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RMC Final Decree – St. Giles / St. Catherine – St. Lucy


IMPORTANT RMC UPDATE AND ANNOUNCEMENT

WITH BISHOP KEVIN BIRMINGHAM

TODAY, Friday, January 28 at 8 PM – One must preregister in order to participate in the announcement session.

We are pleased that Bishop Kevin Birmingham, our regional bishop and Cardinal Cupich’s representative to our region of the archdiocese, will be with us on Friday, January 28, at 8 pm, to join us in prayer and share an important update on the future of our parishes. This will be held online.

Once you register, the Renew My Church team will send you a link for the 8 PM Announcement.

The meeting will be recorded and available after the Friday 8 PM Session. Follow the prompts to the RMC page linked below and scroll down for the Oak Park Cluster. The RMC announcement will also be posted on the parish website beginning Saturday, January 29.

Please click on the button / link below for details about how to access the meeting from your computer or smartphone.

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RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE

From Father Carl Morello

Parish Bulletin – May 22, 2022

What’s happening regarding Renew My Church? Our unification team has met for the second time and has a third meeting planned for June 4. Two topics that have been discussed are opportunities for members from both parishes to meet each other and attend Mass at one another’s site. We talked about scheduling some “Mass and Meet” weekends throughout the summer. The topic of Mass times and schedules was raised as well as opportunities for small group gatherings for folks to share how they are feeling regarding unification opportunities and challenges. No decisions have been made. We recognize that conversation and decision making will take time. With summer almost here, taking it slow will be a blessing.

Soon, we hope to have a picture and a small bio on each member of the unification team so that you can identify them and share your thoughts or comments about our unification with them. More information to come in the weeks ahead!

As we walk together through this time of transition and BUILDING A NEW REALITY, the next phase of Renew My Church, let us remember the virtue of humility. This virtue is the antidote to pride. Humility helps us recognize that God is worthy of our worship and obedience. Rather than focusing on ourselves, humility helps us to be willing to focus on God and live according to His ways of love exemplified in Jesus.

Two other virtues to help guide us are gratitude and generosity. They go hand in hand, reminding us that God is the source of all good, and that everything we have is a gift to be enjoyed and shared. This will help remind us to stop the “compare-despair” cycle of envy and greed. We might look to limiting our time on social media and curbing impulse shopping and instead to finding more ways to show our generosity and kindness. To keep us focused, we can start the practice of naming things we are grateful for and appreciate every day in our prayers.

Our readings this weekend remind us of this important truth as we look toward the future. The readings offer assurance of God’s continuing presence with us. The apostles relied on the Holy Spirit to guide them. And, so must we!

And as we move toward our unification, I would like to offer my congratulations to Kevin and Marci Morgan of the St. Catherine-St. Lucy community for Kevin’s ordination to the permanent diaconate last weekend. We look forward to getting to know Kevin and Marci as our two communities come together. May God’s blessings be with them both in this new role as deacon couple.

Have a safe and blessed week ahead.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.

Fr. Carl MorelloPastor of St. Giles Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE

From Father Carl Morello

Parish Bulletin – May 15, 2022

As of July 1, Saint Giles and Saint Catherine of Siena-Saint Lucy Parishes will be unified as one. There are many questions about what this means and what it will look like. To help us begin BUILDING A NEW REALITY, I have started the process by assembling a UNIFICATION TEAM.

We gathered last week for the first time. Joining us was a representative from the Archdiocese who will be working with us on this new unification phase. He explained that the unification process will take approximately one year and consist of these unification activities:

  • Months 1-2: Listening sessions with members of the new parish
  • Months 3-5: Naming Team, Liturgical Team, Communication Team
  • Months 6-10: Parish Community & Environment Team, Parish Finance Council
  • Months 11-12: Transition from Unification phase into Building the New Reality phase.

At this point, there are three areas upon which we will be focusing:

  1. Listening sessions
  2. Determining a name for who we are as a new parish
  3. Unification celebration

Members of the Unification team are: Pat Carew, Mark Laboe, Ed Siderewicz, Sharon Zinkula (from St. Giles Parish) and Ginny Jones, Miles Jackson, Andrea Legatzke, Latrice Porter-Thomas, Renee Smith-Quinn (from St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish).

The next meeting of the Unification team is Monday evening, May 16.

Pope Francis’ vision for the Church from Evangelii Gaudium will guide our work ahead:

“I dream of a “missionary option,” that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, way of doing things, times and schedules, language and structure can be suitably channeled for evangelization of today’s world rather than our own self-preservation… The parish is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary out reach.”

What beautiful words for us to pray with and reflect upon as we begin this journey together.

Have a safe and blessed week ahead.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.

Fr. Carl MorelloPastor of St. Giles Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE

Working Today for a more Vibrant Church Tomorrow

March 20, 2022

Dear Members of our Four Worshipping Communities,

On January 28, 2022, we learned the decisions regarding the future our parishes. As of July 1, 2022, St. Catherine/St. Lucy and St. Giles Parishes will unite. Ascension Parish and St. Edmund Parish will also unite.

Perhaps some of you attended the meeting held on March 8 at St. Giles Parish. It was an informative meeting insofar as it laid out, in general terms, some of the spiritual and practical dimensions to what lies ahead for us.

Now what? In this brief update, we’d like to share with you some concrete plans that are already underway, and what some of the very next steps will be.

First, you may like to know that throughout this process, we, your priests, (Fr. Carl Morello, Fr. Rex Pillai and Fr. John McGivern) have been meeting regularly to discuss the ways that we can build the vibrant future we desire while honoring the legacies that our four parishes have afforded us.

One of the most recent topics being discussed is the future of Religious Education for our parish children. You may not be aware of the fact that over the past two years, the RE programs of all the parishes have been open to all our children regardless of parish affiliation. Sometimes, a certain day of the week is more convenient. Other times, a different style of education may be preferred. There are already many options. As July 1 now fast approaches, we want to be prepared for the coming year. Next week, we will be meeting with all the local RE leadership to determining ways to unify our programs further. Wherever a family chooses to worship locally, their children will have the same opportunities and benefits of a well-planned, comprehensive, multi-faceted RE program. Stay tuned for more details.

In the not-too-distant future, we will likely be discussing our Sunday and weekday Mass schedules. We have the time and the opportunity right now to consider what the actual needs are, given current Mass attendance trends. It is possible, if not likely, that some locations may need fewer Masses. Given the fact that we will have fewer priests beginning in July, this will be an important discussion.

Very soon, we will be establishing Unification Teams. These individuals from all four of the parishes will have the important task to support the priests and the pastoral staffs as we envision our new and more vibrant future, all the while ensuring that no one is ignored and no one is left behind.

The list of issues to address is very long and this has only begun to scratch the surface of all that needs to be considered. This is where we are today. We shall update you regularly as we move forward. You are always welcome to reach out to any of us to share your thoughts and ideas.

For all of this endeavor to come to fruition, we need your ongoing prayers. Let us always remember to pray for one another and together, let us pray for the Holy Spirit of God to guide us.

Sincerely,
Fr. Carl Morello, Fr. Rex Pillai, and Fr. John McGivern


FINAL RMC DECISION ANNOUNCEMENT

THE CATHOLIC PARISHES OF OAK PARK, IL

Ascension, St. Catherine/St. Lucy, St. Edmund, and St. Giles

January 29, 2022

Dear Parishioners of the Oak Park Parishes,

We, your priests, write to share with you the results of the Renew My Church parish configurations. The pages that follow contains the official document coming from the Archdiocese of Chicago. You will find that the information is detailed, but offers a clear direction for building the new parochial reality that we shall soon begin to implement.

We are gratified that Cardinal Cupich, the auxiliary bishops, the archdiocese’s Presbyteral Council and the administrative leadership of Renew My Church, in coming to their decision, ultimately agreed with and chose to adopt much of what the Oak Park parish representatives had presented to them. To that end, we wish to thank so many of you who were involved in this lengthy but important process. The Grouping Members from the 4 parishes met regularly for months to pray about and discuss how to move forward in a manner that would honor our past, address current challenging realities and develop a blueprint for the future. We are immensely grateful to them.

In addition, we wish to thank our parish Pastoral Staffs with whom we have had many discussions and from whom we have gained important insight for moving forward. Our Parish Councils have also been involved in these arduous and challenging discussions and we thank them sincerely for all the ways that they have guided us, encouraged us and offered valuable input to us.

Finally, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to you, our beloved parishioners, who have prayed along with us for a noble outcome, who have shared your thoughts and opinions with us and who have stayed the course, trusting that we would always have your best interest in mind as we addressed both the practical and pastoral needs of our 4 communities of faith.

The decision:

  • Ascension and St. Edmund Parishes will unite as one parish, effective July 1, 2022. Fr. Rex Pillai will become the pastor of this united parish.
  • St. Catherine / St. Lucy and St. Giles Parishes will unite as one parish, effective July 1, 2022. Fr. Carl Morello will become pastor of this united parish.

Let us continue to pray for one another as we embark upon this new and exciting time. Challenges are sure to arise, but let us recall what St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians tells us: “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” Let us, therefore, walk forward together in unity, embracing the new reality that we are asked to become and choosing to trust that the Holy Spirit shall walk along with us every step of this sacred journey.

May our Lord bless us all.

Fr. John McGivern
Pastor, St. Edmund Parish
Administrator, St. Catherine/St. Lucy Parish

Fr. Carl Morello
Pastor, St. Giles Parish
Administrator, Ascension Parish

Fr. Rex Pillai
Associate Pastor, Ascension Parish

RMC FINAL DECISION (PDF)

Letter above in PDF


PRAYER FOR OAK PARK GROUPING

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.

We call upon you as members of Ascension, St. Catherine/St. Lucy, St. Edmund and St. Giles Parishes to aid us in our discernment for your people. We trust in your guidance and in the gifts you have showered upon us: wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage, reverence, right judgment, and wonder and awe.

Assist us, we pray:

  • 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.

Enlighten our minds to discover the path you lay out for us that our combined efforts open hearts to faithful discipleship in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Archdiocesan Renew My Church Website


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – DECEMBER 5, 2021

This weekend, I would like to share an update from the Renew My Church Grouping Discernment Team. This update is being shared with all four of our Oak Park Parish communities as we move further along the RMC process:

On November 16, the Renew My Church Grouping Discernment Team put the finishing touches on a feedback document to the Archdiocese, and with that, completed the first phase of the Renew My Church (RMC) process.

RMC is a comprehensive effort by the Archdiocese to revitalize the church in order to make disciples, strengthen and build communities, and inspire witness to faith in Jesus Christ. This first phase was devoted to determining which of six scenarios would result in the best use of buildings and ministries to carry out that mission. Perhaps you took the opportunity to attend some of the information and feedback sessions about the scenarios or participated in the Novena With a Twist that was part of this process.

The Grouping Team used data, its own experience, your feedback, and Foundational Principles provided by the Archdiocese, to determine the best scenarios for Oak Park. The Team is making two recommendations to the Archdiocesan RMC Commission: a two-parish scenario (with two different pairings of the parishes) and a one parish scenario. It is important to remember that the Team’s role was to discern and recommend, not to decide. That resides with the Cardinal.

Next steps are for the Writing Team members – a group that wrote up the work of the entire Team, consisting of one person from each of the parishes – to present the feedback to the Executive Committee of the RMC Commission on December 7. The Executive Committee will then make a recommendation to the full Commission, which refers up to the Vicar and Presbyteral Council and finally to Cardinal Cupich. He will announce his decision for the new structure for the churches in Oak Park on January 28.

During its last meeting, the team members talked about the process, and expressed their gratitude for aspects of the work they had done together. “I’m grateful for the people I’ve met from the other parishes through this process”; “I’m grateful for the openness and lack of defensiveness”; “I’m grateful for the support of the smaller parishes by the Team”; “I’m grateful for the hope and excitement I feel about the future of our church in Oak Park”. These were just some of the team members’ comments. The overall sentiment was one of gratitude for the opportunity to participate on the Team and for the work it did together.

Change is coming! After January 28, all parishioners will have the opportunity to engage in the next phase of Building the New Reality.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.

Father Carl Morello
Pastor of St. Giles Parish and Administrator of Ascension Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – NOVEMBER 28, 2021

Where are we at with the Renew My Church (RMC) Process? – The leadership team, made up of members from all four parishes, had our final meeting on Tuesday, November 16. After an extensive discernment process that took into consideration feedback received from members of each of the parishes, a document was prepared, namely, Community Discernment and Planning Feedback Summary. Recognizing the diversity of all four parishes, we are also more keenly aware of how we are parts of a single Church. This document will be given to the Archdiocesan RMC Committee for review.

On a personal note, I felt encouraged and blessed to be engaged with all the members of this team over the past several months. There was much wisdom, clarity of purpose and great vision shared as we looked at our challenges and the potential of our future as Church in Oak Park and beyond. I was moved by the novena prayer said by all of our folks as we look to the Holy Spirit to guide us and the final decision made by the Cardinal and the Archdiocese. Let’s continue to offer our prayers for the success of the process and for working together to build a new reality in our community. No decision has been made at this time. Stay tuned for further information to be shared.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE – SCENARIOS AND DATA – OCTOBER 7, 2021

Dear St. Giles Community Members,

On Monday, October 4, about 100 folks, many in person in McDonough Hall and others online, gathered to hear information regarding the proposed Renew My Church (RMC) scenarios for our Oak Park Community and beyond. The presentation was recorded and can been seen below, if you missed it. At the heart of RMC, there are three mission imperatives: called by Jesus Christ, we are Making Disciples, Building Communities and Inspiring Witness.

What renewed ways do we need to consider for today’s environment; how can we align our resources in order to best respond to Jesus’ call to renewal?

There were many good questions and comments shared. I stressed that NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE. The next step is gathering community feedback and for the parish teams that have met together to look at the feedback, taking it into consideration for a decision. That information then is brought to the priest council and presented to the Cardinal for the final decision. Our gathering and collecting of feedback is one part of the process we are now engaged in.

Leadership, shared wisdom and talents, creating strong bonds and community, working together and stronger, were all part of the very focused discussions about potential possibilities for the church in this community and beyond.

Hard copies of any material shared at the meeting can be picked up at the Parish Center during our office hours. The materials have also posted below as PDF files – Please fill out the Feedback Form below and drop it off to the Parish Center or email it to stgiles@stgilesparish.org – We encourage all parishioners to submit your feedback as soon as possible – An overview of responses as of October 11, 2021 is linked below! 

Overview of Responses as of 10-11-2021 (PDF)

RMC Oak Park Grouping – Scenarios and Data (PDF)

Parishioner Feedback Form (PDF)

FAQs – What is a Mission? (PDF)

FAQs – Discernment & Decisions Process (PDF)

STAY TUNED!

October is also a month when we celebrate and remember Mary, our spiritual mother. Some wonder why?

In Old Testament kingdoms, the queen mother played a significant role in her son’s governance of his kingdom. Her power and authority flowed from her position as it related to her son. His subjects often petitioned her to speak to him on their behalf. As Queen Mother of Heaven, Mary’s purpose is to further her Son’s kingdom. When we turn to her, she acts with her authority to bring our concerns to her Son, and He is always inclined to fulfill her wishes.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, intercede for us!

As our communities of faith walk together through the Renew My Church process, may our Spiritual Mother, Mary accompany us.

Have a blessed week ahead.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.

Father Carl Morello
Pastor of St. Giles Parish and Administrator of Ascension Parish


OUR PARISH GROUPING

St. Giles is in a grouping with St. Catherine-St. Lucy, Ascension, and St. Edmund.

In early November 2019, staff members and many in roles of parish leadership met with a member of the Archdiocese to learn how Renew My Church should be considered as we move forward with our 2025 vision for our faith community. What became clear for us are the many challenges we face, one being listening and responding to the mistrust and hurt feelings that folks raised toward the leadership in the Archdiocese, and all the way to Rome. Yet, there is such great hope as we see the many gifts and strengths of our parish leaders, all of whom will help us respond to the many challenges we continue to face. One very important consideration as we plan and move forward will be how we address the issue of folks who have no faith or community affiliation in our own neighborhoods? Along with this, how do we change hearts of many who come to church for “what’s in it for me,” rather than participating with the people of God so they can be transformed into disciples. In other words, do we come to church, Mass, to be changed? Lots to think about and consider.


DOCUMENTATION AND RESOURCES


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

The RMC, Renew My Church, process is back in motion. Each small team from the four parish sites will meet with our Archdiocesan Facilitator for our fourth meeting on Tuesday, September 21. At this meeting, we will continue to look at and discuss initial scenarios for the future of the Oak Park and greater Catholic communities that are also a part of our parish communities.

These scenarios are meant to bring to the table creative possibilities to best use buildings and ministries for making disciples, strengthening and building communities, and inspiring witness to faith in Jesus Christ.

What is a scenario? It is considering how parishes might unite to become stronger together, or what would allow a parish to stand alone, fulfilling all I just mentioned above. In looking at a vision for the future, the spiritual and structural renewal to which we are called are dependent upon one another. We must consider the best and the most efficient stewardship of our resources.

Once these scenarios are decided upon, they will be presented to each parish. The plan now is to send them out on Friday, September 24. The following Sunday or Monday, October 3 or 4, there will be a open parish meeting for review and any feedback you might want to offer regarding the scenarios. These meetings will occur individually in each parish and on the same weekend, perhaps on the same day and time. I will keep you posted on the date and time for that meeting here at Saint Giles.

This is currently what is happening, and the plan, as we move forward in the RMC process.

Wishing you a blessed and safe week ahead.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – JUNE 13, 2021

Parish Renew My Church Groupings Begins to Meet

Dear St. Giles Parishioners,

The heart of our Renew My Church effort is the parish grouping process – the goal of which is to ensure that all parishes across the archdiocese have the vision, leadership, resources, and operational foundation necessary to create an effective culture of evangelization that makes disciples, builds communities, and inspires witness.

Changing church attendance patterns over many decades has left many parishes heavily burdened by operational and financial concerns that limit their ability to have expansive ministry programs around evangelization and discipleship formation. A decreasing number of priests available to serve at parishes creates a need to rethink our leadership model to include a stronger lay leadership core team with proper governance structures for accountability. There is a need to ensure that we have a common understanding of proven evangelization programs and processes that are rooted in Catholic teaching.

All 344 parishes in the diocese have been joined into 98 groupings. Within these groupings, parishes will determine opportunities for collaboration and unity following a structured process for discernment, transition, and building a future together.

Many of today’s challenges require looking and working beyond our individual parish. The only way to make sustainable change in our communities is to work together in new and bold ways. Groupings are called to greater collaboration to take on these challenges with bold vision.

Our grouping consists of the four Oak Park parishes. Grouping parishes together allows for local-level ownership and planning to take place and ensures that local feedback is present within the process of renewal. Grouping allows for assessment of new parish models. Additionally, parish groupings help strengthen relationships between parishes, provide a better evaluation of the current realities within their community, make for a clearer discernment of what configuration would be best for their community, and more effectively identify what they each have to share and what the spiritual renewal in their community will look like.

A set of parishes is considered a good grouping if they: are reasonably close geographically. serve the same broader community (e.g. the parishes serve the same public-school district). have obvious commonalities and affinities (e.g. parishioners occasionally attend mass at more than one parish in the grouping).

Here at St. Giles, after consultation with the parish staff, those joining me on the RMC team will be: Meg Bigane, John Gallo, John Milder, Ed Siderewicz, Melanie Halvorson and Claire Noonan. Meg is the staff member in the group and the other five individuals have all have demonstrated leadership and wisdom in a variety of ways in the parish.

The first meeting took place on Tuesday, June 8. There will be several gatherings throughout the course of the next several months. Our goal is to create a few scenarios for what the new Catholic footprint will be in the Oak Park area. Once submitted, Cardinal Cupich will make the final determination as to what changes will actually be made.

I will continue to update you with information when it is made available. Please pray for the success of these proceedings and that they will indeed serve to make a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable Catholic community for everyone who currently worships at the four Oak Park parishes.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl MorelloPastor of St. Giles Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – MAY 23, 2021

A Letter from the Priests of the Oak Park Parishes to the People We Serve in all Four Parishes

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Beginning in June, the four Oak Park parishes, which make up one grouping, will begin the process of discerning the future of the Catholic Church in Oak Park. Change is challenging and difficult, but when it comes to the vitality and the future of the Church we love, we must remain open to what that future may hold.

All of the parishes are in the process of developing a team of five parishioners (not including the pastor or administrator) who will regularly gather throughout the next several months, all with the goal of developing possible scenarios which will help in the revitalization of the local worshiping communities. There is a trained facilitator who will lead the groups in their discernment.

It would be inaccurate simply to understand this process as a means by which parishes may merge, consolidate or even close. The ultimate goal is to develop worshipping communities that are sustainable in every way. Yes, that certainly includes financially, as well as taking an honest look at the health and safety of our buildings. Even more than that, however, we must be sure that all of our resources – be that priest personnel, parish staffs, and our lay leadership are all being utilized in the most effective and efficient ways, that will create even greater life-giving and vital worship communities for all of you.

This process requires that everyone let go of a too narrow, parochial perspective of what it means to be Church and to embrace what a new, revitalized, Catholic footprint would look like. This is not an easy task for anyone to accept, including us, your priests. After much prayer and reflection, however, we have come to believe that it is the right and necessary task. The current model of parish life in Oak Park is not sustainable for much longer, and a new vision is especially needed. We welcome this opportunity for us to grow, to evolve and to change together, and we invite you to join us on this new and important journey. We need you to accompany us on this journey and we cannot imagine embarking upon it without you.

This can be an exciting and life-giving opportunity, but it requires that everyone set aside the “this is how it has always been” mentality and embrace what may come. Yes, there will be challenges and changes, and yes, the future is frightening and uncertain, but what awaits us will be revitalizing, exciting and sustainable for Catholics today and the new generation of Catholics who are soon to follow.

It seems appropriate that on this occasion of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit filled the first disciples with hope and strength, and set them afire to share their faith in the Lord Jesus, that we reach out to you today. Symbolic of our desire to walk together into a renewed, sustainable and Spirit-filled Church in Oak Park, beginning this weekend, all four of our parishes will begin to pray the following petition at mass every weekend, reminding us that we are all one faith community and that we must all grow together.

For all the Catholic parishes of Oak Park, and the people they serve, that as we enter the Renew My Church process, we may be open to developing new opportunities for unity and the deepening of our shared lives of faith, we pray…

Please know that we pray for each of you every day. Let us always remember to pray for one another, and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we now embark on this holy task of renewal and revitalization of the faith communities and people we so love.

Sincerely,
Fr. Carl Morello
Pastor, St. Giles Parish / Administrator, Ascension Parish
Fr. Rex Pillai
Associate Pastor, Ascension Parish
Fr. John McGivern
Pastor, St. Edmund Parish / Administrator, St. Catherine/St. Lucy Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – MARCH 14, 2021

If you recall, I shared in my corner a couple of weeks ago that our four Oak Park parishes will come together to begin discussion around the Renew My Church (RMC) process. The official process will begin sometime in June. Over the years, we have know one another through events and sacramental celebrations that have happened across the parishes. In effort to get to know our neighbors and those in leadership on our parish councils, a Zoom meeting took place last Monday evening. The larger group gathered and was then broken up into smaller groups of six. Each group was led by a “circle keeper” who allowed for everyone to have time to speak. The same questions were asked of each participant. This was not a decision-making gathering, rather one where folks met one another and shared thoughts around these two questions:

What is it you feel is unique and that you love about your parish? In building and creating a vison for future Catholic ministry for Oak Park and beyond, what might we work on together?

This was one simple step for meaningful discussion as we move forward and prepare for the process which will also include the larger parish communities.

The ultimate goals of RMC are building stronger communities of faith by working together and sharing resources where possible and bringing others to stronger or new relationships with Christ. Many factors play into how this reality will shape up for our communities. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us work together to build a new reality in our church today. I will keep you posted and share more information along the way.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl MorelloPastor of St. Giles Parish


RENEW MY CHURCH UPDATE FROM FATHER CARL – FEBRUARY 28, 2021

This week, I am sharing a letter sent to our four Oak Park parishes from Bishop Manz. The letter outlines a time frame for our parishes to begin the Renew My Church, or RMC, process. The Renew My Church mission has as its priorities making disciples, evangelization and vocations, building communities, leadership development, mission vitality, operating stability, and finally, inspiring witness by our faith in action. All of these priorities stem from this fact, WE ARE CALLED BY JESUS CHRIST!

The journey is meant to be spiritual, bringing people to a life-giving relationship in Jesus Christ, as well as the necessary changes that are needed in the structure and operations of our parishes. This is a quick overview of much of what RMC will require of each parish as we enter the process this June.

Please read the letter below and join me in praying that the Holy Spirit, always with us, gives us wisdom, courage and guidance as we move toward this process.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl MorelloPastor of St. Giles Parish


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