Archdiocese announces more closures, consolidations for Chicago parishes

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CHICAGO — More catholic parishes and schools are set merge, consolidate or close.

Hegewisch and Burnham, Lemont, Lincoln Square, Milwaukee Avenue North and the East Little Village Renew My Church are all impacted by the changes.

Parishoners gather Friday night for a meeting at St. Thecla the Arch that was at times heated and emotional.

Church leadership said consolidation is necessary.

Below is a detailed outlined provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago. It also available on their website.

Hegewisch and Burnham Renew My Church Grouping

The Hegewisch and Burnham Renew My Church grouping includes the following parishes:

  • St. Columba Parish (Chicago)
  • St. Florian Parish (Chicago)
  • Mother of God Parish (Burnham, Ill.)

The parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective April 13, 2020. The leaders and parishioners of the new parish will discern possibilities for the new parish’s name within guidelines provided by the archdiocese and will submit their candidates to Cardinal Cupich for his decision on the permanent name.

St. Florian will serve as the parish church for the newly formed parish, where the pastor’s office and parish records will be kept.

Lemont Renew My Church Grouping

The Lemont Renew My Church grouping includes the following parishes and schools, all of which are in Lemont, Ill.:

  • Alphonsus Parish
  • Alphonsus/St. Patrick School
  • Cyril and Methodius Parish and School
  • James at Sag Bridge Parish
  • Patrick Parish

St. Alphonsus and St. Patrick Parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2020. St. Alphonsus will be designated the parish church, where the pastor’s office and parish records will be kept. St. Patrick Church will continue to operate as a church of the new parish.

St. James at Sag Bridge Parish will become a mission of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish, effective July 1, 2020. This transition recognizes the declining numbers of priests available to serve as pastors. The status as a mission will allow St. James at Sag Bridge Parish to retain its historic identity and character while operating under the priest leadership of Ss. Cyril & Methodius. The pastor of Ss. Cyril & Methodius will work with the leadership of both Ss. Cyril & Methodius and St. James to integrate administrative functions and ministries to best steward their resources for investment in each community’s ministry needs.

The priests and parish leaders of both the Ss. Cyril & Methodius and St. James Mission and the united St. Alphonsus and St. Patrick Parish, will review their Mass schedules and adjust them to align with the number of priests available to celebrate Masses into the future.

No structural changes will be made at this time to St. Alphonsus / St. Patrick School or Ss. Cyril & Methodius School, subject to each school remaining financially independent. Financial benchmarks applied in past years remain in effect for this and future years.

Lincoln Square Renew My Church Grouping

The Lincoln Square Renew My Church grouping includes the following parishes and schools, all of which are in Chicago:

  • Hilary Parish and School
  • Matthias Parish and School
  • Queen of Angels Parish and School
  • Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish

St. Hilary and Transfiguration of our Lord Parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2020. St. Hilary Church will be designated the parish church, where the pastor’s office and parish records will be kept.

Queen of Angels and St. Matthias Parishes will unite to form a new parish. Queen of Angels Church will be the parish church, where the pastor’s office and parish records will be kept.

The leaders and parishioners of each newly formed parish, will discern possibilities for the name of the new parish within guidelines provided by the archdiocese, and will submit their candidates to Cardinal Cupich for his decision on the permanent names.

St. Hilary, St. Matthias, and Queen of Angels Schools will remain in their current programs, subject to each school remaining financially independent. St. Hilary will be the parish school of the new parish formed by St. Hilary and Transfiguration Parishes. Queen of Angels School will be the parish school of the new parish formed by St. Matthias and Queen of Angels Parishes.

St. Matthias School will be governed as an archdiocesan school, not directly affiliated with a parish. The archdiocese will work closely with St. Matthias leadership and school board to define support needs moving forward.

Milwaukee Avenue North Renew My Church Grouping

The Milwaukee Avenue North Renew My Church grouping includes the following parishes and schools, all of which are in Chicago:

  • St. Cornelius Parish
  • St. Tarcissus Parish
  • St. Thecla Parish and School
  • Pope Francis Global Academy’s North campus (located on the campus of St. Tarcissus Parish)

St. Cornelius, St. Tarcissus and St. Thecla Parishes will unite to form a new parish and school, effective July 1, 2020. The new parish and school will have a new name. The leadership and parishioners of the new parish and school will discern possibilities for the new parish and school permanent name within guidelines provided by the archdiocese and will submit their candidates to Cardinal Cupich for his decision.

St. Tarcissus Church will be designated the parish church, where the pastor’s office and parish records will be kept.

Effective July 1, 2020, St. Thecla School and Pope Francis Global Academy’s North campus will unite as a newly named parish school at the St. Tarcissus campus for the 2020/21 school year.

East Little Village Renew My Church Grouping

The East Little Village Renew My Church grouping includes the following parishes and schools, all of which are in Chicago:

  • Assumption B.V.M. Parish
  • Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish and School
  • St. Roman Parish

The three parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2020. The leadership and parishioners of the new parish will discern possibilities for the new parish’s name within guidelines provided by the archdiocese and will submit their candidates to Cardinal Cupich for his decision on the permanent name.

Our Lady of Tepeyac will be designated the parish church for the new parish, where the pastor’s office and parish records will be kept.

Ministry activities, including Kolbe House and Taller de José, will continue on the Assumption B.V.M. campus. The pastor of the new parish, in consultation with parish leadership, will determine how frequently the united parish’s ministries will use the campus.

There are no changes to Our Lady of Tepeyac Elementary School or High School.

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