The Archdiocese of Chicago on Monday announced a number of consolidations of West Side, South Side and South Suburb parishes. The consolidations are part of the Renew My Church initiative launched in 2016 to address declining membership.
St. Agathe and St. Martin de Porres will unite as a new parish with two worship and ministry sites, a pastor and a pastoral team, beginning July 1, 2022. Both churches will continue to hold masses while the parish registers will be kept at St. Martin de Porrès.
The local community will discuss the possibilities of a new name for the unified parish.
St. Angela School will continue in its current structure in association with the United Parish.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows will continue in its current structure, with enhanced collaboration with the new united parish.
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Holy Name of Mary, SS. Peter and Paul and St. John de La Salle will unite into a new parish with Sunday worship to be held at Holy Name of Mary Church. The parish will have a pastor and pastoral staff effective July 1, 2022. The combined parish will also receive a new name.
A schedule for the full transition of Masses to Holy Name of Mary Church will be released in the coming months.
St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Kilian will form a new parish with Sunday worship to be held in St. Margaret of Scotland. The new parish will have a pastor and pastoral team, effective July 1, 2022, and will also receive a new name.
St. Anthony and St. Sabina parishes will retain their current structures.
There are no changes to St. Ethelreda School, St. John De La Salle School, St. Margaret of Scotland School and St. Sabina Academy.
St. Anne in Hazel Crest, St. Emeric in Country Club Hills and St. Joseph in Homewood will unite into a new parish, with St. Joseph serving as the parish church. The combined parish will have a new name, pastor and pastoral team, effective July 1, 2022.
The Infant Jesus of Prague in Flossmoor, St. Irenaeus in Park Forest and St. Lawrence O’Toole in Matteson will also unite as a new parish, with the Infant Jesus of Prague serving as the parish church. The combined parish will have a new name, pastor and pastoral team, effective July 1, 2022.
The Infant Jesus School in Prague will serve as the parish school.