Chicago Archdiocese to Merge Parishes, Close 2 Churches and School

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2019-11-08 23:30:59

Parishioners at two Catholic churches on Chicago’s Far Northwest Side reacted with anger and sadness Friday evening after learning their churches will close as part of a restructuring plan. 

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced Friday night it will merge St. Cornelius and St. Techla parishes with St. Tarcissus. St. Thecla’s School will also close, and its student will be transfered to the Pope Francis Global School. 

The closures are part of the “Renew My Church Initiative,” the Archdiocese’s plan to restructure its parishes for a more sustainable future. 

Video from Friday night’s meeting showed parishioners yelling after the merger was announced. 

Tense Situation Erupts as Parishioners Learn About Chicago Church Closings

[CHI] Tense Situation Erupts as Parishioners Learn About Chicago Church Closings

“I got to say, I have never been in my entire life more ashamed to be, I believe in Christ, but I can’t believe I have united with the Archdiocese of Chicago,” said parishioner Luke Schutt.

Churchgoes said they’ve lost their faith in leadership, and the move is all about money.

“So I ask the Archdiocese. Look at yourself,” parishioner Kathy Borner said. “Look at what is happening within the church. And I don’t think the change needs to come from the parishioners.” 

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