ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Renew My Church
Dreaming Big about the Archdiocese of Chicago
DOCUMENTATION AND RESOURCES
- Archdiocesan Renew My Church Website – www.archchicago.org/renew
- Letter from Cardinal Cupich – Parish Grouping Process – January 21, 2017 – pdf Document
- What Renew My Church means for our Vision of Parish Life – June 7, 2016 – pdf Document
- An Invitation to join Archbishop Cupich in Renewing the Archdiocese of Chicago – May 14-15, 2016 – pdf Document
OUR PARISH GROUPING AND NEXT STEP
St. Giles is in a grouping with St. Catherine-St. Lucy, Ascension, St. Edmund, St. Bernadine, St. Luke and St. Vincent Ferrer.
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. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 2020. More to discuss. We’ll keep all updated.