CHICAGO (CBS) – Our Lady of Victory Church will held its last mass Sunday, but hopes remain as parishioners want the historical building to stay in the neighborhood.
Founded in 1906, the church located in Jefferson Park is home to Irish, Polish, and German congregations. The Closure is part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church plan — a restructuring planned for the Northwest Side that will group eight churches and schools into three new parishes.READ MORE: Oak Park And River Forest High School Ban On Activities Due To COVID Outbreak Sparks Outrage
A campaign to bring attention to the closing was appealed to the Archdiocese but was denied. The group also appealed to the Vatican to not officially close the building but are still waiting on a response.READ MORE: My Block, My Hood, My City Lights Up South Side By Decorating Homes For The Holidays
In a letter from the pastor, members from the church are urged to participate in schedule periods of Adoration at Saint Bartholomew and Saint Pascal churches. Next Sunday, a shuttle bus will transport members from Our Lady of Victory to the other churches for service starting at 10 a.m.
The church announced its closing last year but didn’t express any plans for the building but mentioned selling the property as an option.MORE NEWS: Reopened Markets, Stores Packed With Shoppers Ready To Celebrate Holidays
There are still possible opportunities for weddings and funerals at the church, and parishioners say they hope the building can be repurposed and kept in the community. The Archdiocese has announced no immediate plans but says optinos are being discussed.