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Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Update on Two Renew My Church Groups – Press Releases

The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced an update on the Alsip-Crestwood-Palos and Northwest Side-Harwood Heights-Norridge Renew My Church groupings.

Over the past few months, both groups’ feedback and discernment teams, made up of representatives from each parish, have met to review and evaluate future parish, school and church structures. Based on their meetings and discussions with the larger parishes, they submitted feedback reports to the Archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission, which includes representatives from across the archdiocese. The commission reviewed the feedback reports and other materials and information, including demographics, financial summaries, and community and group trends.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese and the Council of Priests discussed the Commission’s recommendations. Based on these discussions and prayerful reflections, the following decisions were made:

The Alsip-Crestwood-Palos Renew My Church grouping includes the following congregations and schools:

  • Incarnation Church (Crestwood)
  • Parish and School of St. Alexander (Palos Heights)
  • Parish of St. Terrence (Alsip)

The new structure will be:

  • Incarnation and St. Terrence will be united as a new church with two places of worship, one pastor and one pastoral team, effective July 1, 2022.
    • Both churches will continue to hold regular services and the pastor will determine the service schedules in consultation with the church leadership.
    • Incarnation will serve as the parish church that will house the sacramental records of the unified parish.
    • The tentative name of the unified parish will be Incarnation and St. Terrence Parish. The local church will explore options for a new permanent church name within the guidelines provided by the Archdiocese.
    • Rev. Arek Falana will be pastor of the unified church.
  • St. Alexander Parish and School will continue in its current structure.

The Northwest Side-Harwood Heights-Norridge Renew My Church grouping includes the following congregations and schools:

  • St. Eugene Parish and School (Chicago)
  • St. Monica Parish and School (Chicago)
  • Divine Savior Parish (Harwood Heights)
  • Parish of Our Lady Mother of the Church (Chicago)
  • Parish of St. Rosalie (Harwood Heights)

The new structure will be:

  • St. Monica and St. Rosalie will be combined into one church with two places of worship, one pastor and one pastoral team effective July 1, 2022.
    • Both churches will continue to hold regular services. The pastor determines the schedule of services in consultation with the parish leadership.
    • St. Monica will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the unified parish will be kept.
    • The local church will explore options for the new permanent church name within the guidelines provided by the Archdiocese.
    • Rev. Greg Lorens will serve as pastor of the newly unified parish.
    • St. Monica Academy remains the school administered by the parish.
  • St. Eugene, Divine Redeemer and Our Lady of the Church will combine into one parish with one vicar and pastoral team effective July 1, 2022.
    • St. Eugene and Our Lady Mother of the Church will continue to hold Masses regularly. The pastor determines the schedule of services in consultation with the parish leadership.
    • St. Eugene will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the united parish will be kept.
    • The RMC Commission has recommended that regularly scheduled Masses at Divine Savior Church be completed between August 1st and September 5th (Labor Day weekend) 2022.
    • The local church will explore options for a new permanent church name within the guidelines provided by the Archdiocese.
    • The Archdiocese of Chicago Priest Placement Board will continue its decision making to recommend a pastor for the newly united congregation and will release more information as it becomes available.
    • St. Eugene School remains as a community school.
  • The feasibility of continuing two church locations in each unified congregation is under ongoing review as part of the regular review process between the parish leadership and the Episcopal Vicar and his team.

Next Steps

The Archdiocese and current parish ministers, along with the Archdiocesan Renew My Church Accompaniment Team, will work with local leaders to ensure uniting faith communities and staff are supported during this time of change. All parishes will enter the next phase of renewal to be stronger, more sustainable and able to reach more people in their ministry, become disciples of Jesus Christ, build communities and inspire witness.

About Renew My Church
Renew My Church is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s response to Christ’s call and our invitation to renew. The Renew My Church process will transform the Archdiocese over the next few years, working with groupings of parishes to determine how to achieve the goal of having vibrant, life-giving faith communities accessible to all Catholics. To learn more about Renew My Church, visit renewmychurch.org.

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