Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Update on Two Renew My Church Clusters – Press Releases

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The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced an update on the Des Plaines and Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Renew My Church consolidations.

Over the past few months, feedback and discernment teams from both clusters, made up of representatives from each parish, have come together to review and discern future parish, school, and church structures. Based on their meetings and discussions with larger parish communities, they submitted feedback reports to the Archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission, which includes representatives from across the Archdiocese. The commission reviewed the feedback reports and other documents and information, including demographics, financial summaries, and parish and cluster trends.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese and presbyteral council discussed the commission’s recommendations. Based on these discussions and prayerful reflection, the following decisions were made:

The Des Plaines Renew My Church group includes the following parishes, schools and sanctuaries, all in Des Plaines:

  • St. Mary Parish
  • St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
  • St. Zachary Parish and School
  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The new structure will be:

  • St. Mary and St. Stephen Protomartyr will unite as one parish with two houses of worship, a pastor and a pastoral staff, effective July 1, 2022.
    • Both churches will continue to host regular Masses and the pastor will determine the Mass schedule in consultation with parish leaders.
    • St. Stephen Protomartyr will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the united parish will be kept.
    • The local community will discern possibilities for a new permanent united parish name, within guidelines provided by the Archdiocese. Each church will retain its name.
    • Reverend David Arcila will serve as the United Parish Pastor.
  • St. Zachary Parish and School will retain their current structure.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine will retain its current structure.

The Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Renew My Church Consortium includes the following parishes and schools:

  • Our Lady of Charity Parish and School (Cicero)
  • St. Leonard Parish and School (Berwyn)
  • St. Pius X Parish (Stickney)
  • St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish (Cicero)

The new structure will be:

  • Saint-Leonard and Saint-Pie X will unite into a single parish with two places of worship, a pastor and a pastoral team, starting July 1, 2022.
    • Both churches will continue to host regular Masses and the pastor will determine the Mass schedule in consultation with parish leaders.
    • St. Leonard will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the united parish will be kept.
    • The local community will discern possibilities for the new permanent name of the united parish, within the guidelines provided by the archdiocese. Each church will retain its name.
    • Reverend Bobby Krueger will serve as the United Parish Pastor.
    • Saint-Léonard School will serve as a parish school.
  • St. Mary of Czestochowa and Our Lady of Charity will unite into a single parish with two sites, a pastor and a pastoral team, effective July 1, 2022.

    • Both churches will continue to host regular Masses and the pastor will determine the Mass schedule in consultation with parish leaders.
    • St. Mary of Czestochowa will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the united parish will be kept.
    • The local community will discern possibilities for the new permanent name, within the guidelines provided by the Archdiocese. Each church will retain its name.
    • The Rev. Waldemar Latkowski, C.Ss.R., will serve as the United Parish Pastor.
    • The Notre-Dame de la Charité school will serve as a parish school.

Next steps
The Archdiocese and current parish priests, along with the Archdiocesan Renew My Church support team, will work with local leaders to ensure united faith communities and staff are supported during this time. of change. All parishes will undertake the next phase of renewal to become stronger, more sustainable, and able to reach more people in their work to make disciples of Jesus Christ, build communities, and inspire testimony.

About Renew My Church
Renew My Church is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s response to Christ’s call and our invitation to renewal. The Renew My Church process will transform the Archdiocese over the next few years by working with groups of parishes to determine how they will achieve the goal of having vibrant and life-giving communities of faith accessible to all Catholics. To learn more about Renew My Church, visit refreshmychurch.org.

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