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My Dear Sisters and Brothers of Holy Angels :
As you know, we are in the midst of the Renew My Church process for the Bronzeville/Hyde Park Grouped parishes. Those parishes include Holy Angels, St. Elizabeth, Corpus Christi, St. Ambrose, St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Anselm. To keep you informed, I am providing you with an update of where we are in the process. Scenarios were created to initiate discussion; the Archdiocese has offered a set of initial scenarios that show potential models of how our parishes and schools could be configured in the future. These initial scenarios have been developed accounting for data such as demographics, Mass attendance, financial and facility conditions.
As we review the scenarios, it is important for all us to do so prayerfully keeping in mind that the spiritual and structural renewal to which we are called to foster are connected. The best and most effective and efficient stewardship of our resources (which is structural renewal) can allow us to invest more into the ministries that directly work toward making disciples, building community and inspiring witness (which is spiritual renewal).
Just as Jesus asks us to pray always, He also invites us to trust always. Together, we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to determine how Our Lord will use existing structures to create new ones that bring more people into relationship with Him.
Your input is needed
Again, these initial scenarios are conversation starters only. No decisions have been made. We are asked to provide feedback on the initial scenarios from the Archdiocese and propose alternative scenarios and configuration models.
Click here to view the scenarios.
Sincerely, Father Drew