February 2020 Monthly Calendar
-Bible Study at Good Shepherd Tower on Weds, February 19 at 12:00 noon. All are welcome.
-Saturday, February 22nd Mobile Food Pantry at St. Elizabeth Church Hall. Volunteers needed at 7:00 am to help unload the Food Truck.
-Sunday, February 23, 2020 Joint Parish Mass at St Elizabeth at 10:30 am. Celebrating Black History Month-All our invited to wear cultural dress all month and especially next Sunday.
-Saturday, March 14th –9:00-11:30 am at St. Anselm Hall -Renew My Church Meeting with Parish Councils/Finance Councils from St. Ambrose, St. Anselm, Corpus Christi, St. Elizabeth, Holy Angles, St. Thomas the Apostle
Renew My Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago
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 · Institute of Christ the King · St. Thomas the Apostle. All of them are in a geographic area that is close to us.
Remember, you can read all about Renew My Church on the website I listed above. Let all of us be renewed as we go forward as missionary disciples who believe in Jesus Christ.
Renew My Church
- Parish grouping
- St. Ambrose, St. Anselm, St. Elizabeth, St. Thomas the Apostle, Institute of Christ the King
- 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
- 3 from St. Anselm, 3 from St. Elizabeth, 3 from St. Ambrose, 3 from Corpus Christi. If a Parish has a School 5 Lay leaders are chosen-Holy Angels-5 & St. Thomas the Apostle-5
- June, 2020, A retreat day will be given to
- Pastors and Lay Leadership
- September-December, 2020-Discernment & Decisions
- 5 phase process will determine the future of the parishes includes
- Finances, Personnel, Building improvements, Sustainability
REASONS FOR RENEW MY CHURCH IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
WHY MAKE DISCIPLES
- 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.
WHY BUILD COMMUNITIES
- 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.
WHY INSPIRE WITNESS
- 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: 10:30 am
8:00 am in the Rectory
St Anselm Roman Catholic Church
6045 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60637