CHICAGO (CBS) — At midnight Thursday night, St. Adalbert’s Church in Pilsen ceases to exist as a parish in the eyes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, but the battle by its supporters to save the 102-year-old building is not over.
Supporters asked Archbishop Blase Cupich to reconsider his order dissolving the parish, but he rejected the plea in a June 13 decree.
Catholic Church Preservation Society member Anina Jakubowski said one hope remains — appealing directly to the Vatican. She said a canon law lawyer has filed the necessary papers to begin the appeal.
“It’s not over,” she said.
Jakubowski said St. Adalbert’s supporters have been assured the donor, who has promised $1.3 million toward repairs to the twin towers of the Henry Schlacks-designed Italian Renaissance church, remains committed to saving the church. The Society is trying to raise interest in its fight among other Polish Roman Catholic organizations and parishes, but Sunday’s 8 a.m. mass in Polish could be the last at the church.