St. Luke-St. Bernardine Parish Grouping Team
now preparing final recommendation
With the collection of feedback from parishioners earlier this month and the second open meeting on January 19, the Grouping Feedback and Discernment Teams (GFDT) for St. Luke and St. Bernardine parishes will be working on their final recommendations for our grouping in the Renew My Church (RMC) initiative. They are expected to send their Feedback Summary Report to the Archdiocesan Renew My Church Commission on February 8.
The teams of representatives from each community have been meeting since last fall to share ideas, concerns, and hopes of each parish with the commission of recommending a plan to the archdiocese that would strengthen the Catholic presence in our area so we can better serve the mission of the Church.
The parish team for St. Luke consists of Mrs. Julie Bauer, Mrs. Sarina Butler, Mr. Joseph Bobak, Mr. Ben Keith, and our school principal, Mr. Andrew Di Marco. All considerations and possible configurations were made with the assistance of the Archdiocesan facilitator Mr. Leroy Chalmers.
The RMC Commission and the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council will then make their recommendation to Cardinal Blase Cupich, so he can make a final decision based on all the feedback received. That decision is expected to be announced in March.
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This initial stage is called the Discernment and Decisions Phase. The objective of this phase is to create a strategic plan that maximizes the best of the two parishes from both a financial and an operations outlook. There will soon be open meetings where parishioners can ask questions about the teams' findings and provide input to the team that may be helpful for the grouping's summary report.
That final report will include the grouping's recommendations to the Archdiocese's RMC Executive Committee and ultimately Cardinal Blase Cupich for a final decision on the future of the two parishes.
Following this initial stage, there are two more phases -- Operations and Transitions and Building the New Reality -- which will implement the final plan approved by the Archdiocese and Cardinal Blase Cupich.
Cardinal Cupich has said from the beginning that this process will inevitably include sacrifices by everyone in the archdiocese, including some church closings, combined churches into new parish structures, shared ministries, and letting go of our status quo way of thinking. But we will come out stronger at both the local level and as an archdiocese to grow in faith and numbers of believers who will be the disciples needed in this 21st century.
"This will take stepping out of our comfort zone, our patterns of behavior that have become familiar and comforting, letting go of our particular designs, so that a greater good can flourish and so that the work is most evidently the work of God and not the work of our hands."
- Cardinal Blase Cupich