You Are Here : Renew My Church Monday, January 25, 2021
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Click here to read an informative booklet on the Renew My Church initiative, and consult these resource for more explanations of Renew My Church as it affects our entire archdiocese:


Renew My Church Main Website

Seven Signs of Mission Vitality

Facts and Stats for the Archdiocese

Renew My Church FAQs

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A Prayer For
Renew My Church

Lord Jesus, you speak to us today, as you spoke to holy men and women who have gone before us.
In every age and in our own time, you call to us and say:
Renew My Church. 

Pour out the gift of your Holy Spirit upon us,
and so enable us
to hear you clearly
to listen to each other attentively
to imagine our future boldly
to discern your direction wisely
to persevere in your holy will courageously
to stay together in charity
to surrender our own plans readily
to embrace the greater good
to hand on your gifts to future generations.

May we remain in the holy company
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the apostles, and all the saints.
May their example and presence
inspire us with patient confidence
in the work of your grace.

We ask this of you who live

and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

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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. 

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    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.




Three Phases of the Renew My Church initiative


    This initial stage is called the Discernment and Decisions PhaseThe 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



The Outlook from our Pastor

As your pastor, your shepherd, I share with you my heartfelt and sincere thoughts about this process. I see Renew My Church as an opportunity:

  • to ultimately bring others to know Christ more deeply

  • to come together in unity

  • to look beyond our parish, to parishes around us, and to see the bigger picture

  • to focus on mission

  • to address those faith-based issues most important to us

I pledge to you to communicate with everyone frequently and transparently, to inform you of our team members, and to keep you apprised of the results of our meetings, starting with the updates below that appeared in our Sunday bulletin. If you missed reading any of these updates, please click on them now to read them and then pray for the success of this initiative for our community!  - Rev. John Szmyd, pastor



No. 1-Aug. 16, 2020


No. 2-Sept. 27, 2020


No. 3-Oct. 4, 2020


No. 4-Oct. 11, 2020


No. 5-Oct. 18, 2020


No. 6-Oct. 25, 2020


No. 7-Nov. 8, 2020


No. 8-Nov. 15, 2020


December Grouping Report

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