Renew My Church

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.

Next Parish Town Hall Meeting:
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Renewal requires envisioning, planning, and new means to bring Jesus Christ to others. There are nearly 100 groupings of parishes and schools across the Archdiocese. Each grouping will engage in a process to address necessary questions of structure, how to work together across communities within each grouping, and how to establish a strong foundation for vitality through focused evangelization and faith formation efforts.  Supporting our parishes with the best structures enables us to breathe renewed life into our efforts to make disciples, build communities, and inspire witness.

Our grouping consists of St. Ita Parish, St. Mary of the Lake Parish and School, and St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish and School.  A Grouping Team of representatives from each parish and school is working together to consider the possibilities for our grouping and will make a report to Cardinal Cupich.  Our parish representatives on the Grouping Team are our pastor, Fr. Paul Schneider, Bob Hogan, Salvador Mangandi, and Joan Mikol. Our school representatives are our principal, Christine Boyd, Mary Ann Clancy, and Virginia Peña.

To initiate discussion, the Archdiocese has offered our grouping a set of initial scenarios that show potential models of how the parishes and schools could be configured in the future (view video presentation).  The scenarios are based on a set of criteria intended to support vitality and ensure viability. These initial scenarios are conversation starters only.  No decisions have been made.

Your feedback and input are important.  If you are unable to attend one of the parish town hall meetings, please speak to Fr. Paul or another member of the Grouping Team.

Video Presentation of Uptown-Edgewater scenarios
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)