Parish Conversation to Discuss Our Future
Our Renew My Church Grouping Team, which consisted of representatives from St. Constance, St. Pascal, St. Robert and Our Lady of Victory parishes, spent the last three months in a collaborative effort to deliberate on the future of the Church in the Portage Park/Jefferson Park community. Each parish small group team shared their deliberations with and obtained feedback from their respective parishioners. The result of our collaborations is the below report.
The first five pages of the report outline our goals and conclusions of the strengths and challenges of the five possible scenarios for what our future as a Church might look like. The remainder of the report provides a more in depth analysis of each scenario. While a consensus emerged that Scenario #1 (see report summary for details) would meet the criteria and most likely succeed, there were merits to the other scenarios as well. The Team presented its feedback summary report to the RMC Executive Committee on October 20.
The RMC Committee will make its recommendation to Cardinal Cupich. After consulting with the Presbyteral Council (the group of elected priests who meet regularly), the cardinal will make his final decision. The tentative date for that announcement is November 11.
Community Discernment and Planning Feedback Summary (upd. 10/23)