*********Joint Mass at St Elizabeth Church on October 27, 2019 at 10:30am.  No Mass at St. Anselm.*******


“Every day, your lease on life is renewed. Resolve to give of yourself today. Help someone, even though it takes time; look for the positive in others. Your day will be richer!”

In the Archdiocese of Chicago website, there is one section devoted to Renew My Church. The website that deals with all of Renew My Church is https://www.renewmychurch.org/

You can access anything on the website regarding Renew My Church. The Renew My Church Grouping that we are part of in the Archdiocese includes the following Parishes:

  • St. Ambrose · St. Anselm · Corpus Christi · St. Elizabeth · Holy Angels* · Shrine of Christ the King · St. Thomas the Apostle. All of them are in a geographic area that is close to us.

Last week I included an article on “Missionary Disciples” in the Church Bulletin.  Today, I include articles from the Archdiocese website which has a few pages on identifying disciples and missionary disciples among us. It is helpful as we approach and begin this process next year.

Remember, you can read all about Renew My Church on the website I listed above. I hope you find it helpful. Let all of us be renewed as we go forward as missionary disciples who believe in Jesus Christ.


 October Calendar:

  • Weekly Calendar-Today, Sunday, October 20th. We have a Second Collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. We help the poor Mission Dioceses and the people they serve in the most remote areas of our world. Thank you for your generosity.

    -Today, St. Anselm Parish Council Meeting after Mass today. Anyone is welcome to join us.

    -Saturday, October 26th, Mobile Food Pantry at St Elizabeth. Volunteers always needed and welcomed.

    -Next Sunday, October 27th. The Multi-Cultural Mass, our Joint Sunday Liturgy together for October, will be at St. Elizabeth at 10:30 am. Please invite all your Family and Friends to attend this Multi-Cultural Mass which celebrates our Unity and Diversity. A light reception will follow the Mass in St. Elizabeth Hall. We ask you to bring your favorite dessert to share on that day.

    -Wednesday, October 30, Bible Study at Good Shepherd Tower at 12:00 noon.

    -We have mor

 Parish Council Minutes

Joint Parish Council Meeting September 22nd 2019


Renew My Church 

      • Parish grouping 
      • Corpus Christi, Holy Angels, St. Ambrose, St. Anselm, St. Elizabeth, St. Thomas
        • Collaborations between St. Anselm and St. Elizabeth has helped our parishes to begin the process.
      • March 2020 pastors in the grouping will meet  
      • June 2020 Lay leadership will be chosen
        • 5 from St. Anselm & 5 from St. Elizabeth 
        • A retreat day will be given to 
          • Pastors, Lay Leadership & congregation
      •  Fall 2020 we will be fully activated 
      • 5 phase process will determine the future of the parishes includes
        • Finances, Personnel, Building improvements, Sustainability


  • 136 tickets were distributed 
  • A survey was given out
    • Disappointed in the catered food
    • Half of those who filled out the survey thought that the picnic should be in the Park
    • Half of those who filled out the survey wanted pot luck or grilling
    • More games for children and volunteers 
    • More games for adults 
  • In January or February volunteers are needed to create Picnic committee to plan the 2020 picnic

     Multi-cultural Mass and Reception

  • Invitations and a letter to the pastors inviting other churches to join us for the multicultural mass
  • Prayers of the faithful will be said in various languages
  • One reading in Spanish, one in French and the gospel in English

      Raffle tickets

    • Each parishioner was assigned tickets 


  • Tickets will be distributed to both parishes
  • Monies from the raffle will be split evenly between both parishes


Next joint meeting will be in December 


  • Meeting will take place at December joint meeting to begin discussions on 2020 fundraisers.


  • It was suggested to have a Day of reflection for both parish councils. 


The Next meeting will take place in December.





  • Thirty-six percent of Millennials claim no affiliation with organized religion.
  • Of Millennials who claim to be Catholic, only 17 percent attend Mass on a weekly basis. However, this number doubles when you look at Millennials who attend Mass on a monthly basis.
  • Over the past 20 years, the parishioner base in the Archdiocese of Chicago has declined 25 percent, and further declines are likely as younger generations replace older, more faith-focused generations.
  • In the past, Catholic young people grew up in a society that was very supportive of faith, and they grew into faithful Catholics through attendance in Catholic schools and regular participation in the life of their parishes. Today things are different: faith is not trusted because it can’t be reconciled with science; people feel they can be spiritual without being religious; and regular practice of faith is not prioritized by families facing so many time pressures.
  • We can no longer assume children will grow into an active faith life but, rather, we need to identify new ways of bringing youth to a new relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.


  • Our parish and school communities today face a number of impediments to vitality—the parishioner bases of many parishes are very small; the number of school-aged children in areas has decreased; there is increased competition from charter and public schools; we have fewer priests; many of our parishes are not sustainable to carry on the mission of the Church; and many parishes and schools have deferred maintenance for many years, resulting in unaffordable capital needs. We know resourcing alone is not enough to meet the needs of our times. Parish and school communities that today are well-resourced and vibrant still face significant challenges.
  • Our parishes must provide compelling liturgies that invite people to participate actively in Mass.
  • Our parishes and schools must provide true faith formation programs that move beyond catechesis to form true disciples of Christ.
  • Our parishes and schools need to reach out to people and invite them to Christ rather than wait for them to come to us.
  • Our parishes and schools need to become the field hospitals Pope Francis has called them to be.


  • Today’s times call us to put our Catholic faith into action more than ever before.
  • The breakdown of the family, growing violence and lack of respect for human dignity, and the social ills of unemployment, racism, and poverty all point to a world in need of witnesses to the compassion and redemption of Christ.
  • We must follow Pope Francis’ lead and serve those in need.


Sunday Mass:10:30AM

Weekday Mass 


8:00am in the Rectory

St Anselm Roman Catholic Church

6045 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago IL 60637