Decisions

Parish Announcements

WAVE 3 ANNOUNCEMENTS

As part of Wave 3*, five parish groupings recently received structural decisions. Based on months of prayerful discussions and consideration, the following decisions have been made:

63rd Street Grouping

The grouping includes St. Rene Parish and St. Symphorosa Parish and School.

The parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2020. Both churches will continue to hold regularly scheduled Mass within the new parish. St. Symphorosa will be designated the parish church, where the business office and records are kept. St. Symphorosa will serve as the parish school.

Parish leadership, as good stewards focused on mission imperatives of renewal, will continuously assess how its structures are serving the parish’s mission. The sustainability of maintaining multiple campuses while fostering unity and the ability to grow mission outreach will be a focus going forward. To ensure discernment of this important subject continues, Cardinal Cupich asks parish leadership to submit a formal evaluation each year with a final determination within three years regarding whether continuing to operate at two campuses best supports the new parish’s mission and ministry or if focusing the parish at one campus will more effectively foster unity, steward parish resources, and grow mission outreach.

South Shore Grouping

The grouping includes:

  • St. Bride Parish
  • Our Lady Gate of Heaven Parish
  • Our Lady of Peace Parish
  • St. Philip Neri Parish and School

The intent is for the four parishes to unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2020. The RMC Commission recommended that all regularly scheduled Masses transition to St. Philip Neri no later than Ash Wednesday 2021. St. Philip will serve as the parish church for the newly formed parish, where the business office and parish records will be kept. St. Philip Neri will serve as the parish school. The Haitian Apostolate that worships at Our Lady of Peace will continue to gather at Our Lady of Peace for its Masses until such a time the church is no longer available. ​​​​​​​

West Ridge Grouping

The grouping includes:

  • St. Henry Parish
  • St. Margaret Mary Parish
  • St Timothy Parish
  • Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Croatian Catholic Mission
  • Northside Catholic Academy

The three parishes will unite to form a new parish, effective July 1, 2020. St. Margaret Mary will serve as the parish church for the newly formed parish, where the business office and records are kept. Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Croatian Catholic Mission will continue as a Croatian Mission. The new parish and the Croatian Mission will share use of and responsibility for Angel Guardian Church. The RMC Commission recommended all regularly scheduled Masses from St. Henry and St. Timothy transition to St. Margaret Mary Church and Angel Guardian Church no later than Ash Wednesday 2021.

There are no changes to Northside Catholic Academy, which has one of its two campuses at St. Margaret Mary.

Elk Grove Village Grouping

The grouping includes St. Julian Eymard Parish and Queen of the Rosary Parish and School. 

Both churches will continue to hold regularly scheduled Mass within the new parish. Queen of the Rosary will be designated the parish church, where the business office and records are kept. Queen of the Rosary School will serve as the parish school.

The RMC Commission was particularly impressed with how clearly the Grouping Team connected how physical structures and financial resources support ministry and the upcoming work of renewal. To ensure momentum built during the discernment process of 2019 continues, Cardinal Cupich asks parish leadership to submit a formal evaluation each year with a final determination within three years regarding whether continuing to operate at two campuses best supports the new parish’s mission and ministry or if focusing the parish at one campus will more effectively foster unity, steward parish resources, and grow mission outreach.

Southwest Grouping

The grouping includes:

  • St. Basil/Visitation Parish and School
  • St. Clare of Montefalco Parish
  • St. Gall Parish and School
  • St. Rita of Cascia Parish
  • St. Simon the Apostle Parish

St. Simon the Apostle will become part of St. Gall Parish, operating as a site of St. Gall Parish. St. Gall will be designated the parish church, where the business office and records are kept. St. Clare of Montefalco will become part of St. Rita of Cascia Parish, operating as a site of St. Rita of Cascia Parish. St. Rita of Cascia will be designated the parish church, where the business office and records are kept. St. Basil/Visitation Parish will continue in its current structure. There are no changes to Visitation School and St. Gall School – both will continue with their current programs.

East Side Grouping

The grouping includes:

  • Annunciata Parish and School
  • St. Francis de Sales Parish
  • St. George Parish
  • St. Kevin Parish

The four parishes will unite to form one, new parish, effective July 1, 2020. Annunciata will be designated the parish church, where the business office and records are kept. Annunciata School will serve as the parish school. The RMC Commission recommended all regularly scheduled Masses at St. Francis de Sales and St. George cease and transition to Annunciata and St. Kevin no later than Ash Wednesday 2021. Local leadership will set a specific timeline, and experience has been that transitioning sooner is most prudent for the community.

Waukegan Grouping

The grouping includes St. Anastasia Parish and School and St. Dismas Parish.

The parishes will unite to form one, new parish, effective July 1, 2020. Both churches will continue to hold regularly scheduled Mass within the new parish. St. Dismas will be designated the parish church, where the parish records are kept. St. Anastasia School will serve as the parish school.

Cardinal Cupich asks parish leadership to submit a formal evaluation each year with a final determination within three years regarding whether continuing to operate at two campuses best supports the new parish’s mission and ministry or if focusing the parish at one campus will more effectively foster unity, steward parish resources, and grow mission outreach.

St. Genevieve and St. Stanislaus Grouping

The parishes will unite to form one, new parish, effective July 1, 2020, named Ss. Genevieve and Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr. St. Genevieve will be designated the parish church, where the business office and records are kept. St. Stanislaus will continue to operate as a church of the new parish. St. Genevieve School will serve as the parish school.

What happens next?

In all groupings where a decision was made to unite parishes or bring an existing parish into another parish, the change is made to better position the respective communities to invest their collective gifts and resources for ministry into the future.

Over the next few months, the archdiocese and the pastors of the current parishes will support the communities in their transition to the new parish and school structures, specifically as they receive support from the Operations Transition team. The archdiocese’s Renew My Church Accompaniment Team will work alongside local leadership to ensure the uniting faith communities and staff members are supported through this time of change.

All parishes will embark on the next phase of the renewal process to become a stronger, more sustainable presence for the future, capable of reaching more people in their work of making disciples of Jesus Christ, building communities with one another and inspiring witness in the world around us.

What is meant by "Wave 3?"

All parishes in the archdiocese are grouped together in groupings. Each grouping is, subsequently, part of a wave of groupings that move through the phases of renewal. Wave 4 begins this upcoming spring.