CHICAGO (CBS) — Parishioners of a Catholic church visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979 are trying to convince Archbishop Blase Cupich their church should remain open as a full-time parish.
Earlier this week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced plans consolidate six churches in Pilsen into three, because of changing demographics, lower Mass attendance and the decline in the number of priests.
St. Adalbert will close. St. Pius V, St. Paul, and St. Procopius will remain open. St. Ann will become a worship site of St. Paul, and Providence of God will become a worship site of St. Procopius.
Providence of God, at 717 W. 18th St., just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway, will continue to celebrate masses, but it will be up to the pastor of St. Procopius to determine if any other sacraments or services will be held there.
Parishioners of Providence of God Church don’t like the planned changes, and planned to Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, and stage an overnight vigil outside.
“This is where they taught us to be a church, and it is a pillar in our community,” said Julie Contreras, who graduated from Providence of God School.