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Update on the Renew My Church Events

Members of the Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team (GFDT): Bill Horan, Sara Goddard, Terry Adkins, Karyn McGovern, Mark Meier, Katie Carden, and Fr. Larry McNally.

Last week, we welcomed our Grouping Parishes to St. Matthias for the next gathering meeting. We talked as individual parishes and then as a whole group about “Our Realities, Our Grouping Strengths and Challenges.” We certainly have some commonly shared strengths, such as our communities, and challenges, such as debt and building maintenance issues! We also did some planning for our first Parish Session. Thursday of last week, Fr. Larry and Katie Carden joined the other priests and principals at Queen of Angels to start the conversation about possible scenarios for our grouping with the counsel and advisement of the Archdiocese RMC leadership team. The results of this meeting have been sent to Bishop Bartosic for review. Once he has had the chance to review that, we will have more information to share with you.

Continue to make the effort to get to our neighboring parishes to experience a weekend liturgy. And as always, let us pray for St. Matthias, our grouping parishes and our Catholic Church here in Chicago and around the world!

Upcoming sessions:

Whole Parish Presentations/Conversations:

  • Parish Session #1 – At each of the masses on August 24th and 25th the GFDT will present a 10-minute summary of the RMC Process so far and what is happening moving forward. After each mass, the team will be available to answer any questions.
  • Parish Session #2 – Tuesday, September 17th, 7pm at St. Matthias

Grouping Team Meetings:

  • Thursday, Sept. 5th – Grouping Session #3 at Transfiguration
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10th – Grouping Session #4 at St. Hilary

Renew My Church: A Prayer

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. Amen

Little Sisters of the Poor

If you’d like to donate or volunteer we can be reached at:

St. Mary's Home 2325 N. Lakewood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3112 Phone: 773-935-9600

LOSS Program for Children and Youth

The Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program for Children and Youth continues to meet with bereaved children and adolescents who have lost a loved one to suicide. This specialized grief support program provides individual counseling and group support for child and teen survivors. Counseling is offered in various Chicagoland locations. The program has no cost and is always tailored to fit the child and family’s grief support needs. For more information, or to do an intake, contact (312) 655-7284.