To understand St. Paul VI Parish, we have to go back to the Archdiocesan Renew My Church process which began in June 2020. Four parishes’ teams were gathered, St. Hugh, St. Mary, Mater Christi, and St. Pius X. There were months of prayer and meetings, discussions, and finally decisions. In January 2021, St. Pius X left our grouping for another, and St. Hugh, St. Mary, and Mater Christi became one parish. Fr. Tom May was named the Pastor and Fr. Matt Nemchausky Associate Pastor.
Cardinal Cupich announced the new parish had a name, St. Paul VI. On June 27th, 2021, we celebrated our Unification Day. First, we gathered at St. Hugh for the final Mass there, as St. Hugh. We then went to Mater Christi where the old school building was dedicated as the St. Hugh Faith Formation Center. Finally, we gathered at St. Mary for the dedication of the Lyne Center, the new parish office. On July 1, 2021, we were a new parish with two worship sites: Mater Christi church and St. Mary church.
Unifying the parish continued as a new parish staff was brought together, a Parish Pastoral Council and a new Finance Council were formed, with each of these having members from all three original parishes. The three women’s groups have united as the Women’s Society of St. Paul VI Parish.
On September 17, we began preparing for the Feast of St. Paul VI with a novena at Mater Christi Church. On September 26, 2021, we celebrated the Feast of St. Paul VI at a Mass during which Bishop Kevin Birmingham installed Fr. May as pastor. Fr. Matt Nemchausky was presented to the parish as Associate Pastor along with the parish staff, Pastoral Council, and Finance Council members. Following the Mass, there was a Ministry Fair to familiarize parishioners with opportunities to share their gifts and talents. We concluded with a reception where we met old friends and began new friendships, continuing the work of unity.
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