Renew My Church: The Journey of Renewal

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Renew My Church: The Journey of Renewal

At the heart of our Renew My Church efforts is the renewal of vital, sustainable parishes that have the leadership, resources, and vision necessary to create an effective culture of evangelization that makes disciples, builds communities, and inspires witness. This requires prayerful discernment, and challenging conversations on our part. It also necessitates great trust that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, will lead us to where He wants us to go.

As I’ve shared, our Parish is working with St. Patrick’s in Wadsworth as one group to discern and provide input into how we can best structure our parishes and ministries to make disciples, build community, and inspire witness. Together, we are working through three stages on a shared journey of renewal:

  • Discernment & Decisions: This is the phase we are in right now. The Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team (GFDT) will reflect upon potential scenarios of how our local parishes and schools may be organized differently in the future, and develop potential ideas to achieve the mission imperatives. This stage concludes when Cardinal Cupich makes his final decisions regarding any structural changes affecting the grouping.
  • Organizational Transition: Once decisions are made that result in structural/organizational changes to the grouping, a dedicated support team from the Archdiocese works on-site to help pastors manage the transition – both the pastoral accompaniment to walk with people through this time of change and operational transition to ensure new parishes have strong, sustainable operational foundations, upon which the great work of ministry can be built to achieve our mission imperatives.
  • Building the New Reality: At this point in the process, with the structural, operational, financial, and personnel foundations in place, the grouping will focus its efforts on vibrantly living out the three Imperatives. At the core will be a culture of evangelization that supports the work of making disciples, building community, and inspiring witness. This will be a journey over the next several years in our Parish.

Along this journey, our Good Shepherd guides our steps. He is with us always, and assures us in the Gospel, “My sheep hear My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” (–Jn 10:27-30). It’s on us to keep our ears open and to listen with our hearts throughout this process.

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

Renew My Church: A Call To Humility, Trust, Hope, And Charity - click here to know more

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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.