways in which we bring about that needed renewal.

Included here is a summary of where we are today, but much more will be shared in our parish meeting on Sunday, September 19 at 12:30pm in Hayes Center – please come to learn more and share your feedback and input.

Process Overview
Renewal requires envisioning, planning, and new means to bring Jesus Christ to others.
More than 100 groupings of parishes and schools across the Archdiocese are engaging in a process to address necessary questions of structure, how to work together across communities within each grouping, and to establish a strong foundation for vitality through focused evangelization and faith formation efforts. Supporting our parishes with the best structures enables us to breathe renewed life into our efforts to make disciples, build communities, and inspire witness.

Initial Scenarios
To initiate discussion, the pastors of our grouping parishes and a team at the Archdiocese Pastoral Center have offered a set of initial scenarios that show potential models of how our parishes and schools could be configured in the future. These initial scenarios, which will be shared in detail at our next parish meeting, are conversation starters only. No decisions have been made. These scenarios reflect our grouping’s local realities using a set of criteria determined using data across the archdiocese to evaluate how a structure would support vitality and ensure viability, such as:
• Ministerial and spiritual needs of the parish: To enliven the work of evangelization, formation, worship, and pastoral care in today’s time and culture, parishes ordinarily will build a strong a staff team to support the pastor. Staff teams will be professionally trained and justly paid. To support this staffing and basic operations, such as
paying utilities, parishes generally will need operating revenue of $750,000 or more (excluding rental income).
• Parishioner count and Mass attendance: Based on the number of pastors expected to be available across the Archdiocese in the future, a minimum of 800 parishioners attending weekend Mass is needed to be assigned a full-time, resident pastor.
• Balanced workloads for priests: It is critical that our pastors are supported with the resources and teams to support sacramental life, pastoral care, and parish administration.
• Parish financial stability and facilities: Parish financial stability and adequate, accessible and safe facilities with capacity for growth and ongoing repair/maintenance.

The initial scenarios for our grouping, which consists of St. Monica, St. Rosalie, St. Eugene, Divine Savior and Our Lady, Mother of the Church parishes will be presented at our parish meeting. There are initial scenarios for how the parishes could be organized differently from today – possibilities to bring together resources and leadership to enable new methods for carrying out our mission in the grouping. The scenarios refer to a combined canonical parish: a model in which two or more current parishes become one parish – with one pastor, budget, staff, Finance Council, etc. – but that can have multiple active churches.

Masses streamed on-line: Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9am & 11am

Where masks are required

  • indoors in all archdiocesan locations (including the City of Chicago, Lake County and Suburban Cook County) for all clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners inside archdiocesan facilities, including Masses, liturgies and all activities/events within our parishes.
  • inside all archdiocesan school buildings, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status and regardless of school location.
  • inside all parish and agency offices, campus ministry facilities, and Pastoral Center offices (when in common hallways, kitchens/lunchrooms, restrooms, copy areas, offices or conference rooms), regardless of vaccination status.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​For all Masses and other liturgies the following directives apply:

  • Masks must be worn by all participants for the duration of the Mass, with the following exceptions:
    • Presider: When praying, preaching, the mask may be removed
    • Readers: When proclaiming the readings or announcing the petitions, the mask may be removed.
    • Cantors: When leading hymns or proclaiming the Psalm, the mask may be removed.
    • Wind Instrumentalists: When playing, the mask may be removed.
  • When receiving Holy Communion:
    • As the communicant approaches the priest or extraordinary minister, he/she receives the Host in the hand.
    • The communicant steps six feet to the side, removes the strap from one ear of the mask or face covering, letting it hang from the other ear, uncovering the mouth, and consumes the Host.
    • The communicant replaces the mask over the mouth and nose and returns to his/her seat

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Lord Jesus,

You traveled through towns and villages
curing every disease and illness among the people.
At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now in this health crisis so that we may know your healing love.
Heal those who are sick: may they regain their health and strength.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents us from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which makes us certain of our health and life apart from you.
Bless health care professionals with strength and compassion
as they selflessly respond to our needs.

We make this prayer in your strong and holy name,
you, who with the Father and Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever.