Renew My Church: A Call To Humility, Trust, Hope, And Charity

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Renew My Church: A Call To Humility, Trust, Hope, And Charity

As our Grouping Team continues the strenuous task of prayerfully discerning, and thoughtfully discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the various scenarios presented a few weeks ago, we would do well to keep a few scriptural passages in mind:

“Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’; but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater: the one seated at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at the table? I am among you as the one who serves.” (–Luke 22:23-27)

I encourage all of us to meditate on this passage, and its’ impact for our own lives and, in a special way, our thoughts as to what might be best for the future of our Parish, and our place in the renewal of the Church for the entire Chicagoland area. We are called to serve one another.

The Renew My Church Prayer that we shared at the beginning of this process, and that is prayed by our Grouping Team at every meeting offers these intentions:

Pour out the gift of Your Holy Spirit upon us, and so enable us

to hear You clearly

to listen to each other attentively to imagine our future boldly

to discern Your direction wisely

to persevere in Your holy will courageously to stay together in charity

to surrender our own plans readily to embrace the greater good

to hand on Your gifts to future generations.

Let us continue to make these intentions our own as a daily expression of our love for and hope in Jesus Christ, His Church, and our entire Archdiocesan Faith Community.

As always, for more information, visit RenewMyChurch.org, or ask: Fr. Paul, Peggy Reid, Maggie Dolan,  Phil Tobin, Ann Ennesser, Winnie Webber, or Areliz Ramirez.

Renew My Church --- see previous published references below

Renew My Church: What is it? Why are we doing it? click here for details...

Renew My Church: Our Grouping Process Timeline - read more here...

Renew My Church: Invitation to Parish Conversation - click here for more details...

Renew My Church: Parish Conversation To Discuss Our Future - click here for the process overview

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Schedule of Meetings

Below is our schedule of meetings – note the Parish conversations to which everyone is invited to attend. More details about those will be published in our bulletin, and on the parish website as those dates approach.

Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team Conversations: Our meeting dates will be on Thursdays on September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th, and October 14th, and 21st.

Parish Conversations – For All Parishioners To Attend:

Tuesday, September 21st, at 7PM in the Church

Tuesday, October 5th, at 7PM in the Church


Please reach out with any questions, and feel free to visit RenewMyChurch.org to learn more about the vision for renewal in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Lord Jesus,

You speak to us today,

as You spoke to holy men and women who have gone before us.

In every age and in our own time,

You call to us and say: Renew My Church. Pour out the gift of Your Holy Spirit upon us,

and so enable us to hear You clearly,

to listen to each other attentively,

to imagine our future boldly, to discern your direction wisely,

to persevere in Your holy will courageously, to stay together in charity,

to surrender our own plans readily, to embrace the greater good,

to hand on Your gifts to future generations.

May we remain in the holy company of

the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostles, and all of the Saints.

May their example and presence inspire us with patient confidence in the work of Your grace.

We ask this of You who live and reign

with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen.