“I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today's world rather than for her self-preservation.” Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel
In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls for a ‘missionary option.’ In other words, he wants the Church to look outward and to reach beyond herself, as she seeks to bring Christ to the world. Every day, we see signs of pain and immense suffering even in places where we used to find comfort. We are also bearing witness to the new life and new possibilities that God offers us in the death and resurrection of His Son, which is why we must always turn and return to Jesus Christ, as He tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6
Through our personal encounters with Jesus in His community of disciples and His Church, will we find healing, forgiveness, and possibilities for new life that God offers us.
To address the challenges of our time, we are called by Jesus to rebuild. Renew My Church is a vision and strategic plan guiding our response to this call for renewal. This spiritual revitalization will reclaim what is most central and sacred to our faith and breathe new life into our methods of sharing the Gospel. In this way, we can people a Church and a home for their faith that is marked by more faithful discipleship, a loving community, and an inspired source for witness. so that those for whom we pray are brought home to a Church that is marked by greater discipleship, loving community, and inspiring witness..
Our Lady of the Holy Family Parish
1335 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 243-7400
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The Archdiocese of Chicago serves around 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake Counties in Northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates and 31 deaneries. This local church is pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, assisted by six Episcopal Vicars, each responsible for a vicariate (region).