Decisions

New Parishes

Please see below for a list of new parishes created as part of the Renew My Church parish grouping process. What is noted in bold is the name of the parish. There are instances in which the parishioners of the uniting parishes opted to select a completely new name for their new parish community; for others, the decision has been to simply join the names of their existing churches together.

July 1, 2021

All parishes are prayerfully considering the name of the new parish unless indicated as permanent in bold below.

  • St. Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Manny Dorantes
  • Sts. Peter and Lambert Parish, Fr. Henry Kricek
  • St. Isaac Jogues & St. Martha, All Saints Parish, Fr. Tom Baldonieri
  • St. Ignatius to be divided between St. Gertrude and St. Jerome (No Name changes)
  • Our Lady of Grace and St. Sylvester, Jesus, Bread of Life Parish, Fr. Samson Mukundi
  • St. Helen, Holy Rosary, and St. Mark, Our Lady of Unity, Fr. Claudio Diaz, plus the Mission at St Stephen King of Hungary, Fr. Ed Cronin (rector and mission director)
  • Holy Innocents, St. Malachy + Precious Blood, and Santa Maria Addolorata, Blessed Maria Gabriella, Fr. Matt Eyerman
  • Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary and SS. Joseph and Michael the Archangel, St. Oscar Romero Parish, Fr. Carmelo Mendez
  • St. Constance and St. Robert Bellarmine, Mary, Undoer of Knots, Fr. Robert Lojek
  • Our Lady of Victory and SS. Bartholomew and Pascal, Our Lady of the Rosary, Fr. Michael O’Connell
  • SS. Viator and Wenceslaus, Fr. Benjamin Arevalos Lupercio
  • St. Hugh, St. Mary, and Mater Christi, Saint Paul VI, Fr. Tom May
  • St. Luke and St. Bernardine (permanent), Fr. Stan Kuka
  • St. Blase and St. Joseph [Summit], Blessed Martyrs of Chimbote Parish, Fr. Wojciech Kwiecien
  • Our Lady of the Ridge (Chicago Ridge) and St. Linus (Oak Lawn), Fr. Mark Walter
  • St. Louis de Montfort (Oak Lawn) to be divided among St. Albert the Great, St. Fabian, and St. Gerald (No name changes)
  • Ascension, SS. John the Baptist, Susanna, and Gerard Majella, Lord of Mercy / Senor de la Piedad, Fr. Gary Graf (Administrator)
  • St. Clotilde, St. Columbanus, and St. Dorothy, St. Moses the Black, Fr. Matt O’Donnell 
  • St. Ambrose, St. Anselm, Corpus Christi, St. Elizabeth, and Holy Angels, Our Lady of Africa, Fr. Bob Kelly, SVD 
  • Resurrection and Immaculate Heart of Mary have become part of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Fr. Nick Desmond 
  • Our Lady of Hope has become a mission of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish, Fr. Derek Ho
  • Epiphany and Good Shepherd, Fr. Don Nevins
  • St. Hedwig and St. John Berchmans, Blessed Carlo Acutis, Fr. Tomasz Wojciechowski
  • St. Bede the Venerable and St. Denis, Fr. Carlos Arancibia
  • St. Thomas More has become a mission of St. Bede the Venerable and St. Denis
  • SS. Bruno and Richard, Fr. Andrej Bartos
  • SS. Ann, James and John, All Souls, Fr. Mark Kalema
  • SS. Kieran, Agnes and Paul, Our Lady of the Heights Parish/Parroquia Nuestra Senora de las Alturas, Fr. Gary Graf
  • SS. Benedict and Walter, St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Msgr. Dennis Lyle
  • St. Peter Claver has become a mission of St. Mary Magdalene Parish

October 1, 2020

 
  •  St. Beatrice and Maria Goretti, Holy Virgin Martyrs: St. Beatrice and St. Maria Goretti Parish, Fr. Robert Schultz

July 1, 2020

 
  • Transfiguration and St. Hilary, St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Fr. Aloy Funtila
  • Queen of Angels and St. Matthias, Queen of Apostles Parish, Msgr. James Kaczorowski
  • Ss. Timothy, Henry, and Margaret Mary, Holy Child Jesus Parish, Fr. Phi Nguyen
  • St. Cornelius, St. Tarcissus, and St. Thecla, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, Fr. Mike Grisolano
  • Ss. Genevieve and Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr, Fr. Sergio Rivas
  • St. Alphonsus and St. Patrick, Fr. Brian Ardagh
  • St. Philip Neri, St. Bride, Our Lady Gate of Heaven and Our Lady of Peace, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Fr. Thomas Belanger
  • Ss. Dismas and Anastasia, Little Flower Parish, Fr. Xamie Reyes
  • Queen of the Rosary and St. Julian Eymard, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Fr. Dan Folwaczny
  • Annunciata and SS. Kevin, George, and Francis de Sales, Our Lady of Nazareth, Fr. Walter Yepes
  • Mother of God and SS. Columba and Florian, Christ Our Light, Fr. David Simonetti
  • Ss. Symphorosa and Rene Goupil, Two Holy Martyrs Parish, Fr. Bob Regan  
  • Our Lady of Tepeyac, Assumption, and St. Roman, Mother of the Americas/Madre de las Americas, Fr. Tom Boharic
  • Chicago Salesians have begun to serve St. James Parish, in addition to St. John Bosco Parish
  • St. James at Sag Bridge is now a Mission of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish, Fr. Waldemar Stawiarski
  • St. Simon the Apostle has become part of St. Gall Parish, Fr. Agustin Garza (Administrator)
  • St. Clare of Montefalco has become part of St. Rita of Cascia Parish, Fr. Homero Sanchez, OSA

 


July 1, 2019

 
  • SS. Joseph & Francis Xavier, Fr. Wayne Watts
  • SS. Ita, Thomas of Canterbury and Gregory the Great, Mary, Mother of God Parish, Fr. Bob Cook, OFM Conv.
  • Our Lady of Fatima & St. Pancratius, Fr. Nestor Saenz
  • Our Lady of Loretto and St. Germaine Parishes, Our Lady at St. Germaine, Fr. Tom Cabala
  • St. Barbara and St. Therese Chinese, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Fr. Francis Li
  • St. Camillus and St. Jane de Chantal Parishes, St. Faustina, Fr. Ted Dzieszko
  • Divine Infant Jesus and Divine Providence, Mary, Mother of Divine Grace, Fr. Neil Fackler
  • St. Barbara and Louise de Marillac, Holy Guardian Angels, Fr. Brian Kean
  • Immaculate Conception and St. Michael, Fr. Pius Kokose
  • Our Lady of Knock and SS. Andrew and Victor, Jesus, Shepherd of Souls, Fr. Luis Valerio Romero
  • Sacred Heart and St. Eulalia, Fr. Francisco Ortega
  • St. Simeon and St. Domitilla, Queen of All Nations, Fr. Julio Lam
  • Holy Ghost, St. Mary Queen of Apostles, and St. Jude the Apostle, Christ Our Savior, Fr. Gosbert Rwezahura
  • Holy Family and Notre Dame de Chicago, Our Lady of the Holy Family, Fr. Peter McQuinn
  • Nativity of our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish, Fr. James Hurlbert
  • SS. Maria, Lucia, and Jerome, St. Jerome (Croatian), Fr. Ivica Majstorovic, OFM
  • Immaculate Conception and Five Holy Martyrs, Fr. Miguel Venegas

These parishes are still discerning and prayerfully considering the name of the parish:

  • St. Mary of Perpetual Help, All Saints and St. Anthony, Fr. Tom Aschenbrener
 

July 1, 2018

 
  • St. Ailbe, St. Felicitas and St. Joachim Parishes, St. Katharine Drexel, Fr. Paul Whittington, OP
  • Queen of the Universe and St. Adrian Parishes, Mary, Mother of Mercy, Fr. Jose Murcia Abellan
  • Sacred Heart and St. Philip the Apostle Parishes, Divine Mercy, Fr. Steve Lanza
  • St. Bede and St. Peter Parishes, Our Lady of the Lakes, Fr. George Koeune
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Maternity BVM, and St. Philomena Parishes, San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, Fr. Jose Maria Garcia Maldonado
  • St. Celestine and St. Cyprian, St. Mother Theodore Guerin, Fr. Paul Cao

Why do unifying parishes change names?

It is important to know that individual churches, the specific worship sites coming together, retain their names. They are consecrated to God, by name. Parishes are actually the communities themselves (not the buildings), so as a family changes so, too, at times the name may change. Some unifying parishes opt to create a completely new family name, such as the parishes which were created in 2018 (Divine Mercy parish is an example). And sometimes unifying parishes bring their existing family names together as we see with several in 2019 (Sts. Ita and Thomas of Canterbury parish is an example)

So, what does it look and sound like when a unifying parish creates a new name but has multiple churches? An example is St. Cyprian Church of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish and St. Celestine Church of Mother Theodore Guerin parish. A few more words than we are used to, for sure. But the beauty in this is the fact that the beloved names of the churches and sites remain, while we all get to contribute to the naming of our new, collective parish community.

What does it mean for multiple parishes to unite as one parish with multiple active worship sites?

Uniting as one parish means bringing all that we are and hope to be together, as one Catholic community. Our gifts, our talents, our hopes, our prayers, our needs … they are all shared to the benefit and vitality of the entire, unified parish community led by one pastor.

In those parishes where multiple churches remain open and active within the life of the parish, Mass and the sacraments will continue to be celebrated regularly at each individual church (recognizing that local parish leadership has the discretion to make future adjustments to the celebration of sacraments and use of the buildings as necessary). The unifying congregations of each location will now have the benefit of shared resources to work together in new ways to achieve the vision of renewing our archdiocese and bringing more people to know and love Jesus Christ in His Church.

What does it mean that a church is an active worship site?

Worship sites are churches where regular Mass and sacraments will continue to be celebrated as part of the combined parish. Future adjustments to mass and/or confession times are a possibility and will be clarified and communicated in advance of any changes taking effect.