You Are Here : Renew My Church Thursday, July 02, 2020
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Click here to read a comprehensive booklet on the entire 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

Cardinal Cupich's 2016 Introduction to RMC

Cardinal Cupich's Update on the Parish Grouping Process

Complete List of All Parish Groupings

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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Renew My Church Underway in Archdiocese of Chicago

The Renew My Church (RMC) initiative has been underway for about two years now in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is meant to help evangelize and help share the faith among people in a more deliberate way and to guide us into the future as a people of hope. It also aims to address the declining number of priests, which is projected to drop from 770 to 240 diocesan priests by 2030, as well as religious men and women who are available to serve our archdiocese.

Map of 7 parishes in Oak Park-River Forest-Forest Park    After much consultation with representatives from all 344 parishes, the archdiocese has been divided into an initial 97 groupings of parishes based on geographic and ministerial considerations. In the River Forest-Oak Park area, our local grouping consists of:

  • Ascension, Oak Park
  • St. Bernardine, Forest Park
  • St. Catherine-St. Lucy, Oak Park
  • St. Edmund, Oak Park
  • St. Giles, Oak Park
  • St. Luke, River Forest
  • St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest

    These seven parishes cover a large geographic area, so we expect that sub-groupings will be formed for closer, more practical collaboration (see sidebar at right).
    From various communications, we know that Renew My Parish is working towards a more vibrant Church here in our archdiocese. Cardinal Blase 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.

"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 our hands."
                                - Cardinal Cupich


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