Monday, June 18, 2012

The Future of Saint James Parish

Greetings to all on this Monday morning here in Chicago, where the temperature is predicted to reach 95 degrees today; a hot one for sure.

I hope you had a chance to take a peek at the new funeral music collection I shared with you on Friday.

Yesterday at my parish, we had a visiting priest, one of my pastor's brother monks from Saint Meinrad. While I love my pastor, it was nice to have a different celebrant for Mass. And it was also good to settle back into Ordinary Time. Our parish has a "Mustard Seed Society," a group of parishioners who gather to talk about the future for our small parish. There have been some rumors floating around the parish: that we will be hearing some exciting news soon about the future of our parish. After our beautiful church building was closed over three years ago, we moved into the school auditorium. It has been a challenge at times, but the commnity's spirit and prayer have been nourished and, I believe, have grown over these past three years. We have been told that it will cost upwards of twelve million dollars for us to move back into the church.

It is just not possible for such a small community like ours top raise that amount of money. Yesterday, I read in the parish bulletin that we had served 1659 families in the month of May at our parish's food pantry. So, we are praying, singing, celebrating, and reaching out to the poor on Chicago's near South Side. There have been rumors that somehow the bell tower will be saved and incorporated into a new worship space for us on a different piece of property near the current parish plant. But you know how rumors are. I am waiting patiently for the announcement and am praying that somehow we will be able to continue as Saint James Parish. Please say a prayer for us.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

1 comment:

Chase M. Becker said...

It's sad to hear that St. James can't be restored. It's such a fine historic structure. But I also understand the massive amount of resources it takes to maintain such a building. It's too bad that some alternative uses for the church building couldn't be explored.

However, I hope that St. James parish can work towards settling into a permanent place of worship. There's a certain amount of excitement and possibility with that option as well.