BACK OF THE YARDS — More Catholic parishes are set to merge on the South Side and south suburbs, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Monday.
Six churches in Back of the Yards and in suburban Markham-Harvey will consolidate in their respective communities as part of the ongoing Renew My Church efforts.
The consolidation, effective July 1, involves the following churches:
Back of the Yards Renew My Church Grouping
The Back of the Yards grouping includes the following parishes:
- Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary, 4541 S. Wood St.
- St. Joseph, 1723 W. 48th St.
- St. Michael the Archangel, 4825 S. Damen Ave.
The parishes will unite as one new parish with a new name no later than July 1. St. Joseph will become the designated parish church.
St. Michael will host one Sunday Mass each weekend, while Immaculate Heart of Mary will stop holding regular services, according to a press release.
Markham-Harvey Renew My Church Grouping
The Markham-Harvey grouping includes the following parishes:
- Ascension–St. Susanna
- St. Gerard Majella
- St. John the Baptist
The parish will unite as one under a new name at St. John the Baptist. The formal union of the parishes will happen no later than July 1. The other parishes will stop holding masses.
Cardinal Blase Cupich made the decision following consultation with staff and advisers.
“The commission met to review the feedback reports and other materials and information, including demographic data, financial summaries, and parish and grouping trends,” the archdiocese said in its announcement.
The archdiocese and pastors will work to assist in merging parish and schools.
The next round of mergers in Old Irving Park and Addison and Jefferson Park and Portage Park are expected to be announced in December.
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