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OUR PARISH GROUPING

Our ‘grouping’ is: St. Linus, Our Lady of the Ridge, St. Patricia (Hickory Hills), and Sacred Heart (Palos Hills). The purpose of the groupings is to provide a framework to maintain the church of Chicago while at the same time being realistic about personnel and resources. The specifics vary from region to region. Our needs and the needs of another area may require different implementations. The needs of our grouping will be uncovered in the months and years ahead. That we will have to look beyond our parish boundaries certainly will be a reality. Please continue to pray for the process and our involvement in it. Our grouping is not scheduled to be activated before July of 2018.

The Renew My Church initiative continues throughout the Archdiocese, and as we have mentioned will eventually reach us. When our parish becomes an activated group, sometime in the next year of two, there will be many meetings and discussions, led by the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese is very prepared for this process, and will help make the changes as ‘easy’ as possible. In the meantime, pray for the Renew My Church initiative and the currently activated groupings.

Essentially, the Church is asking that we develop a sustainable model of Parish life for the next generation (or 2) in the midst of a reduced number of clergy. Developing such a model of parish life can be life-giving, but only if we understand it will require change on all of our parts. In the midst of fewer clergy, can the Church still be alive and vibrant? Of course it can!! The groupings will give us the opportunity to see and explore new possibilities.

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletin - July 16, 2017

The Renew My Church initiative continues throughout the Archdiocese, and as I have mentioned will eventually reach us. When our parish becomes an activated group, sometime in the next year of two, there will be many meetings and discussions, led by the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese is very prepared for this process, and will help make the changes as ‘easy’ as possible. In the meantime, pray for the Renew My Church initiative and the currently activated groupings.

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletin - June 18, 2017

The Renew My Church initiative continues throughout the Archdiocese, and as I have mentioned will eventually reach us. The Vicariate V, (of which we are part), activated groupings for the second half of 2017 are: St. Adrian, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, and Queen of the Universe. When we become an activated group, sometime in the next year or two, there will be many meetings and discussions, led by the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese is very prepared for this process, and will help make the changes as ‘easy’ as possible. In the meantime, pray for the Renew My Church initiative and the currently activated groupings.

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletin - May 21, 2017

The Renew My Church groupings will be progressively implemented throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago over the next five years. I am fairly certain the grouping of which we are part, will not be implemented in the 2017/18 fiscal year. I think there is a good possibility it could be the following year, but that is just an educated guess. I will remind you of this occasionally and update you as I receive new information.

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletin - February 26, 2017

There was a meeting of the Priests of the Archdiocese last week, which continued the conversation of Renew My Church. The first dimension of the renewal is preparation. The preparation will provide structured programs for spiritual readiness of changing leadership. Though I don’t know for certain, I think the process for the grouping St. Linus is in, will begin in 2018 or 2019. I understand my reflections on this renewal lack the specifics you (and I) would like. But, I really do want to keep you informed as best I can. More to come!!

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletin - February 5, 2017

The Renew My Church initiative has now been presented to the people of the Archdiocese. For us at St. Linus, there will be no immediate impact, but eventually will call us to work in collaboration with the members of our grouping. Until that time, continue to pray for the initiative and the ministry of the Catholic Church in Chicago.

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletin - November 13, 2016

Next weekend on November 19-20, I will speak at all the Masses regarding the Renew My Church initiative. This structural change of the administration of parishes throughout the Archdiocese is the result of many shifts in our local church, which makes it impossible to administer our parishes in the same fashion as in the past. It will be the responsibility of pastors and all parish leadership to integrate this new leadership model in local parish communities. In a lot of ways, this initiative is still a work in progress, with some blessings and challenges. The changes will happen gradually and will not be the same everywhere. As the changes affect our parish I, of course, will keep you informed. When it is all said and done, the real purpose of any parish is to praise and serve God and minister to all in need. Our Church, and our parish will continue to do just that!!

I think it is helpful to consider in prayer, how we may be asked to change as a Church, and how we the Church will continue to proclaim Christ. Things will be different for parishes in the near future. Is our heart and spirit ready to ‘Let Go, and Let God’?

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From Our Pastor Father Mark Walter on Bulletins - October 16, 23 and 30, 2016

The Renew My Church initiative is intended to look in an honest and positive way at the challenges, our church of Chicago faces. The key is that we are all one church, not merely individual parishes. The process suggests opening our imaginations to a church, not merely defined by parish name, but by our common belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Obviously, this can open quite a conversation, but I believe that this is the initial point of this initiative. In what ways can we work and minister and pray as a church that is not exclusively defined by parish and parish boundaries?

Here are reflections on Renew My Church from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Renew My Church, is a multi-year initiative to ensure the sustainable growth of our Church for the future. It will create vital, vibrant, life-giving, Catholic communities across the Archdiocese of Chicago and inspire disciples to accompany members of our family of faith to seize this moment to make the mission of Christ our own - for our time.

At the parish level, Renew My Church calls each of us to face our challenges, and commit to a renewal of faith, active participation, engagement in a broader and more diverse family of families, and most importantly, to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Difficult decisions will have to be made. But those considerations will be balanced by the more important questions: How will this enable us to carry out Christ’s mission in the communities we serve? How will this lead to Renewal?

I think it is helpful to consider in prayer, how we may be asked to change as a Church, and how we the Church will continue to proclaim Christ. Things will be different for parishes in the near future. Is our heart and spirit ready to ‘Let Go, and Let God’?

I will continue to update you each week, in anticipation of an Archdiocesan-wide promotion of the initiative on Christ the King weekend (November 19 and 20). In the meantime, please continue to pray for this initiative and all the many ways it will affect our local church.

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