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.
As of July 1, 2018
St. Katharine Drexel (created through the unification of St. Ailbe, St. Felicitas and St. Joachim Parishes), Fr. Paul Whittington, OP pastor
Mary, Mother of Mercy (created through the unification of Queen of the Universe and St. Adrian Parishes), Fr. Jose Murcia Abellan pastor
Divine Mercy (created through the unification of Sacred Heart and St. Philip the Apostle Parishes), Fr. Steve Lanza pastor
Our Lady of the Lakes (created through the unification of St. Bede and St. Peter Parishes), Fr. George Koeune pastor
San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio (created through the unification of St. Francis of Assisi, Maternity BVM, and St. Philomena Parishes) Fr. Gary Graf pastor
St. Mother Theodore Guerin (created through the unification of St. Celestine and St. Cyprian Parishes), Fr. Paul Cao pastor
As of July 1, 2019
SS. Joseph & Francis Xavier, Fr. Wayne Watts pastor
SS. Ita & Thomas of Canterbury, Fr. Bob Cook, OFM Conv. pastor
Our Lady of Fatima & St. Pancratius, Fr. Nestor Saenz pastor
* St. Therese Chinese & St. Barbara, Fr. Francis Li pastor
* St. Mary of Perpetual Help & All Saints-St. Anthony, Fr. Tom Aschenbrener pastor
* St. Jerome Croatian & Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata, Fr. Ivica Majstorovic, OFM pastor
* Nativity of Our Lord & St. Gabriel, Fr. Bill McFarlane pastor
* Immaculate Conception (44th) & Five Holy Martyrs, Fr. Ricardo Castillo pastor
* Divine Infant Jesus & Divine Providence, Fr. Marcin Szczypula pastor
* St. Barbara & St. Louise de Marillac, Fr. Denis Condon pastor
* Our Lady of Loretto & St. Germaine, Fr. Tom Cabala pastor
* Immaculate Conception & St. Michael, Fr. Armand Ramirez Ruiz pastor
* Our Lady of Knock & St. Andrew the Apostle & St. Victor, Fr. Louis Mboe pastor
* Holy Family & Notre Dame de Chicago, Fr. Peter McQuinn pastor
* Sacred Heart & St. Eulalia, Fr. Francisco Ortega pastor
* St. Domitilla & St. Simeon, Fr. Julio Lam pastor
* St. Camillus & Jane de Chantal, Fr. Ted Dzieszko pastor
* Holy Ghost, St. Mary Queen of Apostles, and St. Jude the Apostle, Fr. Gosbert Rwezahura pastor
* these parish communities are still prayerfully considering the future name of the parish. Please see below for an explanation of parish naming.
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.