Renew My Church Scenarios

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We thank all of our parishioners and friends that shared their feedback on the proposed structural scenarios with the St. Pius X RMC Discernment Feedback Team. Scenario 2, Option 1 and Scenario 3, Option 1, along with a suggested possible stand-alone scenario for St. Pius X received the most comments and concerns.

Our team met with our grouping teams on Tuesday, September 21 to continue discussing the proposed structural scenarios and to present your feedback.

After reviewing the feedback received, our team presented a 6th scenario to our grouping. Scenario 6 will be included in our discussions as our grouping reviews the strengths and challenges of each scenario at our next meeting.

Scenario 6: 3 Parishes

Parish 1. St. Leonard and Our Lady of Charity unite as one parish. 1 or 2 church sites

  • .Church configuration scenario 1: Both churches continue to hold Sunday Mass(es)
  • .Church configuration scenario 2: All Masses are scheduled at St. Leonard and OLC closes

Parish 2: St. Mary of Czestochowa remains in its current structure

Parish 3: St. Pius X remains in its current structure

Scenario 6 will be included in our discussions as our grouping reviews the strengths and challenges of each scenario.

All scenarios will be discussed highlighting the strengths and challenges they present to our grouping. The “feedback” will then be presented in a Grouping document by our Grouping Writing team to the RMC Executive Committee. That presentation will take place at the end of October.

The RMC Executive Committee discerns and makes recommendations to the Presbyteral Council. The Presbyteral presents their recommendations to the Cardinal who makes the final decision.

 The objective of the Renew My Church Initiative is to create and renew vital and sustainable parishes that have the appropriate vision, leadership and resources to create an effective culture of evangelization that makes disciples, builds communities and inspires witness. Let us continue to pray for guidance as we move closer to presenting our “Feedback” to Cardinal Cupich.

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The St. Pius X Grouping Discernment Feedback Team

As our writing team moves forward with our grouping structural scenario feedback report we must all keep in mind the criteria  of foundational principles for evaluating sustainable parish and school scenarios.

Foundational principles for evaluating sustainable parish and school scenarios:

Potential parish structures are evaluated against a set of criteria determined using data across the Archdiocese for how a structure would support vitality and ensure viability, such as:

Ministerial and spiritual needs of the parish: To enliven the work of evangelization, formation, worship, and pastoral care in today’s time and culture, parishes ordinarily will build a strong a staff team to support the pastor. Staff teams will be professionally trained and justly paid. To support this staffing and basic operations, such as paying utilities, parishes generally will need operating revenue of $750,000 or more (excluding rental income).

Parishioner count and Mass attendance: Based on the number of pastors expected to be available across the Archdiocese in the future, a minimum of 800 parishioners attending weekend Mass is generally needed to be assigned a full-time, resident pastor. In addition, parishes need enough people power (i.e, parishioner count) to support vibrant ministries.

Pastoral manageability: It is critical that our structures support our pastors and pastoral teams to focus as much time and energy as possible on ministry. These structures need to be realistic to manage, considering potential travel between campuses, sacramental coverage, and administrative, facility, and ministerial needs.

Parish financial stability and facilities: Parish financial stability and adequate, accessible and safe facilities with capacity for growth and affordable ongoing repair/maintenance. Capital investments are prudent considering what the parish needs for ministry – including worship capacity and ministry space.

School quality and financial stability: A Catholic school should be best positioned to provide the very highest quality of faith formation and academic quality in a manner that is financially sustainable. A key measure is the potential to enroll a minimum of 240 students in PK-8, considering area demographics and parish student population.

Please continue to pray for our grouping  parishes.

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