Renew My Church

St. Josaphat is in Wave 1 of the Archdiocese's Renew My Church initiative.

Included in our Grouping is St. Michael's of Old Town, St. Vincent de Paul, Immaculate Conception / St. Joseph, and St. Teresa of Avila.  

Jesus Christ calls us to constantly renew His Church. Renew My Church is the Archdiocese of Chicago's response to His call and our invitation for renewal.

Through a multitude of Renew My Church initiatives, the Archdiocese will re-commit our local Church to our gospel commission to make disciples, build vital communities of faith and inspire witness to bring the light and hope of Christ to a world in need.

Today, we face a trending crisis of faith. Fewer people than ever are connected with organized religion. Many who identify as Catholic do not attend weekly Mass. Overall, we see an increase in signs of a broken world. As a result of this crisis, we find ourselves with less people and financial resources for ministry. However, we are a strong and committed Church that will work together to overcome the challenges we face today and in the centuries to come.

One initiative of Renew My Church is focused on increasing the vitality of our local communities.
Cardinal Cupich has asked our parish to come together with the other parishes in our grouping to start a process of reflection, discernment, and planning to consider how we can collaborate and combine resources so that we are better equipped to bring Jesus Christ to the world today.

Our journey from now through May will entail collaborating with our neighbors to:
Assess current realities in our community,
Understand the criteria and principles for our planning efforts,
Discuss possible scenarios for how our grouping's parishes and schools could be structured in the future, and
Compile our feedback to share with the Archdiocese as we move to the discernment and decision phase of this important process

We Invite You
As a first step, we invite you to join parish leadership for our first Renew My Church parish session on Monday, February 26 at 7 pm in the Church.

During this session we will:
Discuss Renew My Church and the process we are beginning together,
Review important information and questions about our community such as the strengths and challenges that exist in our grouping, and
Answer any questions you may have.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Let us hold each other and the other parish and school communities in our grouping in prayer as we enter this time of rededication to our faith in Jesus Christ and planning for the future.

See the Arch website for more details.

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