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Edgewater’s St. Ita Parish To Merge With Uptown’s St. Thomas of Canterbury

St. Ita Church in Edgewater

The Archdiocese of Chicago put out a press release late Tuesday regarding their Lakeshore Drive Renew My Church grouping, which includes St. Ita Parish, St. Mary of the Lake Parish and School, and St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish and School. Under a proposed plan St. Ita Parish in Edgewater (5500 N. Broadway) will merge with St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Uptown (4827 N. Kenmore).

According to the release the two churches will likely merge as a new consolidated parish beginning May 31, 2019. The Archdiocese also added that both buildings will remain open and provide regular services led by the order of Franciscan Friars. St. Thomas of Canterbury School, which is located on the Saint Ita property, is expected to continue with all current programming as a ministry of the new consolidated parish.

St. Mary of the Lake Parish and School in Buena Park will also remain open with all current programming. However, it will eventually be consolidated into another parish group after the Archdiocese decided that it would be better served as part of an alternate grouping.

The Renew My Church plan was started in order to help reorganize both staff and parishes. It’s purpose is to maintain vibrant Catholic communities as the church currently deals with a troubling priest shortage.

The release also stated that the Lakeshore Drive grouping began the Renew My Church review and discernment process back in the spring of this year. After talks between representatives from affected parishes concerning the future church, parish and school structures, a final report was given to the Archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission. A final decision on the matter is expected to be announced by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich (archbishop of Chicago) next month after a final meeting on Jan. 15, 2019.

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