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Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Update on the PalMeadow Heights Renew My Church Grouping

November 29, 2018

The Archdiocese of Chicago has provided the following update on the PalMeadow Heights Renew My Church grouping, which includes Misión San Juan Diego (Arlington Heights), St. Colette Parish and School (Rolling Meadows), St. Theresa Parish and School (Palatine) and St. Thomas of Villanova Parish and School (Palatine).

The PalMeadow Heights grouping began the review and discernment process in the spring of 2018. The Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team, which was made up of representatives from each of the parishes, met to review and discern the future church, parish and school structures for the communities of Arlington Heights, Palatine and Rolling Meadows. Based on their meetings and discussions with the larger parish community, they submitted a report for the archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission, which included representatives from across the archdiocese.

The Commission met to review the feedback report and other materials and information, including demographic data, financial summaries, and parish and grouping trends.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, and the archdiocesan Presbyteral Council recently met to discuss the Commission’s recommendation and other considerations. Based on that meeting, the Council raised questions that require additional time to allow for more discussion and discernment regarding the right future for this grouping. The Renew My Church team, Bishop Alberto Rojas, the episcopal vicar for the area, and the vicariate team will re-engage the parish communities for further consultation.