Decisions

Parish Announcements

UPCOMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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MAY 2021
Dates and times are listed below, registration links will be posted shortly

 

Wicker Square Grouping
St. Aloysius, St. Hedwig, St. John Berchmans, St. Mary of the Angels
Monday, May 10  |  7 pm

Greater Ashburn Grouping
St. Bede the Venerable, St. Denis, St. Thomas More
Monday, May 10  |  8 pm

Orland-Tinley Grouping
St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Francis of Assisi, St. George, St. Julie Billiart, St. Michael, Our Lady of the Woods, St. Stephen Deacon & Martyr
Tuesday, May 11  |  7pm

O’Hare Neighborhood Grouping
Immaculate Conception, St. Juliana, Mary Seat of Wisdom, Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Ransom, St. Paul of the Cross
Wednesday, May 12  |  7pm

Sts. Richard and Bruno Grouping
St. Bruno and St. Richard
Wednesday, May 12  |  8 pm

Kedzie-Elston Grouping
St. Edward, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mercy & Resurrection
Friday, May 14  |  7 pm

 

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

MARCH 2021

 

Blue Island Posen Robbins St. Walter Grouping
St. Benedict, St. Donatus, St. Stanislaus B&M, St. Walter, St. Peter Claver Mission
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish)

Southeast Suburbs Grouping
St. Agnes, St. Ann, St. Irenaeus, St. James, St. John, St. Kieran, St. Lawrence O’Toole, St. Paul
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish)

Greater Ashburn Grouping
St. Bede the Venerable, St. Denis, St. Thomas More
Meeting is postponed.
Please click here to read the letter shared with the parishes.

West Little Village Grouping
Epiphany, St. Agnes of Bohemia, Good Shepherd
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish)

Bernardine-Luke Grouping
St. Bernardine, St. Luke, St. Vincent Ferrer
Click here for a copy of the decision. 

 

JANUARY 2021

 

Kedzie-Elston Corridor Grouping
St. Edward, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mercy, Resurrection
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish)

Edens Valley Grouping
St. Isaac Jogues, St. John Brebeuf, St. Lambert, St. Martha, St. Peter
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Polish)

Wrigley Field Grouping
St. Andrew, St. Benedict, St. Mary of the Lake, Our Lady of Lourdes
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish)

West Town Grouping
St. Helen, Holy Innocents, Holy Rosary, St. Malachy + Precious Blood, Santa Maria Addolorata, St. Mark, St. Stephen King of Hungary
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish | Polish)

Logan Square-Avondale Grouping 
Our Lady of Grace, St. Hyacinth Basilica, St. Sylvester
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish | Polish)

NRLSR Grouping (North Riverside, Lyons, Stickney, Riverside)
St. Hugh, St. Mary, Mater Christi, St. Pius X
Click here for a copy of the decision.

Ferdinand-Ladislaus Grouping
St. Ferdinand, St. Ladislaus
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Polish)

SW CHOP (Southwest Suburbs of Chicago Ridge, Hickory Hills, Oak Lawn and Palos Hills) 
St. Linus, Our Lady of the Ridge, St. Patricia, Sacred Heart
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Polish)

Summit Grouping
St. Blase, St. Joseph
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish | Polish)

Oak Lawn-Bridgeview-Burbank Grouping
St. Albert the Great, St. Fabian, St. Gerald, St. Louis de Monfort
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish | Polish)

Chatham-Park Manor Grouping
St. Clotilde, St. Columbanus, St. Dorothy
Click here for a copy of the decision.

Bronzeville-Hyde Park Grouping
St. Ambrose, St. Anselm, Corpus Christi, St. Elizabeth, Holy Angels, St. Thomas the Apostle
Click here for a copy of the decision.

 

DECEMBER 2020

 

Our Lady’s Triangle
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish | Polish)

Rogers Park – Edgewater
Click here for a copy of the decision in English and Spanish.

Jefferson-Portage Park and Old Irving Park-Addison
Click below for a copy of the decision.
(English | Spanish | Polish)


WAVE 4 ANNOUNCEMENTS

In Wave 4, two groupings have already received their final decision from the Cardinal. Additional groupings will be announced in January 2021.

Markham/Harvey Grouping

Ascension-St. Susanna, St. Gerard Majella, St. John the Baptist

The parishes will unite as one new parish with a new name. The effective date of the formal union of the parishes will be no later than July 1, 2021 (confirmed as April 5, 2021). St John the Baptist will be designated the parish church, where the business office and sacramental records are kept.

The RMC commission recommends ceasing regularly scheduled Masses at Ascension-St. Susanna and St. Gerard Majella and transitioning all regularly scheduled Masses to St. John the Baptist no later than the first Sunday of advent 2021. Local leadership will set a specific timeline for this transition. Many new parish communities have discerned transitioning Masses sooner than the recommended date is prudent for the community.

The Archdiocesan Priest Placement Board is actively searching for a strong pastor for the new parish, one who can promote healing and unity for this community.

Back of the Yards Grouping 

Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel

The parishes will unite as one new parish with a new name. The effective date of the formal union of the parishes will be no later than July 1, 2021 (confirmed as April 12, 2021). Holy Cross and St. Joseph will be Sunday worship centers. St. Joseph will be designated the parish church where the sacramental records will be kept.

The Renew My Church Commission has additionally recommended:

  • St. Michael the Archangel will continue to host one Sunday mass.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary will not be used for regular worship activity.

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 worship sites 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 multiple sites best supports the new parish’s mission and ministry or if focusing the parish at fewer sites will more effectively foster unity, steward parish resources, and grow mission outreach.


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.